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Storms, curling, and hosting the Provincial Masters in Middleton

Middleton Curling Club is hosting the Provincial Masters.
Middleton Curling Club is hosting the Provincial Masters.

MIDDLETON - A week of storms made for an eventful and hectic time outside but a very quiet week inside Middleton Curling Club.

Monday’s Nor’easter – what the CBC weatherman called the worst storm of his career after White Juan – effectively shut down the club for two days.  

All of Monday’s Leagues and the Youth programs were cancelled as the province was closed to business, and then Tuesday’s winds meant that snow removal was labourious and the Western League was also cancelled. It was not until Wednesday that curling resumed – but wait! Another storm, so Thursday’s Mixed League was also called off while curlers dug themselves out and the club tried to find somewhere to put the additional snow.

A calmer day on Friday meant that Jean Fry and the Afternoon League could finally host Berwick in part two of the home-and-home. MCC curlers went into this friendly competition nine points down and with home ice advantage, initially surged ahead. Bob Clattenburg and his team made 9 points and brought the score to a tie. However, in the end Berwick pulled ahead by 2 points and took the trophy home with them.

The pleasure in a home-and-home is as much off-ice as anything. Curlers enjoy the social time of a lunch together and drinks and snacks after the games are over. This is why the cry at curling matches is always “Sociable.”

Looking ahead, club members are relieved to see no major weather bombs in the forecast for this weekend’s Provincial Masters. Several times the club has played host in very challenging conditions, but so far the forecast looks manageable. A large number of the club’s curlers volunteer for some part of the Masters in order to make this five-day event possible in Middleton and so everyone feels a sense of involvement.  

The Masters curlers have a history with MCC and look forward to their time in the “Heart of the Valley.” This year’s draws were finalized later than usual – one of the women’s teams withdrew when their skip was on the winning team for Nova Scotia to compete in the Scotties.   Margaret Cutcliffe won’t be skipping a team in Middleton on the weekend but she will be on the TV in your living room playing for the province’s team skipped by Mary Mattatall.

The first draws for the Provincial Masters take place on Friday, Feb. 24. The club is open from early morning for practice ice, but the team that Middleton is rooting for – Wayne Schurman as skip – is curling first at 4 p.m. on Friday. Everyone is invited to drop in and see some championship-level curling.

Community members are always welcome at MCC. Game times are posted on MCC’s homepage at www.middletoncurlingclub.com

Article by Karen Sotvedt, a member of the Middleton Curling Club.

Monday’s Nor’easter – what the CBC weatherman called the worst storm of his career after White Juan – effectively shut down the club for two days.  

All of Monday’s Leagues and the Youth programs were cancelled as the province was closed to business, and then Tuesday’s winds meant that snow removal was labourious and the Western League was also cancelled. It was not until Wednesday that curling resumed – but wait! Another storm, so Thursday’s Mixed League was also called off while curlers dug themselves out and the club tried to find somewhere to put the additional snow.

A calmer day on Friday meant that Jean Fry and the Afternoon League could finally host Berwick in part two of the home-and-home. MCC curlers went into this friendly competition nine points down and with home ice advantage, initially surged ahead. Bob Clattenburg and his team made 9 points and brought the score to a tie. However, in the end Berwick pulled ahead by 2 points and took the trophy home with them.

The pleasure in a home-and-home is as much off-ice as anything. Curlers enjoy the social time of a lunch together and drinks and snacks after the games are over. This is why the cry at curling matches is always “Sociable.”

Looking ahead, club members are relieved to see no major weather bombs in the forecast for this weekend’s Provincial Masters. Several times the club has played host in very challenging conditions, but so far the forecast looks manageable. A large number of the club’s curlers volunteer for some part of the Masters in order to make this five-day event possible in Middleton and so everyone feels a sense of involvement.  

The Masters curlers have a history with MCC and look forward to their time in the “Heart of the Valley.” This year’s draws were finalized later than usual – one of the women’s teams withdrew when their skip was on the winning team for Nova Scotia to compete in the Scotties.   Margaret Cutcliffe won’t be skipping a team in Middleton on the weekend but she will be on the TV in your living room playing for the province’s team skipped by Mary Mattatall.

The first draws for the Provincial Masters take place on Friday, Feb. 24. The club is open from early morning for practice ice, but the team that Middleton is rooting for – Wayne Schurman as skip – is curling first at 4 p.m. on Friday. Everyone is invited to drop in and see some championship-level curling.

Community members are always welcome at MCC. Game times are posted on MCC’s homepage at www.middletoncurlingclub.com

Article by Karen Sotvedt, a member of the Middleton Curling Club.

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