31 Jul 2009 – The July 2009 newsletter from the NZ Curling Association includes the Curling Court, draft 2010 calendar (including a proposed Test series against Australia) a reminder of the 100% Pure NZ Wnter Games and an update on My Lord, Bro. Dick McArthur.
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.
"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.
This is to be held on Friday 31 July 2009 – it was to have been held the night before but it was decided to try to hold the annual "North v South" match for the Idaburn Trophy as a prelude to the Court and the "Beef & Greens" meal which precedes the Court.
The Idaburn Trophy is competed for between the Idaburn Council and the Naseby Council.
The draft Calendar for 2010 has been provisionally adopted by the NZCA Executive; a couple of changes have been introduced, in an attempt to increase participant numbers and also to improve NZ's competitiveness at international events.
The 2010 NZ Mixed Fours Tournament has been set down for Queen's Birthday Weekend and is to be held in Auckland. This event has normally been scheduled for Naseby or Dunedin but it is hoped that by hosting it in Auckland, there may be an increased number of teams competing. The event is to also be "open" to all curlers (which may mean that overseas teams compete in the event) but the winner of the trophy must be a New Zealand-based team
The Executive has also supported the introduction of a "test" against Australia – if this proceeds, it would likely involve all NZ teams – Men's Open, Women's Open, Men's Senior, Women's Senior, Men's Junior, Women's Junior, and Mixed Doubles – as all should have been selected prior to the test series. If it proceeds as planned, then the test will afford an exciting opportunity for especially the Open and Junior teams to get some good competition prior to their respective Pacific Curling Championship events.
The "test" concept has yet to be canvassed with Australia so it may or may not eventuate or may be held at a different time – the NZCA Executive is suggesting a date of late October 2010 for the inaugural test series.
100% Pure NZ Winter Games
The inaugural NZ Winter Games are scheduled for late August 2009, with the curling set down for Naseby from 22 August to 29 August 2009. Eight men's teams and five women's teams are to be involved in the competition – this represents another great opportunity for all curlers and those interested in the game to get some first hand viewing of top international teams from around the world.
The venue is the Maniototo Curling International indoor rink, Channel Road, Naseby.
It is pleasing to report that My Lord, Bro Dick McArthur, is now back in Alexandra, having “escaped” from Burwood Hospital where he had been a model patient for 253 days following his horrific accident at home. While his house is being modified to be "wheelchair friendly", Dick is presently residing at the
Alexandra Heights Motels
125 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra
Phone: +64 3 448 6366
Visitors are most welcome and Dick looks forward to seeing you all. The best time to visit is the afternoons, as it takes some time to get him going in the mornings. If possible, please call prior to visiting. Dick has a team of carers looking after him and is still in rehabilitation – the motel is sort of a mini hospital room and he still is quite fragile. If you have any conditions such as the swine flu, bird flu, or black plague, then please do not visit Dick – visit when you are recovered.
My Lord was a surprise but welcome visitor to the Alexandra IceInLine Sports Complex on Monday 20 July 2009, whilst the Macrae Trophy inter-club finals day action was taking place.
All going well, My Lord will be in attendance at the forthcoming Curlers' Court set down for Friday 31 July 2009, at Oturehua. Bro Jack Davis (Lowburn Curling Club) will be the Acting My Lord.