Jolly Bowl scheduled for last day in January
The Jolly Bowl dates back to the founding of the Chester Curling Club. The 45th edition will be played on the afternoon of Saturday, January 31.
This is a fun spiel open to all members of the club. The prize is the biggest, most impressive looking trophy in the club, a large bowl held up by four elephants. It is named after Mr Jolly, who donated the trophy when he was the manager of what is now the Louisiana-Pacific Siding plant in East River.
This year's event will start at 3:30 in the afternoon. The format will be two four-end games with a social break in between the games. There will be a pot luck supper after the second game. There will also be a 50/50 draw.
The sign up sheet has been posted at the club.
Snowball plans coming together
Don't be left out in the cold the February. The annual Snowball Mixed Bonspiel will the highlight of your winter. It runs on Valentine's Day weekend, 2015, Ferbruary 13 to 15 at the Chester Curling Club.
Planners have tweaked the format a little this year to get curlers home a little earlier Sunday afternoon. The Saturday night social will still feature dinner for all the curlers. But the dance, which has been poorly attended in the last few years has been taken off the agenda. Instead there will be a late evening draw after dinner.
Curling helmets come to Chester Club
It's not so much a new hat rack as the new safety section of the club. Eight hooks and eight hats and headbands hanging near the entrance to the ice shed. And each one has a little secret at the back, a piece of padding similar to a bike helmet. The pad will sit at the back of your head to protect your noggin in the case of one of those scary falls where your feet fly out from underneath you as you fall over backwards.
It will likely still hurt but with one of these new curling helmets, at least there is less chance of serious injury than when your head comes crashing down directly on the ice.
The club received a municipal grant this season of $500.00 for equipment purchases. Some the money went toward these new safety hats. If you would like your own headgear contact Terry Atherton at the club or call him at 902-275-3885.
Chester takes four games and the lead in the South Shore championship.
Upadated January 10, 2015
Chester sent two mixed teams to Bridgewater Saturday (January 10) and came home with four wins in the South Shore Curling Championship. Both Chester teams were undefeated on the afternoon.
The format is two four-end games for each team with a break for refreshments between games.
Chester now leads the overall standings with 119 points. Bridgewater and Lunenburg each have 81. Liverpool has 55. Points are based on wins, points scored and ends won. Lunenburg led after the first leg of the tour at 52.
The next stop is in Liverpool on February 21 and the series wraps up in Chester on March 7.
Watch for the signup sheet in the club. While competitive on the ice, the event is intended to be social affair and a chance to meet curlers from other clubs.
Another Banner: Fay to hoist second provincial banner
The Mary Fay team, playing out of the Chester Curling Club, will unviel their second provincial Junior Women's Championship banner on Saturday, January 17. It is the second consecutive provincial win for the team which includes Fay at skip, third Jennifer Smith, second Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc. The coach is Andrew Atherton. The N. S. Juniors were played at the end of December at the Lakeshore club in Sackville.
An informal reception and banner raising will follow an exhibition game between the junior champs and the Kelly Bachman (nee MacIntosh) team. Game time is 6:00pm. The Bachman team is the number two seed going into the Scotties Provincial Women's Championship. Kelly is a member of the Chester Friday Night Mixed League. This year's edition of the Nova Scotia Scotties is being held at the Dartmouth Curling Club from January 20 to 25.
Members and guests are invited to meet the champions and see a great curling exhibition.
The next big event for the Fay foursome is the Canadian Junior in Corner Brook, Newfoundland starting on January 24. The team will also represent Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in Prince George, BC from February 13 through March 1. Canada Games curling is an Under 18 age event, the Juniors are for curlers Under 21.