LRCA sets schedule for Fall 2016 season

The Lakes Region Curling Association has set the schedule for its Fall 2016 season. As in the previous year, all curling matches are set for Sunday evening at Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro. Matches are set to begin at 5:15, with a 15-to-20-minute warm-up/practice period preceding. 

One change from last year’s schedule is that matches are scheduled for the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, thereby avoiding the need to play on two evenings in a row — Sunday and Monday — at a later time to make up for the lost date.

Dates for Fall 2016 matches are available here.

LRCA sets curling information session for July 20

If you’ve admired and enjoyed watching the graceful Olympic sport that is curling, you now have a chance to try it out._DSC1808

The sport of curling, rapidly growing in New Hampshire, arrived in the Lakes Region in 2015 with the formation of the Lakes Region Curling Association. After highly successful leagues in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016, the LRCA  is holding an informational session for potential new members on Wednesday, July 20, at the Wolfeboro Public Library in preparation for a 10-week curling league that will start in October at Pop Whalen Arena in Wolfeboro.

LRCA curling experiences are designed for participants all ages, for men and women, and for people of varied abilities.

The July 8 session starts at 7 p.m. and will offer an overview of the game of curling, display some of the equipment used in game play, and present information about how the local fall league will operate.IMG_4392

Members of the public from throughout the Lakes Region are encouraged to attend, hear organizers discuss the upcoming program, and ask questions about the sport.

Participants in the LRCA’s fall league will be free to organize their own teams of four to six members (game play will allow team members to rotate into a game), but organizers will also create teams for individuals who do not have one already formed.

A game of curling consists of two four-member teams, with each team “throwing” (that is, sliding) eight polished granite stones toward a bulls-eye target known as “the house.” A game consists of six to ten “ends” (think of them as innings) during which players on the two teams alternate delivering stones towards the house.

While most of us are familiar with the classic sliding delivery in curling, players may also throw their stones using a special push stick that enables the player to walk towards the delivery point and slide a stone without the need to stoop._DSC1733

This makes the game accessible to people of varied skill levels and physical abilities.

In each end, points are allocated to the team whose stones come to rest closest to the center of the house. A team is allowed to hit the opposing team’s stones in order to move them away from the center of the house. Consequently, curling, which has been described as “chess on ice,” is a game of strategy as well as dexterity.

Started in Scotland in medieval times, curling came to the United States and Canada with Scottish immigrants in the 19th century. While it has been popular in Canada for decades, the game started to explode in popularity in the US after the last winter Olympics.

More information about the sport is available on this site’s learning page.

Wolf Pack completes dash to winter championship

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Wolf Pack members, from left, are Sue Bennett, Eileen Neal, Shirley Allesandroni, and Meg Ward.

The Lakes Region Curling Association’s Winter 2016 season concluded on March 13 with the Wolf Pack completing a dominant run to the championship. The team, consisting of curling veterans Eileen Neal and Sue Bennett and first-year curlers Meg Ward and Shirley Allessandroni, left opponents in the dust during the regular five-game league.

The group then proceeded to brush aside opponents in the three-game playoff, remaining the only unbeaten squad in the tournament.

The final week’s matches saw these results:

Wolf Pack 12, Late Broomers 3

Stone Chuckers 6, Golf Nuts 5

Curlin Curlers 5, Stone Agers 4

On the Rocks 7, Dirty Polar Bears 5 

The playoff standings are as follows

Team W L T Pts. Total pts. scored
Wolf Pack 3 0 0 6 28
Late Broomers 2 1 0 4 19
Stone Chuckers 2 1 0 4 19
Curlin Curlers 2 1 0 4 16
Golf Nuts 1 2 0 2 19
Stone Agers 1 2 0 2 14
On the Rocks 1 2 0 2 13
Dirty Polar Bears 0 3 0 0 15

To view Mike Spence’s photos of the Winter 2016 league, see this gallery.