September 24, 2007

It's not just frozen water

Most curlers don't appreciate how much knowledge is needed to produce excellent curling ice. The Kinross rink was looking good and playing well when I visited at the weekend. Steven Kerr makes the ice there and has been persuaded to give a talk on Wednesday, October 10, 7 for 7.30pm start, in the Loch Leven suite of the Green Hotel, on how the ice is made. It's not just frozen water!

The informal evening is a venture of the Kinross Curling School. All are welcome. A glass of wine and the opportunity to win a Performance brush are the incentives. Ena Stevenson (EnaStevenson /at/ is the contact for more information.

Members of the Curling School were hard at work Saturday introducing the sport to some visually impaired curlers. Expect this discipline to take off around the world soon.

A recent article noted that the Canadian Curling Association has taken note of the number of blind curlers competing in Canada.

Above: Ena Stevenson explains the game to newcomer John Barber. The Kinross rink held a 'come and try' for visually impaired curlers last Saturday.

Elsewhere in Europe at the weekend, teams skipped by Kelly Wood and Claire Milne both reached the semifinals of the Radisson SAS Oslo Cup. The other Scottish side, skipped by Sarah Reid, won two, lost two in their preliminary section. Canada's Jennifer Jones won the final.

David Murdoch, for the second WCT-e event in a row, made it through to the playoff stages before losing out in the quarterfinal of the men's competition. Logan Gray's team had a two win-two loss record. Canada's Kevin Koe won the event.

The complete results can be found here.

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