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Woodstock/MWVCC take the Bronze at the GNCC Arena Club Championship

Paul Valle, Vice and Sherry Marceau, Second from MWVCC joined Skip Jay Flanders, and Lead Paula Flanders from Woodstock to win the Bronze (4th Event) in this year’s GNCC Arena Club Championship held recently at the Triangle Curling Club in Durham, NC. After a grueling 16 hour road trip, we arrived at the relatively new  and beautiful Tri Angle Curling Club to be greeted by none other than Pete and Paula Ellis, remember them??

It was somewhat ironic that the GNCC Arena Club Championship would be held on dedicated ice.. but no one seemed to complain.

Thanks to the GNCC, Jay Flanders, Travis Hamilton and the members of the Tri Angle Curling Club for putting this event together.

2017 Mount Washington International Open Bonspiel

The 2017 Mount Washington International Open Bonspiel has been scheduled for the weekend of September 15, 16 and 17. We have already had several inquires from our Canadian friends making this, once again, an international event. And for those of you who have never been to the Mount Washington Valley in the early fall, you’re in for a treat!  

The cost is $380 (US) per rink and includes a 3 game guarantee with awards for winners and finalists.  Saturday night banquet and continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning are included as well as “goodies”, finger foods, etc. throughout the weekend. There will be  a raffle, 50/50 etc. This event will be limited to only 16 teams, registration will open June 1 and close on September 1 … or when 16 teams are entered.  Click here to register.  Good Curling and See you on the ice!

Our Ladies Take 3rd at Queen of Hearts in Nashua!

Skip Chris Pollock, Vice Kathy Sherman, Second Joan Magrauth and Lead Gwenn Munroe

We had a great time from the first moments we were welcomed at the curling rink by our Nashua hostesses to our parting moments when we said “Good-Bye and see you again in two years” to our friends from Plainfield.  Our opening game was against Nashua #1, and we probably should have been spectators, losing 11 – 0.  (That’s called “Going down Snake River.”)  We curled against Nashua #2 in our second game.  We were helped by our supper companions who had just come off Sheet 2 and told us all about the ice.  We won and curled our next game against an Albany team who split the broom with every shot.

We gave up one of two 4-enders in this game which made the difference in Albany’s win.  Usually in a “Three-game guaranteed” Bonspiel, this would have meant the end of our curling fun, but we were on the end of the draw that gave us a game early Sunday morning to qualify for the Third Event Finals.  Playing against a highly-skilled and experienced Nutmeg team, Gwenn, Joan, and Kathy all curled superbly, so I guarded ports and drew to the four-foot when necessary.  We controlled each house and finished the eight ends on the winning side with a score of 6 – 2.  Marching down the ice behind the piper for the Finals was a thrill.  We had another low-scoring game, going into the eighth end ahead 7 – 2, but Plainfield’s stones stayed in the house while ours didn’t cooperate.  With the last rock, the Skip needed to draw to the 8-foot circle to tie, however her shot came to a stop

and we won 7 – 6.   Obviously we were excited!!

We all know that curling is such an amazing sport in which folks of various experience and abilities can come together.  So, I urge everyone to sign up for a Bonspiel as soon as you can.  You’ll have a good time and be hooked.

With sincere thanks to Gwenn, Joan, and Kathy for curling and sweeping so well, and, most of all, for putting up with my quirky ways for three days.

Good Curling, Chris

…and this just just in from the Vice!

One added note…

Sunday morning’s early game against Nutmeg. Six teams were playing for the ‘C’ event final, so three games going on.  Only two teams would qualify for the final. We essentially were playing for points. So not only did we need to win we needed to score more points than at least one of the other winners on the other sheets. The points system went like this:  20 points for the win, 4 points for each end won and one point for each rock scored. The Plainfield team won their game easily, not sure of the score but had more points than we had. The teams on the sheet next to us finished their game about three or four rocks ahead of us. I glanced at the score and theirs was 7 to “something” for the win. They had five ends they had won. So their points were 47. Our points total was 46 before Chris threw her rocks. We had to win the end to advance to the finals but we were not counting. The other team couldn’t win the game but if they won the end we wouldn’t advance. Chris threw her last rock for a draw and succeeded in winning the end and advancing to the finals! Ohhhh the drama! I am not sure Chris realized how close that game was!

 

2017 Winter League Schedule

Fall Season Final Standings

Are you up for a little “unconventional” curling???

Are you up for a little “unconventional” curling??

We hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and a chance to enjoy the day and spend some time with family and friends. 

But it’s time to get serious. It’s time to lace up your curling shoes and drag out the brooms once again. We’ve all had a couple weeks to savor our victory’s (and lick our wounds)… now, it’s time for some fun!

This Saturday, December 31st, we will be having a New Year’s Eve curling party at the Ham. This is a member’s only (Saturday players too!) and guest’s event.  The bottom line is to have a whole lot of fun (or at least make believe we are).

The main course will consist of “Pot Luck” brought by the faithful (that’s you), and BYOB “adult beverages”…. make of that what you will….

Things will get under way at 6PM with a fly over by the Blue Angles and a concert with Ted Nugent. We are hoping to have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sing a duet of Kumbaya, but that’s still in the works. (There may be scheduling issues.)

We have some rather “unconventional” curling games planned. Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say it will be very, well, “unconventional”, but a whole lot of fun!…..

Please let our Social Committee Chair, Eileen Neal, know if you will be attending,and what you can bring for the pot luck. 

The cost is a mere $20 (US) and includes ice fee and feed. Non-curling spouses (etc) are $5.00.

This actually may be kind of fun, so if you’re around and looking for something to do…this is it.

See you on the ice !!

Open Curling, Saturday November 26th..

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We will be curling this Saturday, November 26th at the Ham Arena. Due to an Alumni Hockey game, we will be starting at 6:30 instead of our usual 6:00pm. So work off some of that turkey and come on down for a pick-up game, practice, etc. Cost is just $15 for ice time and all equipment is provided.

 

Saturday Night “Casual Curling”

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Chris Pollock instructing Barbara Cavanaugh, Barbarar Kelly, Cindy Graham, Mark Cegelis, Rich Ansel and Dan Corrigan

Chris Pollock teaches several of our visitors the fine art of curling at the Ham Arena last night while Sherry Marceau helped out at the other end. All told, we had 8 new visitors last night along with our regular Saturday night curling crew.

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Sherry  Marceau with Mark and Gail Lamothe 

Our Saturday night “casual curling” offers new curlers and those wishing to learn more about our sport a very relaxed, stress free and helpful way to learn the game.

Next Saturday, November 19th is our final Saturday for the Fall Season. However several more dates may be available, stay tuned. Our Saturday night “Casual Curling” for the Winter Season will pick up again on January 7th.

Our Wednesday night “Competitive Curling” league is in full swing. Team McAllister and Team Pollock are currently tied for top honors. Josh and his crew are back after a year hiatus, and obviously no worse for wear. Most thought it was so he could give his full efforts to coaching the Kennett High School varsity boys baseball team. That was just a ruse as clearly he took his team to Canada to hone their skills. Chris Pollock? …always a perennial favorite, the smart money never bets against Chris. As fate would have it, they meet in the final game of the season…should be a real barn burner…

We invite you to come to either our Saturday night “Casual Curlers”, to learn about the game, or our more competitive Wednesday night league to watch some great curling.

For more information, call Paul at 452-4737 or email president@mwvcurlingclub.org

 

 

 

Rutland Takes the Gold!

The Rutland Rocks Curling Club led by skip Dean Mooney with teammates Linda Mercier, Glenn Campbell, Andrea Coppola and Don Lajoie prevailed over one time MWVCC Open Bonspiel champ Bob Holt from The Woodstock Curling Club in the Adams “A” event. Bob and his rink of Phil Swanson, Bruce Seely and Lisa Holt had a great spiel, but just came up one game short. Nicely done Dean and Company.

In the Madison “D” event, newcomers Pine Tree Curling Club, skipped by Derek Campbell with Jen Campbell, John Scamman and Adric Olson came home with the bronze. No small feat considering they had to overcome a very strong Cape Cod 2 team led by Richard O’Connor and team mates Tom Azarovitz, Darryl Christensen and Joann O’Connor. Congratulations Pine Tree!

In the “B” Jefferson Event, our own Mount Washington Valley Curling Club 1 team skipped by Paul Valle with Sherry Marceau, Billy and Michelle Chick were no match for our Lennoxville, Quebec “Canadian Cousins” led by Marc Richard with Daniel Mercier, Robert Lereille and Real Couture. Proving once again that those Canadians do know a thing or two about curling. Félicitations bien joué ¡

The Monroe “C” Event saw first time “Spielers” Lakes Region Curling Association with skip Paul Belville, mates Rick Massee, Mike Turner, Andrea Dudley and Brian Gately prevail over another Mount Washington Valley Curling Club finalist, skipped by Gwenn Munroe with team mates Eileen Neal, Joan Mcgrauth, Shirley Alessandroni, Denise Cogswell and Susan Bennett. This was LRCA’s first bonspiel, but doubt it will be their last. Well done LRCA!

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this our 5th Mount Washington Valley Curling Club Open International Bonspiel.

In all, 16 teams from across the northeast and Canada participated in the 3 day event held at the Ham Arena in Conway. A fabulous dinner was held at Hobbs Tavern in Ossippee on Saturday night where we said goodbye to founding members and Bonspiel Chair and Secretary, Pete and Paula Ellis. After 5 years with us, they have decided the winters aren’t getting any warmer and thus are heading south to continue their curling. Thank you for your service to our club, and Good Curling!

And as great as this event was, it would not have been possible if not for the “shadow people”. We get to curl, have our pictures taken, and win trophies….they get to do all the work to make that possible. At the risk of leaving just one person’s name off, I will simply say “thank you” to all those of you who spent the hours of preparation getting the ice in shape, preparing the food and helping in so many ways. You know who you are….and so do we. Your dedication and service to the club has been duly noted.

So to all, Thank You and Good Curling!

 

 

Learn To Curl!

curling-open-house-2012-07-07-002You’ve read about it in the papers, you’ve seen it on TV… and now it’s your chance to give it a try!

The Mount Washington Valley Curling Club will be holding a Learn to Curl session at the Ham Arena, 87 W. Main Street in Conway NH, on Saturday October 1st from 6:30-8:30pm.

Here you will the basics of the game, rules, etiquette, delivery, sweeping and everything else you need to know to curl like an Olympian (or at least make your friends think you are!)

Anyone of any age or physical ability can curl. Don’t worry if you can’t manage the traditional lunge; we teach stick curling, too.

Come by yourself or bring your friends and family. We love to meet new people!

What should you bring?
We recommend wearing loose fitting pants (sweats or track pants), warm clothes and sneakers. Lots of folks enjoy having a hat and gloves, as well. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

What will you do?
– Get an overview of the game and on-ice safety
– Learn delivery basics (how to throw the stone)
– Learn sweeping
– Play a mini-game (if time and space permit)

The cost of $20 includes the ice rental fee and the use of all equipment.  Pre-register online and pay only $15 at the door. Fees will be applied in full to anyone wishing to sign up for our fall Saturday night league starting October 8th.

So scratch this off your bucket list and come on down!

 Just fill in the form below and be sure to hit submit..

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Good Curling….and see you on the ice!

2016 Mount Washington Valley Open Bonspiel

There’s still room, and there’s still time, but we’re running out of both! If you’re interested in playing, go to the “Bonspiel” section on the main menu and submit your application. We’d love to have you help us celebrate our “Golden 5th Anniversary”.

You may also contact Pete Ellis for more info at: pde1945@gmail.com

Good Curling, and see you on the ice!!

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C’est Fini!

The ice is in, the houses are painted and we’re all lined up for a great season of curling. Special thanks to club members Will Brown, Pat Kittle, Bill Earle, Paula Ellis, George LeBlanc and Sherry Marceau for putting our lines in. Next time you see them, thank them for a job well done!

Registration for the fall/winter leagues will be starting soon, so be sure to watch this space for registration information.