Pro­vin­cial Masters a Mid­dle­ton tradition

Annapolis Valley Register - - CLASSIFIEDS - Karen Sotvedt Throw­ing rocks Karen Sotvedt is a mem­ber of the Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club.

Af­ter a week of storms made for an event­ful and hec­tic time, mem­bers of Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club were re­lieved to see no ma­jor weather bombs in the fore­cast for last week­end’s Pro­vin­cial Masters.

Sev­eral times the club has played host to this event in very chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, but the un­sea­son­ably warm weather meant the only is­sue was some mud and deep pud­dles. A large num­ber of the club’s curlers vol­un­teer to play a part in 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 team for Nova Sco­tia that won the chance to com­pete in the na­tional Scot­ties.

The first draws for the Pro­vin­cial Masters took place on Fri­day, Feb. 24. The club was open from early morn­ing for prac­tice ice, but the team that Mid­dle­ton was root­ing for – with Wayne Schur­man as skip – curled first at noon on Fri­day. How­ever, the com­mu­nity has al­ways sup­ported all the teams and of­ten the view­ing seats were full with stand­ing room only.

Many of the teams have been long­time com­peti­tors in the Masters and they know MCC well be­cause the club has hosted the event so of­ten. Curlers stay in lo­cal ho­tels and make a so­cial week­end of it, and with the weather co-op­er­at­ing many took the op­por­tu­nity to do a lit­tle tour­ing and try some lo­cal restau­rants.

The women’s event is a round robin and so ev­ery team gets five games against all other teams with most wins ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal. The play­off was to be held on Tues­day morn­ing at 9:30 a.m. The men’s cham­pi­onship is a triple knock-out which means that three losses end your chances at the ti­tle.

The home team played their last game late Satur­day night, a hard-fought duel down to the last rock but in the end, they had to con­cede. How­ever, good sports­man­ship and so­cia­bil­ity are things that curl­ing is noted for, and the Mid­dle­ton fans kept right on at­tend­ing games and cheer­ing on the re­main­ing teams.

Par­tic­i­pants for the men’s fi­nal were de­cided in Mon­day’s games. Team pho­tos and the fi­nal scores can be seen on the home page at www.mid­dle­ton­curling­club. com

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