Loose Ends – 2 September

There is plenty of curling news to catch up on as well as some things that have caught my eye…

Firstly, the Curling History Blog has a new and fascinating post about WWII Prisoners of War who curled during their captivity in Germany – this must-read is here.

Have you ever wondered what nine curling stones being released simultaneously looks like? This YouTube video should satisfy your curiosity and proves that not all stones behave in the same way.

You might be aware of the Canadian floods that took place over the summer. Sadly, four curling facilities in Alberta were affected but things are looking up and we wish them well for the coming season – read all about it here.

The New Zealand Winter Games curling tournaments were won by Japan and Australia. New Zealand picked up two silvers while Korea and China took the bronze medals.

The two silvers won by New Zealand are the best ever for the host-nation – don’t forget their team includes ex-pat Scot Peter de Boer in their ranks. ‘Home’ nation interest was also with England who had a team in the Mixed Doubles event – they came sixth.

The full report is here.

The RCCC Academy had a squad training day last Wednesday at The Peak in Stirling. Find out how the stars of the future have been preparing for the season here.

Finally for this post, Robin Copland has written a piece on his blog about the upcoming European Mixed Curling Championships – have a read here.

After a quiet summer, there is much to report from the World Curling Federation. Stay tuned…