Monday, February 24, 2014

Curling Recap: February 2014

The Winter Olympics are over, and that means no more curling on television until...well, whenever NBCSN decides to show it again. When will that be? Fortunately, we still have 13 Olympic curling matches saved on the DVR that we haven't gotten around to watching yet. We're going to take our time with those.

So, now it's time to get back to my own curling adventures. A week or two ago, we finished up a four-week "mini-league", specifically designed to end before the Olympics ended, so that our club can make way for "Learn to Curl" session after "Learn to Curl" session. How'd I do?

Career game #241: 2014 Winter Friday Mini-League - January 24, 2014
(my team: Wright)

End........... 1234567 |TTL
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Wright........ 0314022 | 12
Hobbie........ 1000100 | 02

Career game #242: 2014 Winter Friday Mini-League - January 31, 2014
(my team: Wright)

End........... 1234567 |TTL
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Wright........ 2130011 | 08
Mitchell...... 0002100 | 03

Career game #243: 2014 Winter Friday Mini-League - February 7, 2014
(my team: Wright)

End........... 12345678 |TTL
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Franklin...... 11010111 | 06
Wright........ 00202000 | 04

Career game #244: 2014 Winter Friday Mini-League - February 14, 2014
(my team: Wright)

End........... 12345678 |TTL
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M. Jackson.... 00010002 | 03
Wright........ 21103310 | 11

So, three solid wins, and one close loss. Pretty good! I think it's interesting that we only surrendered an end of two or more points in 2 out of 30 ends. Officially, we finished in 3rd place in the mini-league out of 6 teams.

I'll take two things away from this mini-league, mostly. For one, I was the Vice on a 3-person team, which meant that I threw three rocks per end. Gotta say, throwing three per end - and as the Vice rather than the Lead, so that you get more shot variety - might be the best practice, outside of real, actual practice, anyway. I played some great games in these four weeks.

Also, the ice conditions are getting worse, because the concrete under Sheet 3 is heaving, causing some nasty falls on the ice that they can't really do anything about until they take the ice out completely, which they're not going to do anytime soon. Good time to start building our own building, eh? Hopefully all the new curlers that start up with us over the next few weeks will have fun anyway, despite the less than ideal ice conditions.

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