The ace will go and win­ner takes all

Ex­cit­ing times at the Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club

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

One. Just one. One card left! No deck, no shuf­fling, just the one lone card sit­ting on the ta­ble. On Nov. 23 at Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club when the evening’s ticket is drawn from the drum, it will be for the whole thing, the pot from the evening’s ticket sales and the ac­cu­mu­lated pot for the ace of hearts.

It is not often that a card de­fies all odds and man­ages to sur­vive un­til the very end.

A year of Fri­days, a year of shuf­fling and hop­ing and dis­ap­point­ment, and it comes down to this one last card. A per­fect ex­am­ple of the win­ner takes all. And the win­ner that night is ex­pected to take home at least $17,000.

As in the past few weeks, the next door Ma­sonic Hall will also be sell­ing tickets, with over­flow seat­ing and a snack can­teen for those want­ing to es­cape the noise and crush at the club. Ticket sales be­gin at 6:30 p.m. and the fi­nal draw will take place at 8 p.m.

The pro­ceeds for this fundraiser have ben­e­fited the youth pro­grams at MCC and last week­end the club hosted a clinic for new stu­dent curlers who had tried the Rocks and Rings pro­gram. Most of the curlers were more in­ter­ested in get­ting out on the ice than in off-ice prac­tice, and co-or­di­na­tor Dawn Spi­dle led them through an hour of drills and in­struc­tion.

Sun­day evening Spi­dle was back with the adult Learn to Curl group, do­ing es­sen­tially the same drills, with the only dif­fer­ence be­ing the weight of the rocks. Young curlers have the same in­struc­tions for sweep­ing, but the adult gran­ite rocks, weigh­ing about 40 pounds, are too heavy for throw­ing ef­fec­tively. The club has two sheets of Lite Rocks for stu­dent learn­ers. Th­ese weigh about half as much but re­act in ex­actly the same way as the larger rocks and al­low for trans­fer of skills to the larger rocks at a later stage.

The Af­ter­noon League had the first of their af­ter­noon home-and­home away games at Ber­wick last week, tak­ing four teams to the new fa­cil­ity and com­ing out on top by two points for the day. How­ever, the tro­phy and brag­ging rights are not awarded un­til the sec­ond day when Mid­dle­ton plays host to Ber­wick on Nov. 30. The win­ners are de­cided by ag­gre­gate points for the two days in this friendly ex­change which has gone on for years. The curl­ing is only part of it, as home­and-home games also in­volve snacks and so­cial­iz­ing af­ter­wards and this makes for a great out­ing.

In­for­ma­tion on all MCC events can be found by go­ing to www. mid­dle­ton­curling­


Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club hosted a clinic for new stu­dent curlers who tried the Rocks and Rings pro­gram. Co-or­di­na­tor Dawn Spi­dle led them through an hour of drills and in­struc­tion.

Karen Sotvedt Throw­ing rocks

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