Masters show skill at O-ville curling bonspiel

December 7, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Sixty-four curlers fill 16 teams for day long event

Curling is one of those sports you can participate in for pretty much your whole life – at least as long as your knees hold out.

But then again, die hard curlers have found away to even get around that.

The inaugural Classic Masters Bonspiel  held at the Orangeville Curling Club on Wednesday, November 30,  brought out 16 teams from all around Southern Ontario to compete in a day long event with some pretty serious competition.

In curling circles, the masters division is for curlers aged 60 years or over.

“A lot of clubs have bonspiels. Orangeville hasn’t hosted a bonspiel of this type for years,” explained organizer Gus Dickson. “We have four men on our committee that organized the whole thing. Well have two champions today. One from the group currently on the ice and one from the group that is waiting to go out for their second game.”

One game can take up to two hours to compete.

Each team entered will play two games.

To win, a team must win their two games and also have the highest points total for their games.

“It’s pretty simple really, it’s just wins and losses,” explained organizer Bob Allan of how a team comes out as tournament champion. “They’re only playing two games with these teams. There’s eight teams on the ice at a time. When they’re finished the other eight teams are on the ice. Each team will play two games. In a full bonspiel you typically play two games in the daytime and one game in the evening so that way you get one winner that has one three in a row. The champion team will be one that wins two games then we go by a points system.”

Teams receive ten points for a win, one point for each end you score, and a quarter-point for each rock you score.

“There’s 32 players on the ice at one time. There’s a total of 64 curlers and we also have a bunch of volunteers. We’ll get a champion out of each group,” Mr. Dickson said.

The day long even was sponsored by Hockley Valley Brewing Company and Paradise Farms.

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