June 3rd, 2010


Somewhere in the darkness...

After watching a bunch of curling during the winter olympics, monstersocks and I took a class at the Dakota Curling Club. I enjoyed it so I decided to sign up for the Spring League at the Saint Paul Curling Club, much closer to home.

I was fortunate to be placed on a team with one other beginner and two more experienced curlers. There were six teams in our League, with half of the teams having one or two experienced members and the rest being composed entirely of beginners. We ended up having a different team each week as we beginners showed up every week but there were substitutes for one or the other (or both) of the more experienced curlers several weeks. I showed up early each week to practice before the match.

We lost our first game to a team whose skip was in the 2006 Olympics. We won the next few games, although our fourth game was extremely close (we were tied going into the last end then stole a point to win the game). Our last game of the season was against the first team we'd played. We did better this time around, stealing a point in the third end and four in the fourth. They rallied to score three in the fifth, then steal two more in the sixth tying it up. The match was running long so we had a tiebreaker after the sixth where the thirds on each team threw a single stone, no sweeping, and whoever was closer to the button won. The other team was a few feet closer so they won.

I'm very happy with how we did overall. I got a lot better as the season progressed, and I can now say that I've only lost matches when the other team had an Olympian. I'm seriously considering signing up for the Fall League later this year.

monstersocks came out to two of the games and took some pictures with my camera for me. (I had messed with the settings poorly for game 4 so the pictures came out a bit overexposed.)