NZCA newsletter – June #2 2009

29 June 2009 – The latest NZ Curling Association newsletter announces the National coaches for the following year, gives notice of the NZCA's 125th anniversary in 2011 and suggests how we can encourage both the current and traditional games. There is also a reminder of the upcoming Curlers' Court – clubs must get candidates' names to Pete Becker by Friday 10 July.

 

Team Officials

The following appointments have been made for the 2009/10 international representative season –

  • NZ Coach overall – Sharon Morrison
  • NZ Men’s team Coach – Sharon Morrison
  • NZ Women’s team Coach – Peter Becker
  • NZ Junior Men’s team Coach – Peter Becker

Further appointments (including Team Managers) are to be made at the next meeting of the Executive.

 

NZCA 125th Jubilee

The NZCA is due to mark its 125th Jubilee in 2011 – just how that milestone should be acknowledged has yet to be decided on but the Executive would like to receive input from curlers as to a suitable format – please contact any member of the Executive to pass on your suggestions.

 

Club Membership

There are increasing numbers of young curlers playing the sport, particularly in the "hack" style of the game – these curlers are introduced to the sport via school events or through coaching sessions. As a matter of course, a lot of these new curlers do not try the crampit or traditional style of curling but that should not preclude them from membership of "traditional" curling clubs.

The Executive believes that at this time, any such new curlers should be encouraged to join an existing club even if their interest is presently limited to hack curling – once a member of a club, these new curlers may in fact be interested (now or some time in the future) in becoming a crampit curler, thereby becoming a source of active crampit curlers who would keep alive the traditional sport. Also, these new curlers may encourage the "older" traditional curler to try the hack style or even the stick style on the indoor rinks.

There is room in our game for curlers to actively play indoor and outdoor curling – it should be seen as being mutually beneficial to the sport of curling rather than being mutually exclusive. Existing Curling Clubs (particularly the "crampit" clubs) should welcome the opportunity of new young members who may initially favour one style of the game but then grow into the other style.

 

"The Roaring Game"

A reminder to all curlers and Curling Clubs that there are still copies of the book written by Bro Wilson Mawhinney – the book provides a very good history of the sport of curling in New Zealand.

The book has a retail price of $20 and should be seen as a "must" in every curler's home and in every Club's library.

Copies can be purchased from the NZCA – Sam Inder is presently holding the stock of books but please contact any member of the NZCA Executive to obtain a copy of this excellent edition.

 

NZCA Tournaments

A reminder to all proposed participants in the forthcoming NZ tournaments – NZ National Championships at Dunedin on 2-3-4-5 July; NZ Mixed Doubles at Naseby on 2-3-4 October. From NZCA regulations:

"...for these NZCA tournaments, each participant must be either a "full" member of a Curling Club affiliated to the NZCA (and the Club must pay a subscription to the NZCA on each player’s behalf) or pay an annual tournament licence fee which covers each calendar year. The tournament licence fee for 2009 has been set at $30 and is in addition to the actual tournament entry fee."

Persons who are not paid up "full" members of a club affiliated to the NZCA should immediately forward details of their name, contact (postal address, email address, phone numbers) and their payment of the tournament licence fee to the NZCA Treasurer (John Mulholland) – 1286 Auripo Road, RD 2, Oturehua. John's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should details of the NZCA’s bank account be required in the event that payment by internet banking is preferred.

 

NZCA Representative Teams

A requirement for eligibility for team selection is that each participant must be either a "full" member of a Curling Club affiliated to the NZCA (and the Club must pay a subscription to the NZCA on each player's behalf) or pay an annual tournament licence fee which covers each calendar year. As set out in the previous item, the tournament licence fee for 2009 has been set at $30.

This requirement applies to persons seeking to be considered for the following NZ rep teams:

  •   Men's National
  •   Women's National
  •   Men's Under 21
  •   Women's Under 21
  •   Men's Seniors
  •   Women's Seniors
  •   Mixed Doubles

 

Curlers' Court

As previously advised, in the event that a bonspiel is not called in 2009, it is proposed to hold a Curlers' Court on Thursday 30 July 2009 – the Executive has decided that Clubs will be required to advise the names of the candidates to be conducted through the Court by Friday 10 July 2009.

Should there be insufficient numbers of candidates, then the proposed Court will not be proceeded with.

Clubs should now forward details of their proposed candidates to the NZCA Secretary (Peter Becker) – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.please ensure that the candidates' names are with Peter by Friday 10 July 2009.