Letter: Try curling
I recently had the privilege to try my hand at the game of curling in Petersham at the curling club, which can be researched online. The folks there are very welcoming to newcomers and are eager to teach the art of curling. To anyone who has an interest, I’ll give you a rundown on what the game is about.
The stone is 42 pounds of solid granite which rides on little frozen droplets upon the ice surface. To make the stone go further and straighter the sweeper sweeps away the pebbles (droplets) to create less friction. The player must release the stone before the hogline. The hack is where you place your foot to push off and get forward momentum. The slippery slipper is work on the opposite foot from the throwing hand. Each stone that lands closest to the button (center) than the opponents is worth one point apiece. Each team consist of 4 players and each player throws two stones per inning. The “skip” is the player on each team that calls out the strategy from the end where the stones come to rest. The person who throws last in that particular inning is called the “hammer.” The hammer has the best chance or advantage to score for his or her team. A match may be 8 or 10 innings to deter a winner.
Expand your sports horizons by giving curling a try! To learn more just go online: curling101youtube.