16 teams descended on the Plymouth Rocks CC last weekend for their annual Mudspiel and the Mount Washington Valley Curling Club was well represented with three teams taking the ice. All three teams made it to the semi-finals, with two making it to the finals and one coming away the the “B” Event trophy.
The “Fork and Stones” skipped by Paul Valle, vice Steve Ripkey, third Sherry Marceau and second Conor Ketchum (PRCC) defeated the “Ladies of the Valley”, skipped by Gwenn Munroe, vice Eileen Neal, second Shirley Alessandroni and lead Margaret Scrimger to make it to the “B” Event finals Sunday morning.
Billy Chick and his “MUD-WISE-ERS”, vice Kathy Sherman, second Michelle Chick and lead Joan Mcgrauth beat the PRCC “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”, skipped by our own Chris Pollock, to go on to the “C” Event Finals.
On Sunday morning the “MUD-WISE-ERS” fell to a very tough South Shore team, the Mud Shuckers. The 11:00am finals saw the MWVCC “Fork and Stones” prevail over Derek Cambell and his “Curling Me Softly” rink from Portland to capture the “B” Event win.
Another great Mudspiel from our friends at the Plymouth Rocks Curling Club, thanks to Dave Geyger, Scott Shedd and their crew.
Our 2017-18 season came to a close at the Ham Arena on April 11th with Team Force snatching “victory from the jaws of defeat” in the Championship game. Team Force (9-3) defeated Team Valle (9-3) by pulling off an amazing 5 ender in the eighth end to claim the Club Championship, 9-8. Congratulations to Team Force on a great season!
In the “B” Event, Team Huemmler (Bill Earle, George Leblanc with subs Kirk Membry and Geoff Murray filling in for Larry) defeated Team Chick, Billy and Michelle Chick, Kathy Sherman and Joan Magrauth.
Team Pollock ( Chris, Steve Ripkey, Margaret Scrimger and Denise Noel) was victorious over Team Munroe (Gwen, Sue Bennett, Eileen Neal and Shirley Alessandroni) in our “C” Event.
Congratulations to all, enjoy the summer and see you in the fall!
The 2018 Olympic-Mini Curling League was a great success. Following the playoffs our Bronze Medal winners were (bottom row, L-R) Pat Jones, Susan Beaulieu, Margaret Scrimger (filling in for Kara Layton, who couldn’t attend the last night) and Sherry Marceau, one of many club members who helped skip throughout the event. They played Denise Noel, Ian Cruckshank, Mona L’Heureux and Club Member Paul Valle who helped skip.
The Silver Medal going to Dan Corrigan, Kirk Membry, Hank Letarte and Club Member Bill Earle helped coach and skip. The Gold Medal went to Geoff Murray, Eric Mueller, Lisl Mueller and Club Member Keith Force who helped skip.
We want to thank everyone who attended our 3 curling camps and all volunteers who helped make this such a tremendous success. We hope to see you all in the Fall. Good Curling!!!!
Go for the Gold in our Mini-Olympic Curling League
You’ve read about it in the news..you’ve seen it on TV … and now it’s your turn to curl like an Olympian!!
The Mount Washington Valley Curling Club will be holding a 4 week mini-league beginning March 10th and running each week thru March 31. The league will be held from 7-9:30pm at the Ham Arena in Conway, NH. This league is open to all new curlers who have attended at least 1 of our Learn To Curl events in the past year. Here you will have the opportunity to “Go for the Gold”. Medals will be awarded for the top 3 finishing teams. Can you and your team bring home the gold?? This league will be limited to 8 teams. Sign up as an individual and we will put you on a team, or sign up with 3 friends to form your own team. Sign up in the registration below to reserve your spot now! Pay at the door.
Our Saturday Night Casual Curling program is the place to come to learn how to curl, improve how you curl or just have a great evening of fun.
Our program is designed for all curlers 18 and above of any ability. Experience is not necessary as we will teach you the traditional “lunge” delivery or for folks with back or knee problems, how to curl with the “stick”. Stick curling is much like shuffleboard on ice and that method is used by many club members with great success. All equipment is provided.
All you need to bring is a clean pair of footwear, a good attitude, and a desire to have a great time.
The cost is $20 per person. Should you decide to join us for the Winter League, half of your ice fees paid will be credited towards your membership. Click here to register.
So grab a friend or two (or an entire team of 4!) and join the fun. This is an Olympic year and as always there will be tremendous interest in curling. Get ahead of the curve now and truly enjoy this Olympic Curling Experience!
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul at 603-452-4737
The Mount Washington Valley Curling Club will be hosting a delivery clinic on Saturday, October 14th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Ham Arena in Conway. While all curlers are invited, this is not a “Learn To Curl”. This is for new, intermediate and advanced curlers looking to fine tune their delivery and “up” their game.
The clinic will be instructed by Gwen Kraylo-Lyons. In addition to being the President of the GNCC, Gwen is a USCA certified Level 2 instructor, a CCA certified Level 2 ice maker, and one of only four USCA certified Level 4 Officials in the US. Gwen has officiated annually for the World Curling Federation since 2001, and recently returned from Beijing China where she officiated at the World Women’s Curling Championships. Gwen has been involved on various committees for the USWCA since 1994. She joined the USCA Championship Committee, the Rules and Officiating Committee, and the Request for Ruling Committee in 2004 and served and served until 2016 year. She was USCA VP of Member Services in 2012 and Secretary in 2013. She currently serves on the USCA Officiating Advisory Committee.
Our Fall Learn To Curl will be held Saturday, September 23 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Ham Arena, 87 W.Main St., Conway, NH. This event is open to all adults 18 and up.
You will learn a little about the history of the game, and the fundamentals to make you comfortable on the ice. You will receive about 2 hours of training from USCA (United States Curling Association) certified instructors. Instruction will include safety on the ice, customs and traditions of curling and, of course, the fundamentals of the game and “on ice” practice and a short game. Should you decide to “give curling a try”, our games are played at the Ham Arena on Wednesday nights from September thru early April. The Fall Season runs from September 27th to November 29th.The Winter Season from January to April. You may choose to curl in the Fall, Winter, or both!
Curling is not a difficult sport to learn and takes no special atheletic ability. If you can golf, you can curl. We can teach you how to curl in an hour or two….then, you can spend the rest of your life getting good at it!
The Learn to Curl program costs $25 per person, but if you register on line, it is just $20. Additionally, should you decide to join the club, 100% of the cost of your Learn To Curl will be applied towards your club membership.
Is curling for you? Maybe it is, or maybe it isn’t, but why not come find out for yourself? Great for couples, or singles. Grab your favorite girl or guy and join us Saturday, September 23!
Hard to believe, but it’s that time again!. It’s time to register for the 2017-18 season at the Mount Washington Valley Curling Club. Past members are always welcome back and we welcome new curlers and will sponsor a Learn To Curl on Saturday, September 23 from 6-8:30pm at the Ham Arena in Conway. If you’re new to curling, you must attend a Learn To Curl event before participating in a league.
This year we will again offer our Saturday night “Casual Curling”. This is open to all curlers experienced or not (we will teach you and provide all equipment) from ages 16 and up. All you need to bring is a clean pair of footwear, a learning attitude, and a desire to have a great time.
So grab a friend or two (or an entire team of 4!) and join the fun. This is an Olympic year and as always there will be tremendous interest in curling. Get ahead of the curve by joining now and truly enjoy this Olympic Curling Experience!
Get out of the sun and have some fun this Saturday at the Ham Arena. We will be holding our first “Learn To Curl event from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Ham Arena, 87 W. Main Street, Conway. All equipment is provided. Your introduction will include off ice instruction, on ice instruction and a mini-game. USCA instructors will have you curling like an Olympian in no time!
If you’ve ever wanted to try curling, now’s your chance! Open to all adults (16 and over).
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.
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!
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!