I am relatively new to curling, having just taken it up after the last Winter Olympics. Its been a long couple years of curling here in Cincinnati, trying to get people motivated to come curling all the time and trying to get organized with the arena. But Saturday made me happy when people from 3 or 4 different curling teams came up to ask me about Bonspiels and future leagues. I also had someone approach me about becoming an instructor at the club. I admit that along the way to get here, I often wondered if we could really build curling momentum, but I can't deny what I am seeing. Couple that along with the fact that there is such even balance in our league, and I think that curling is in great shape here in Cincinnati.
As for my curling, our team played probably our best game of the year so far. We put Rocks in play and in good position from the first end to the last, keeping pressure on the other team to beat us. But what may have been the most interesting thing for me in the evening was the lead for the other team. He was called in as a last minute spare. He was from Mexico, had never been on ice before in his life, and didn't speak English. It made for some interesting first couple of ends. But by the end of it, he found a rhythm and was playing pretty well for a first timer.
The league is coming to a close, with just 1 week left before summer is upon us. And just everyone knows, there will be curling during the summer at the club. I'm not sure how popular is is going to be, but the opportunity does exist to curl.
Good luck to everyone in their last game of the league, and I look forward to curling with everyone in the near future