Rocks and brooms back in fashion for start of curling season

The Estevan Curling Club will get their busy and exciting season off to a roaring start next week.

Pauline Ziehl Grimsrud, manager of the Estevan Curling Club, said they will be hosting an open house Monday evening at the Power Dodge Curling Centre that will have ice available for both members and non-members looking to shake off the summer rust by throwing a few rocks as well as the newly renovated lounge open to serve up treats. She said their league play will start up one week later with the Tuesday night competitive division beginning on Nov. 1, the Wednesday night recreational league first taking the ice on Nov. 2 and the Thursday night open season starting on Nov. 3.

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Ziehl Grimsrud said the Club will also be fielding adult learn-to-curl, mixed doubles and afternoon leagues on Mondays, a youth league on Tuesdays, an afternoon league on Wednesdays and a Co-op Kids Curling league on Sunday afternoons. She said registration is still open for any teams looking to join one of the leagues and if there are any couples or individuals without a team hoping to curl this winter they should contact the club and she'll work to find them one.

“It is a very economical sport to do and, second of all, it's a very social sport,” said Ziehl Grimsrud. “You can be an excellent athlete or maybe not that great of an athlete and there is still a spot for you and you could still have a lot of success in curling. It helps flexibility. It help concentration. It's teamwork. Also it's a sport you can play from five to 95.”

In addition to regular league play, the Estevan Curling Club will also be hosting several big events this season including the Junior Q-Spiel from Nov. 4 to 6, a Men's World Curling Tour stop from Nov. 25-28, the high school district and regional spiels for senior curlers on the Feb. 24 and March 3 weekends, respectively, and the CurlSask Travellers Curling Club Provincial Championships from March 17 to 20 to name just a few. Ziehl Grimsrud said all of the curlers who will be competing at an event or in league games will enjoy the new lighting system that was installed over the ice this summer and the excellent ice to throw their rocks on as their ice technician James Gordon is back with the Club for another season.

“He had very good ice last year, a lot of compliments on his ice, and we anticipate it will be as good as it was last year if not better because now he's been here for a year so he understands more how to build ice in our building,” she said. “So, we're pretty pleased that he decided to come back this year.”

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