7 games are completed and we have reached our Thanksgiving break. Heading into the holiday the Chabot and Marshall rinks lead the two divisions. We will resume curling on December 2 at 7pm.
Signups for our fall league and sublist end this Friday 9/26/2014. Play begins October 7 and goes through January, taking breaks for the holiday weeks. We will have two draws each Tuesday. Each team will play once a night.
A team of three PCC members competed in the inaugural Rock Around the Clock All Night Bonspiel hosted by the Curling Club of Virginia in Richmond, VA. The bonspiel began at 8pm Saturday evening and concluded with the final draw at 10:30 am the following morning.
The PCC team was skipped by Ryan Smith, vice-skip was Kurt Wagner, second position was played by a Richmond member David Smith, and the lead was Brian Steadman. The team won their first two draws, 12-0 and 7-5 landing them in the A-Event finals. The finals were a tight match but the team fell 4-8 against a team from the home club.
Congratulations to the team for their achievement.
– Guest post by club member Nicole Plante
We had two teams representing the club; the men’s team: Daniel Fort, Ryan Smith, Matthew Jones and Kurt Wagner. The women’s team was Anne Wiggins, Nicole Plante, Sherri Odlevak and Lisa Cobb.
WOW what a fun experience! It feels so good to play and actually be able to apply strategy to your game on excellent curling ice. I think that the biggest challenge for us was to find the right weight to throw because the ice was so much faster than our home rink.
Believe me, it is a fantastic feeling to see your rock do exactly what the skip is asking you to do. That is when I realized what an exciting sport curling is. I learned a lot on strategy watching the other games and listening to the comments of the people around me.
Everybody is so enthusiastic and so friendly at this event that you become part of the great curling family. You feel welcomed the minute you enter the arena.
In conclusion, I would encourage everybody to go to a bonspiel and live the exciting experience of curling!
Yes curling is a year round sport. With arena ice available all year many clubs host events during the summer to keep the club active during the “off-season”. This summer we have two teams of members traveling to the 2014 USCA Arena Curling Championships in Lansing MI. We also have numerous members going to weekend bonspiels in California, Iowa, and North Carolina. In addition July 19th our club will play our annual friendly competition with the Charlotte Curling Association to compete for the 1712 Cup.
In addition, our club annual member meeting is scheduled for June 17th at Corner Pocket in downtown Greenville. Signup must be done in advance at https://pccannualmeeting.eventbrite.com.
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Congratulations to team Fort, our new club champions! In the championship game they took an early 3-0 lead; however, team Sharkey stormed back late and tied the game in the final end with a steal of 3. Fort’s draw to the button was closer to win the championship. Congratulations to Daniel Fort, Matt Cooney, Dannie Newell, and Brian Steadman on their win! Also congratulations to our silver medalists Matt Sharkey, Eddie Shirley, Dan Couture and Kristen/Cale Kirby.
Our fall league will begin in October. For more information see leagues
— Guest post by club member Anne Wiggins
It all started with a generous offer from David Carrick of Clan Kennedy to join them as part of their heritage. They were the honored clan this year in the games. The chief of Clan Kennedy is the 8th Marquess of Ailsa, Lord Angus Charles Kennedy. He takes his name from the island situated off the coast of Ayrshire, Ailsa Craig which is known for its quarrying of the rare blue granite where our PCC curling stones were made. He was the distinguished, honored guest at the games and very supportive of our club’s involvement. Both David, our liaison and Chris Kennedy, the North American Kennedy Clan Chief were our gracious hosts.
We were invited to march in the Great Scot! Parade on Main St. Friday evening, May 23. Eight club members marched proudly behind our banner, immediately following Clan Kennedy, waiving and being cheered by the crowds. Matt Sharkey was our spokesman, engaging the crowd, making a lasting, positive impression for PCC.
Saturday morning the actual games were held at Furman University. What a grand spectacle it was, from the opening ceremonies to the closing “Celtic Jam.” The blend of Memorial Day recognitions and the Scots Irish heritage in the South was moving tribute to both. Our participation in the Clan Kennedy tent consisted of a display of club and personal curling memorabilia including two antique stones, curling paintings and curling brooms, then and now.
The Kennedy Clan had a wonderful wall display of Ailsa Craig and the history of curling stones behind us for people to view. We discussed curling with the several hundred people who stopped by to touch/lift the stones and handle our brooms. Good questions were asked and brochures were also handed out. The event was great exposure for our club. We are most thankful for being invited to participate and let more people know how we have all come to fall in love with “The Roarin’ Game.”