The Yellowknife Curling Centre will soon be introducing a new rendition of the sport for local players known as Stick Curling.
In stick curling two person teams play a six-end game, throwing six rocks an end. The rock is delivered with a stick instead of sliding on the ice. It is considered a safer way to play the sport, with less emphasis on sweeping, and more focus on the shots themselves. It is also much shorter, with games taking around one hour.
Mike Borden, one of the Stick Curling organizers, explained that “Stick curling is perfect for people who used to curl, or who have wanted to try curling, without committing to the more physical aspects of the game.”
The Curling Club is giving people a free opportunity to come out and try stick curling. Introductory sessions are planned for the evening of Monday, November 13th at 7 p.m. and again Saturday, November 18th at 10:30 a.m. Basic lessons will be offered. There will be no charge for the introductory sessions.
If there is sufficient interest, regular time slots will be set in the New Year for ongoing play.