Big happenings in the ‘cool’ world of curling

Big happenings in the ‘cool’ world of curling

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The Canadian Open recently finished in Kelowna, and Glenn Howard’s rink defeated the Brad Jacobs foursome to take the win. It was a very defensive game, ending at 3-1 for Howard.
The next major event in BC is the Continental Cup, starting on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the South Okanagan Events Center in Penticton. 
This event, sponsored by the World Financial group, pits the best teams from North America against the best from the rest of the world. 
Instead of individual rinks competing for the glory, it is two teams, each comprised of six rinks, three men’s and three women’s. Canada supplies two men’s teams and two women’s teams; the other two North American teams coming from the US. 
All of the “world” teams are from Europe. It will definitely be worth watching and tickets may still be available. Check out http://www.curling.ca/championships/continentalcup/ticket-information/ to confirm.
The second half of the Eastlink Curling Club schedule started January 7. I did not personally participate in the first half due to pressing family matters.
My contribution has been previous “Curling Corner” submissions. It is my intention to actively participate in the second half. My plan may be impacted, however, by the content of my recent articles, particularly those that tried to describe the relative positions and duties of the members of a typical rink. 
While the information presented was intended to educate, some curlers saw it as something else, definitely not educational.  Before I got signed up for the second half, I was strongly encouraged to retract what I had written about the different team members. 
Actually, “strongly encouraged” might be a bit of an understatement. There was some mumbling about “becoming one with the earth” if I did not retract. I don’t know what the fuss was about or what was meant by that comment, but it seems prudent to retract what I wrote in the last four articles.
So, here it is.  I retract what I wrote. To quote a famous philosopher “but nonetheless it is true.”  Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone I said that.
Our Wednesday night mixed league is in need of two more curlers, preferably those able to play in the third or skip position. We want to ensure that all of the new curlers who signed up this year are able to enjoy the game to the fullest.
If you have just returned from a southern vacation or just moved to Oliver and want to get into curling, this may be your chance.

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