CRISPY CRUNCHERS HAVE RETURNED!
Team CRISPY CRUNCH – aka Gayle, Kathy, Sharon and Susan – just returned from a curling adventure in Elgin, Scotland via Iceland. And, what an adventure! First, in a brief stopover in the Iceland airport, we ran into Lori Olson-Johns, third on Val Sweeting’s Alberta team (she was a coach in last summer’s curling camp that we attended). Lori was on her way to Perth, Scotland to curl in a big time women’s spiel that Eve Muirhead won – great fun discussing curling with her. Then it was on to the Moray International bonspiel in Elgin about 4 hours north of Glasgow. The curling club is part of a very large athletic centre and shares the ice with hockey and figure skating – can you imagine preparing the ice 3 times a week for three different sports! This was our first encounter with arena ice and it treated us well. Twenty teams participated – Scotland of course, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, U.S.A. and us. We were the only 4 woman team – there were juniors, seniors, wheel chair curlers, former world mixed and junior champions – a real mixture. We played 7 matches in 3 days and on Sunday afternoon were presented with runnerup trophies (we were tied for first on the second draw but did not have as many ends as the other team) and 4 large bottles of Scotch whisky.
The following week we travelled to Kinross Curling Club – a real curling venue – to curl against Graeme Maguire and Morgan Nicoll and fellow curlers, Elinor and Karen. Both Graeme and Morgan had curled in the Strathcona Cup in Ennismore in 2013. Both curl for the Haddington Club in the Murrayfield complex in Edinburgh. Kinross was the only club still open in April so there was lots of activity including Thomas Muirhead practicing on one ice and Bruce Mouat on the other ice. Bruce just won the world junior title and is coming to Edmonton for the Champions Cup – talk about rubbing shoulders with world class curlers. Click here to see what was posted on the Haddington Curling Club website about this match.
We still had time to see some of the Scottish sights and then spent 3 days in Iceland, an amazingly beautiful country.
Would we do it again? Yes, in a minute – next year’s spiel will be held in Elgin on April 7, 8 and 9.