Auckland Curling planning for a 'normal' season

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31 Mar 2021 – A curling season unaffected by Covid-19 was at the top of the wish list for Auckland Club president Brett Sargon at the club's recent AGM.

He confirmed the club's season start dates for 2021:

  • Sunday 2 & 9 May – "Have a Go" nights for aspiring and curious curlers
  • Sunday 16 May – Probable opening night of the club league, although this could be moved to the 23rd if an extra session was needed for training of new curlers on the 16th.

The Auckland Secondary School League reverts to its usual Thursday evenings during Terms 2 and 3. The opening Have a Go sessions for schools will be on 6 and 13 May, with no charge for participants.

2020 Season

Covid lockdowns forced a late start to the 2020 season and a further break mid-season. Despite this, a full round-robin in the club league was held, although no playoffs were possible.

Based on the round-robin standings, Stonehenge (Garion Long, Benjamin Frew, Rebecca Long and Kieran Grieve) were declared club champions, with Rockers runners-up.

The Auckland Secondary School league was held alongside the club competition on Sunday evenings, but unfortunately was abandoned when the mid-season Covid restrictions hit. This also forced the cancellation of the North Island Secondary Schools championships.

Treasurer Rebecca Long reported that despite all interruptions, the club's finances were in reasonable shape. Most of the club's expenses are ice rental fees on-charged to club members, and these are not incurred if not playing.

2021 Committee

The officers were re-elected unopposed - President Brett Sargon, Vice-President Garion Long, Secretary Liz Matthews, and Treasurer Rebecca Long.

Benjamin Frew is Club Captain and he is joined on the committee by Lorne DePape and Earl Irving, with Immediate Past President Ian Ford. Sasha Golborodko has since been appointed to one of the remaining vacant positions.

The meeting agreed that the fees would remain unchanged at $60 per person for annual membership, with a team ice fee of $1580 for the season.

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