Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Curl­ing, which orig­i­nated in Scot­land, is a win­ter sport played on a rec­tan­gu­lar sheet ice with large heavy, pol­ished gran­ite stones. Curl­ing is an Olympic win­ter sport, but many peo­ple still don’t un­der­stand it. It was orig­i­nally an out­door sport, but is now played in­doors on spe­cially-pre­pared ice, and played around the world. It is not as sim­ple as it seems. Some peo­ple re­fer to curl­ing as ‘‘chess on ice’’, based on its tech­ni­cal and strate­gic re­quire­ments. It is a team sport, played by two teams of four play­ers. Teams take turns slid­ing the stones down the ice to­wards the tar­get. Two sweep­ers with brooms also ac­com­pany each stone to help di­rect them. When re­quired, the sweep­ers vig­or­ously sweep the ice, which melts the ice for a mo­ment, re­duces fric­tion and can af­fect the path of the stone.

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