No matter the age of the curler, getting down into proper positioning from the hack is a “circus of the joints”. Add a sheet of ice into the mix, and it’s a daunting task for many.
A league at the Cochrane Curling Club have a weekly solution to ensure that everyone can continue to take part in one of the country’s favourite pastimes. ‘Sturling’ is played in teams of two, with no sweeping between the hoglines and rocks thrown primarily with a stick.
“It’s a game that people can pick up surprisingly quickly,” said league boss Joey Hyde-Wilson.
The format was conceived nearly twenty years ago by a pair of curlers up in Carstairs.
“It was an offshoot of wheelchair curling, where they throw the stick in a similar manner. We don’t have any sweeping in between which is one of the draws to bring in people who can no longer get down in the hack but wish to carry on the game that they’ve loved for so many years.”
In addition to regular league play within the Cochrane Curling Club, the group hosts the bonspiel each year.