Join the Curling League
The 2013 season marks the first year of Curling at the Queenstown Ice Arena.
Get a team together for Monday night Curling at the Queenstown Ice Arena. An ancient Scottish sport, widely played in Otago for over 100 years Queenstown Ice Arena host a social Curling League every Monday evening at 6.15pm. The cost per player per session is likely to be $15.
Rules of the Game
Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called "rocks", across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game, points being scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends. The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork goes into choosing the ideal path and placement for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives the game its nickname of "Chess On Ice".
History of New Zealand Curling
The first reported game was in Maniototo, Central Otago, on July 6 1878. The long, cold winters made outdoor work difficult and curling provided a way to pass the time. In spite of war and depression, the game flourished. Scottish and Irish immigrants would go to the small towns such as the village of Naseby, and in the harsh winter conditions they would use the natural ponds and the miner’s dams to play their native homeland sport of curling. Because of its lon history in New Zealand, curling is one of the oldest winter sporting activities in the country. The traditions of curling strongly emphasise fair play and proper etiquette on and off the ice. It is a sport where beginners are warmly welcomed into more experienced company. Curling boasts the oldest national sporting trophy still being contested, the Baxter Cup. The treasured trophy was first played for in 1884 as the Dunedin Club’s point’s trophy. Following the dissolution of the club in 1895 the Baxter Cup was handed to the Mount Ida Club, one of the founding clubs in the Naseby Curling Council, and can now only be competed for on natural ice at a one day Council Bonspiel. Additional informaiton supplied from www.curling.co.nz.