Hurry hard: Digby ready to host national senior curling championships

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
Published on March 21, 2016

DIGBY – Digby has two curling rinks and no hockey rink.

In preparation for the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, Digby Area Recreation (DARC) has handed over their arena ice surface to the icemaker from Curling Canada.

“It’s their rink now,” said Bob Powell, manager of DARC. “It’s been a busy few weeks and there’s some things we can only do at the last minute but we’re way ahead of five years ago.”

DARC hosted the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in 2011 and Powell says that makes it loads easier this time.

“We know what we’re doing – for example, we had over 200 volunteers last time because we didn’t know how many we’d need. Well managing 125 volunteers is a lot easier.”

The teams and their followers start arriving March 26, Sunday is a practice day and Monday March 28, they start the draws (curling-talk for games – see glossary and schedule at end of article).

The opening ceremonies are March 28 and games go all week long at the curling club and the arena.

Saturday, April 2 is the big day with the semi-finals in the morning, the Randy Ferbey national senior pro-am at noon and the bronze and gold medal games for the men and women at 3 p.m.

DARC and Rob Hersey of the Municipality of the District of Digby have organized a week of culture, heritage and entertainment in the curling club called the Everest Patch.

The themed days of displays are followed every evening with live local entertainment and it’s all free admission.

Maggie’s Diner will be providing breakfast lunch and supper in the curling club and DARC is operating two bars, one in the curling club and one on the arena ice.

Friday night at the curling club is an East Coast Kitchen Party with a collection of local musicians.

Also DARC is hosting a third layer to all this – the Everest Ferbey pro-am will give four lucky senior curlers from across Canada the chance to play on teams with Randy Ferbey and, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs and ‘Iceman’ Al Hackner.

Brent Laing was lined up to play but he sadly won the Brier and has to go to Switzerland for the World Championships.

Powell says they are ready to roll and can’t wait for everyone to show up.

“We’re lucky to have this event in Digby a second time and to have these icons of the sport here again. These are some of the best curlers you’ll see anywhere,” he said. “Everyone should come out and enjoy it cause it’s going to be great time.”

Competition schedule

Pass for the week: $55

Daily pass: $10

One draw: $3

March 27: practice day

March 28: opening ceremonies 3 p.m.

March 28 – 31:

Games 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

April 1:

Games 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Draft for the Everest-Ferbey National Pro-Am draft at 8 p.m.

April 2:

9:30 a.m. - semi-finals

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - autograph session with Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Al Hackner.

12 p.m. - Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am 3 p.m. - Bronze and Gold Games, Men & Women

Closing Ceremonies

Everest Patch culture and entertainment schedule

Free all day

Breakfast Lunch and Supper served at Maggie’s Diner in the Curling Club

March 28 – Heritage Day

– displays exploring the history and legacy of our region

– performers Terry Farnsworth and Al Dupuis

March 29 – Bear River Day

– displays by the village’s eclectic assortment of artisans

– performers David Chamberland and Harvey Marcotte

March 30 – Acadian Day

– experience the culture in a lively, tasty way

– performers June Seary and Cripple Creek, and Brian Amirault

March 31 – Tourism Day

– displays featuring attractions, activities, festivals and adventures

– performers Reg Hazelton talks scallop and scalloping, Margie Brown Duo

April 1 – Bay of Fundy Day

– displays on tidal power and other innovative initiatives from around the Bay

– East Coast Kitchen Party with a special collection of local musicians

Curling glossary

BACKLINE: Stones which go over the line across the ice at the back of the house are removed from play

BITER: A stone that just touches the outer edge of the circles

BLANK END:An end in which no points have been scored

BURNED STONE: A stone in motion touched by a member of either team, or any part of their equipment is removed from play

BUTTON: The circle at the centre of the house

END: A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones

HACKS: The foot-holds at each end of the ice from which the stone is delivered

HEAVY: A rock delivered with a lot of greater force

HOG LINE: A line 10 meters from the hack at each end of the ice

HOGGED STONE: A stone that does not reach the far hog line must be removed from play

HOUSE: The rings or circles toward which play is directed consisting of a 12-foot ring, 8-foot ring, 4-foot ring and a button

PEBBLE: A fine spray of water applied to a sheet of curling ice before commencing play

RAISE: When one stone is bumped ahead by another

SHEET: The specific playing surface upon which a curling game is played

SHOT ROCK: At any time during an end, the stone closest to the button

SKIP: The player who determines the strategy, and directs play for the team. The skip delivers the last pair of stones for their team in each end