Grand National Curling Club Arena Club Champions

Woodstock Curling Club sent three teams to the GNCC Arena Club Championship this past weekend (Thursday June 26 – Sunday June 29) being hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Curling Club in Conway, NH.

The Woodstock Curling Club stole the show by putting both of its entries in the final match of the Grand National Curling Club of America championship at Ham Arena this week, with the quartet of Jay Flanders, Chris Miller, Nate Miller and Paula Flanders taking home the title.

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The tournament started on Thursday and saw Woodstock’s Team Flanders and Team Gawler — consisting of Rory Gawler, Matt Geer, Rita Seto and Sarah Parkinson — roll through their groups without a loss. Team Dugdale — consisting of Dave Dugdale, Rich Svec, Todd Allen and Peter Labelle made it to the semi playoffs in the D event but lost to Rutland for final playoff.

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WoodstockIII-1Team Flanders topped squads from Cranston, R.I.; Bucks County, Pa.; and the host club, Mount Washington Valley Curling Club, to make the final. Team Gawler’s victims included teams from Atlanta, Long Island, Rutland and Bridgewater, Mass.

Team Flanders edged Team Gawler in the final, 6-4, on Sunday to earn the championship. The tournament featured 25 squads from 14 East Coast states. Congratulations to Team Flanders for bringing home the GNCC trophy!

Summer Curling and Learn to Curl

Summer curling is scheduled for:

  • June 22nd, 6:30-9:00 pm
  • June 29th, 6:30-9:00 pm
  • July 6th, 6:30-9:00 pm
  • July 13th, 2:00-4:30 and 6:30-9:00 pm

Games are $20 per night. If curling in both sessions on July 13th, the cost is $30 for the two. We can accommodate 32 players per session. Reserve a spot by emailing uppervalleycurling@gmail.com.

A “Learn to Curl” session is scheduled for July 6th from 2:30-4:30. Cost is $20. The session is limited to 30 participants. Sign up by emailing uppervalley curling@gmail.com.

 

Successful Learn to Curl

A whopping 32 people came out to try out curling yesterday. Here are some great pictures and press to showcase the Woodstock Curling Club’s effort to spread the love of curling in the Upper Valley.

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2014 Winter League Final Results

With the remaining two weekends in league play, Game 1 and 2 playoffs were played on Sunday March 2 in condensed 4-end games while Game 3 playoff was played on Sunday March 9.

In Game 1 the results were:

Sheet A: Team Miller vs. Team Holt (3-2)
Sheet B: Team Geer vs. Team Flanders (3-2 with an exciting Curl to the Button tiebreaker)
Sheet C: Team Dugdale vs. Team Swanson (6-2)

In Game 2 the results were:

Sheet A: Team Flanders vs. Team Swanson (3-2)
Sheet B: Team Holt vs. Team Dugdale (4-3)
Sheet C: Team Geer vs. Team Miller (3-2)

In Game 3 the results were:

Sheet A: Team Geer vs. Team Flanders (9-3)
Sheet B: Team Miller vs. Team Holt (9-2)
Sheet C: Team Dugdale vs. Team Swanson (10-8)

Congratulations to Team Holt for a winning season!

2014 Lake Morey Pondspiel

With the snowstorm finishing up Friday morning, we were nervous how teams fared traveling up to Lake Morey. We had a late start Friday due to the snow and ice set up, but got into a good rhythm with curling on pond ice. Most of the weekend was spent battling snow, but everyone had a great time (and got a great workout). Great games, great food by Lake Morey Resort and great camaraderie! Check out the Lake Morey Pondspiel page for pictures and video of Sunday morning’s Finals Ceremony. Congratulations to the Ardsley Curling Club who won the Lake Morey Trophy.

This Pondspiel couldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors Lake Morey Resort and Long Trail Brewery, the Woodstock Curling Club members who helped with heavy labor setup and then promptly going out to play a game, and to our wonderful President Paula Flanders who was at the helm of organizing.

Learn to Curl – Sunday March 9, 2014

Finally! You’ve been asking and we’ve answered. If you’ve wanted to learn or are suddenly inspired after the Winter Olympics, check out our Learn to Curl page for our new session that we’re offering on Sunday March 9, 2014!

Feel free to drop by Sunday nights at Woodstock Union Arena from 7pm to 9pm to watch our club members in league play.

Ice Sports University at Lake Morey

We had an amazing weekend with lots of press for curling and our curling club. Todd Allen got to call into WTPL 107.7 friday afternoon and chat with Bob Lipman and Bob Lobell about curling with the upcoming Winter Olympics.

The Woodstock Curling Club was invited to be a part of Lake Morey’s Ice Sports University weekend. Guests enrolled at Ice Sports University for the weekend of January, 24th 2014 and earned their “diploma” in the following “majors”: Pond Hockey, Curling, Ice Fishing or Nordic Skating and “minor” in Snow Shoeing, and Cross Country Skiing. While Dave Dugdale, Paula Flanders and Peter LaBelle were setting equipment up friday, Jack Thurston from WPTZ channel 5 interviewed and filmed the group. See the great clip here:

Several members from the WCC were Professors and Assistant Professors as they taught guests who signed up for a 1 hour Learn to Curl session. It was a very successful day with 3 1-hour sessions with 20 guests each time. Learning on pond ice was very different than arena ice but guests were enthusiastic and loved the experience of delivering and sweeping stones. For the final “exam” we had 16 guests sign up for a 1 hour game with snow falling quickly. Professors assisted teams with skipping advice while Assistant Professors were busy clearing snow off the surface! Here are some pictures from yesterday’s event:
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Lake Morey Pondspiel Registration is Full

Our first annual Pondspiel at Lake Morey Resort is taking shape and is 4 weeks away (Feb 14 – Feb16). We have 16 teams from all over New England registered (registration is full and now closed). It should be a great time with the rest of the Winter Activities happening at the resort. All we need is the weather to keep cold for the ice to continue building after that warm spell last week. Come and check out what curling looks like on pond ice.