Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club’s Learn to Curl clinic com­ing soon

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS/RECREATION - Karen Sotvedt is a mem­ber of the Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club.

En­thu­si­as­tic curlers took to the ice last week for the start of the 2018-19 sea­son at Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club.

But the ex­cite­ment of re­con­nect­ing with curl­ing friends was not the main topic of con­ver­sa­tion. Most ex­changes started with ‘Can you be­lieve it?!!’ be­cause as­ton­ish­ingly, the Ace of Hearts was not pulled last Fri­day. The deck is now down to only four cards, and the pot on Nov. 2 will be more than $10,000. The win­ner last Fri­day took home more than $ 900, but the ace stayed hid­den.

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The club home­page al­ways has league in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion for re­turn­ing mem­bers, but for those who are new to curl­ing or re­turn­ing af­ter a few years off the ice, there will be a seven- week Learn to Curl clinic start­ing Nov. 4. The ses­sions are one hour be­gin­ning at 7 p. m. and will run un­til Dec. 16. All as­pects of curl­ing will be cov­ered - rules, both slide and stick de­liv­ery of the rock, sweep­ing, and gen­eral eti­quette, with in­struc­tions tai­lored for the in­di­vid­ual.

Once new curlers have con­fi­dence on the ice, there are sev­eral leagues they can com­fort­ably join: the Af­ter­noon League for those free dur­ing the day, and the Tues­day night Western Draw which al­lows curlers to try all po­si­tions on a team as they wish.

The pro­ceeds from the Chase the Ace are used to pro­mote the youth pro­grams at MCC un­der the lead­er­ship of co-or­di­na­tor Dawn Spi­dle. Curl­ing is the eas­i­est sport to join for stu­dents be­cause the only ex­pen­di­ture is the mod­est fees. There is no com­pli­cated equip­ment – just a pair of clean sneak­ers, warm cloth­ing, and pro­tec­tive head­gear like a bike hel­met.

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This sea­son “Rocks and Rings” will be com­ing to some schools in An­napo­lis County and on Nov. 18 Spi­dle is hold­ing an open house us­ing this fa­mous off-ice train­ing tool. There will be two one-hour ses­sions for par­tic­i­pants and a par­ent. If there are any ques­tions, con­tact in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the club home­page.

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Also sup­ported will be the stu­dent de­vel­op­men­tal camp be­ing held this Satur­day for MCC’s Lit­tle Rock­ers and Ju­niors ages nine and older. The all-day camp is hosted by Team Young (a ju­nior team from the Hal­i­fax area). Young curlers will work on their tech­ni­cal skills, sweep­ing, team dy­nam­ics, and eti­quette on the ice.

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MCC looks for­ward to see­ing some new faces on the ice, and not just in the clu­b­room chas­ing af­ter the ace. Chase the Ace con­tin­ues this Fri­day, Nov. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the draw at 8 p.m.

Club in­for­ma­tion and con­tacts al­ways avail­able at www.mid­dle­ton­curling­club.com

Karen Sotvedt Throw­ing rocks

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