Mid­dle­ton curlers have busy week, gear up for more fun

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

With the crazi­ness of ‘Chase the Ace’ in the rear-view mir­ror, Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club drew a breath and con­tin­ues with a very busy curl­ing sea­son.

Learn to Curl con­tin­ues on Sun­day nights and many of those new curlers have signed up for the Hol­i­day Fun­spiel on Satur­day. This so­cial event has al­ways in­cluded curlers from the stu­dents to se­niors, with friends and fam­ily. In the past, for some curlers, the five min­utes be­fore their game started was the first time they had tried the ice.

In Jan­uary 2019 MCC will host the Pro­vin­cial Club Mixed Cham­pi­onship again. In the past five years the club has hosted ei­ther the Club Mixed or the Masters for the pro­vin­cial curl­ing body. It helps keep Mid­dle­ton on the curl­ing map and the curlers from other clubs like the at­mos­phere and at­ten­tion to de­tail they find at MCC.

This year, MCC has four teams that would like to com­pete and so a play-down has been tak­ing place on the week­ends. Teams skipped by Les Smith, Bill Ea­ton, Cody Spi­dle, and Larry Drew are play­ing a round robin to de­ter­mine their rank­ing. Then, when the Nova Sco­tia Curl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion de­cides how many teams from the club can be ac­cepted, this seed­ing process will have de­cided each team’s sta­tus and the or­der in which they will be ac­cepted.

There was lots of so­cial curl­ing last week. The home-and-home se­ries with Ber­wick con­tin­ued last Fri­day. Ber­wick came to play at Mid­dle­ton with MCC ahead by two points. There were three sheets play­ing, and the first two to fin­ish were tied, so it was all down to the last sheet. They fin­ished their game with Ber­wick ahead by two, so the se­ries ended with a tie, and Mid­dle­ton got to keep the tro­phy which they had won last year. Ev­ery­one won as it was a great day of curl­ing and there was food and so­cial­iz­ing af­ter the game.

The youth pro­grams, al­ways busy, had two teams com­pet­ing in a fun­spiel in Wind­sor which had five clubs from around the Val­ley par­tic­i­pat­ing. The ju­nior team, led by Brooke Thomas, scored a fiveen­der, a per­sonal best. The Lit­tle Rock team took turns play­ing all the po­si­tions, and came out even: two wins, two losses. It seems ty­ing was a theme this week.

The Christ­mas Fete ticket auc­tion and bake sale is this week­end. The club will be open Fri­day night from 5 to 7 p.m. for set up and the com­mu­nity is in­vited to drop in, have a drink and a sneak peek at the great gifts and sea­sonal items. No tick­ets will be sold on Fri­day. Ticket sales open at 8 a.m. on Satur­day and the draw for prizes be­gins at 7 p.m. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at www.mid­dle­ton­curling­club.com

Karen Sotvedt Throw­ing rocks

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