|Presentation after the Idaburn Trophy's 2017 match. Photo © Lottie Hedley / lottiehedleyphotography.com|
13 Aug 2017 – With warm weather signalling the imminent end of the outdoor curling season, a call went out to play the “North-South” one-day match for the Idaburn Trophy last Friday, 11 August.
Icemaker Jock Scott felt that while the ice conditions would be somewhat on the trying side, the ice would probably just about hold out long enough for a day’s curling on Naseby’s Outdoor Ice Rink.
Five teams each from the Naseby and Idaburn Curling Councils started the first of two scheduled 21 end games at 9am. Sluggish ice, and later pools of water, meant that the games progressed quickly – although curlers’ arms were already aching when the first game was completed.
Conditions became more challenging after lunch, and it was decided to cease play at the mid-way point of the afternoon round. By then shadows had spread back across the rink, and the ice may well have improved again if excess water was swept off. However, the players were feeling the effects of their efforts earlier in the day.
Curlers headed to the lounge at the adjacent indoor rink where the results were announced. In the 10 games, Naseby Curling Council won the trophy with a tally of 6 wins, 1 draw and 127 points scored, compared to 3 wins, 1 draw and 108 points for Idaburn Council.
Jock Scott, wearing his other hat as President of the Naseby Council, accepted the Idaburn Trophy along with the good wishes of NZCA Chairman Sam Inder and Idaburn President John Sanders.
Jock thanked all present for an excellent day and reiterated the shared passion they all have for their sport, and the importance of keeping the traditions of the outdoor game alive.