Sweeper’s Cove

Yes, it’s true. The upcoming 2008/2009 curling season is about to begin. What is stopping you? Here is your chance to “slide” down to the Ponoka Curling Club and get yourself registered for one or more of our leagues.

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Yes, it’s true. The upcoming 2008/2009 curling season is about to begin. What is stopping you? Here is your chance to “slide” down to the Ponoka Curling Club and get yourself registered for one or more of our leagues. As advertised in last week’s news, registration is scheduled for this Thursday evening, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Why not make this your opportunity to enjoy some fun, excitement and yes, even the dreaded “E” word, some exercise, while visiting with friends acquaintances, old and new.

The executive of the Ponoka Curling Club is looking forward to a strong season which includes plans for a stick-curling league, should the registration warrant it, as well as a full complement of regular leagues including our junior program.

Stick curling can be challenging to learn as it takes a lot of skill to attain the alignment of the rock as well as the weight. It comes with its own set of rules such as the obvious one which states that rocks must be delivered with a curling stick. Some of the other rules include that sweeping is allowed only from the hog line to the back of the house and that one member of each two person team stays at each end of the rink and must not cross the centre ice. As well, each of the two curlers delivers six rocks and all games are six ends. The benefits of stick curling include “evening out on the ice” for those with physical limitations and an advantage for those new to curling as they do not have to master the sliding technique.

Don’t be put off if you are an individual or a group of only two or three players. There always seems to be teams looking for people and the club is always ready to help put a team together which is a great opportunity to meet new people. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend.

The season kicks off Monday, Oct. 27, with the men’s league with the other leagues to follow in that week.