9 Jul 2013 – Poolburn Curling Club took home the prized Snuff Box Trophy when they won the recent National Bonspiel.
2012 marks the third success for Poolburn in this iconic New Zealand sporting event, called only when there is sufficient natural ice on an outdoor rink.
The call went out to all of the country's curling clubs late on Friday 6th July, giving them 48 hours notice to find two rinks of 4 players and head to Idaburn Dam in the Maniototo for an 8:30 am start on Monday 9th.
Good keen black ice and heavy fog greeted over 250 curlers on the first morning, and all teams played two 21-end games. The first match was won by Alpine, both of their teams winning and accumulating 64 points. Ranfurly took the afternoon match with 2 wins and 62 points.
Clear skies and a stunning sunrise started the second day and by late morning the temperature rose above zero for the first time. This triggered a rapid melt of the hoar frost, and the surrounding countryside rapidly lost its white coating in just over half an hour. The ice also became a little heavier but Otago Central mastered it best, winning the third match with 2 wins and 52 points.
The ice tightened up again in the afternoon, and Alexandra won the last match of the Bonspiel with 2 wins and 66 points.
A traditional beef and greens dinner followed in the Oturehua Hall and then the Curlers' Court. Otago Central 1 were awarded the Champion Rink title with 4 wins and 106 points, with Manorburn 1 second on 4 wins and 102 points.
Manorburn club were also runners-up to Poolburn in the overall standings, while winless Balmoral were the unfortunate recipients of the Leather Medal.
The National Bonspiel is called annually when weather and ice conditions allow, and this was the 65th event since 1879. This year's was just the fifth since 1995.
- 2012 results summary
- History of The Bonspiel
- Otago Daily Times, 10 July – Stones roar over ice
- Otago Daily Times, 11 July – Women enjoy the roar of the stone
Thanks to Glenys Taylor and Pat Cooney for generous use of their images.