Curling season about to begin

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Dunedin Curling Club members are getting ready for the start of a new season.

The club, which has been operating since 1873, is one of the oldest curling clubs in New Zealand.

Acting secretary/treasurer John Cuttance said the season would start on Tuesday and finish around August.

The club has a weekly club night and runs a competition during the season, he said.

Teams from Balclutha, Gore and around Outram often travelled to compete in the weekly games, he said.

“There’s a lot of fun in it.

“We are all involved and we have a lot of banter on the ice.”

As well as plenty of group competitions in Dunedin and out of town, there are also individual trophies which are based on several different tests.

The club is based at the Dunedin Ice Stadium and plays both crampit and hack style curling on different nights.

Club president Lester Peterson said hack curling was more popular among younger curlers, whereas crampit was a more traditional style of game.

Mr Peterson, who has been involved in the club for 11 years, said hack was a more “modern” way to play.

Life member Trevor Lewissaid people did not need to own any equipment to play, as it was all provided by the club.

“What we suggest is a warm jersey and a sleeveless jacket.”

The club also hosted other sports clubs or organisations that wanted to curl socially and aided the secondary schools tournaments that were held on Wednesdays.

Dunedin Curling Club is having a free open night on Tuesday at 7pm. Anyone who is interested in curling is welcome to attend and try their hand at the sport. Contact John Cuttance 0800 233-780 for more information.