Curlers hoping for national bonspiel

Curlers play the roaring game at Idaburn Dam, competing for the Wilson Cup this week....
Curlers play the roaring game at Idaburn Dam, competing for the Wilson Cup this week. Anticipation is building that a national bonspiel could be held at the dam next week. Photo by Lynda van Kempen.
Interest is running hot on one of the coolest national sporting events around.

Anticipation is building about the possibility of a two-day national bonspiel going ahead on the Idaburn Dam at Oturehua early next week as organisers field calls from curlers.

"We've had calls from all over the country about it and I know of at least three curlers from Auckland who are planning to come down," Idaburn Curling Council ice master Robert Rutherford said.

The ice was still in good condition on Tuesday after the Wilson Cup match, contested by about 130 curlers from 16 clubs.

A decision on whether to call curlers for a national tournament at the Idaburn would be made this weekend, he said.

"It depends on the weather. There's snow down to low levels forecast for this weekend, so we'll have to wait and see. But we have a good base of ice now, so it could be cleared. On Saturday, we'll measure the ice again and see how it looks."

The Idaburn council would host the event.

Mr Rutherford said 48 hours' notice of a national bonspiel was needed so curlers had enough time to get there.

"So the earliest we'd hold it would be Monday and Tuesday next week."

The bonspiel would involve about 250 curlers from 32 clubs throughout New Zealand.

The last national bonspiel at Idaburn was held in 2007.

 

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