This year’s Legends Bonspiel tried a new Ryder Cup Format
that was a great success.
Jim Sweetlove was honoured as this years Legend for his many years of volunteering and for steering the club through some challenging times!
Team Scotland above was the overall team Champions!
The bagpipes are still echoing around the building.
The Geoff Gilbert Rink took top team honours!
Boxing Day Family Curling, Dec 26th 10AM, $50 per Family
There will be a sign up sheet posted by the Mixed Draw board.
Frank Rowe will once again be organizing this holiday tradition. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
First game starts at 10 AM; 9:30 AM for coffee and registration
Day usually ends at 4:30 to 5:30 PM
A WORD FROM OUR ICEMAKER
I would like to take a moment and share some reasons as to why we don’t always do a full pebble for a draw.
There are several factors that come into play when we plan out how to prepare each draw every day at our club, and with 40 draws per week you will see the ice prepared differently based on what we believe will give you the member the best possible ice for your game.
When do we scrape? When do we have a 15 minute allowance between draws to prepare the ice? Are the games 6 ends or 8? Is it men or women, seniors or juniors or mixed? Is it a social league or competitive?
Are there 3 draws between scrapes? All of these factors come into how we set up the ice and how we get the next draw prepared. It is not as simple as just putting a pebble down and nipping it each and every draw. If the pebble isn’t worn down enough from the previous game, then another pebble will adversely affect the next game playing on that sheet.
Whenever there are 3 draws played between scraping the ice, we will usually do what we call a touch up for only the second draw and only pebble the hacks and the houses. We do this for several factors. Such as:
Many people who sweep do not sweep aggressive enough to wear down the ice.
We have many curlers who use a stick to throw in our club and do not wear the slide paths down since they don’t usually slide while throwing their rocks.
If we did a full pebble for the second draw, then most of the time the third draws ice wouldn’t be as consistent or even up to the standards that we all have come to expect at our club. (Basically too much pebble leads to too much friction and that affects the speed, the curl, and the consistency of the ice).
Too much pebble does not just scrape off with our ice scraper and in time create issues with the ice quality.
While these are just some of the many reasons we don’t always do a full pebble, I hope this information will help our members of our club understand why our ice team does our ice preparations the way we do.
Craig Maslin Head Ice Technician
BURLINGTON CURLING CLUB
Wednesday Dec 12th 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Monday Dec 17th 9 AM to 10 AM practice
Wednesday Dec 19th 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Friday Dec 21st noon to 3 PM practice
Dec 24th to Jan 1st Club Closed
Dec 26th Boxing Day Family Spiel (Frank Rowe)
Some of the Day Men’s draws are not full so check their schedule if you are able to practice during the week. Contact the ice staff if you plan on coming to practice so they can make sure the ice is prepped. Remember to listen to the ice staff when they need you to stop so they can prep for the next draw.
Please check the online club calendar on our website as any changes to the schedule and clinics will be updated on the calendar.
The club is generally open and accessible about 45 minutes before the first draw each day. Weekdays this is generally 8:15 am or on some Thursdays when there is an 8:30 am draw, it is at 7:45 am. On the weekends, the club is accessible about a half hour before the practice times begin or if there are no practice times scheduled, a half hour before the first draw begins.