Provincial Masters a Middleton tradition
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