Kootenay Savings Super League Curling

Curling: Super League calls out curlers

The Kootenay Savings Super League is on the lookout for more curlers as it prepares to slide out of the hack later this month.

The Kootenay Savings Super League is on the lookout for more curlers as it prepares to slide out of the hack later this month.

The League plays at the Trail Curling Club and is in jeopardy of skipping this season if it doesn’t get more than the five teams already signed up.

“I want six for sure, but eight would be way better,” said Super League organizer and curler Richard Faunt. “At the end of last year when you’ve played everybody for the fourth time, it kind of loses its lustre.”

Any combination of men, women, or junior curlers from across the West Kootenay can make a team and join the league and while the curling is competitive, it is also enjoyable.

“We have the junior team back, a senior ladies team in, and they can be from all over Grand Forks, Nelson, Castlegar, or Fruitvale, it doesn’t matter.”

In addition to the Justin Umpherville junior foursome and the Heather Nichols’ ladies rink, the league will see the return of the Deane Horning team, Ken Fines rink and the Myron Nichol foursome.

Many of the curlers have represented the region in Men’s, Ladies, Seniors, Juniors and Mixed provincial championships with three-time Brier competitor Horning and Don Freschi winning the BC championship in 2005, and Horning curling with skip Pat Ryan in the 2002 and 2003 Canadian Brier.

In last year’s Super League final, however, the Rob Ferguson rink defeated Horning’s foursome 7-5 to end the Castlegar native’s reign of six consecutive Super League titles.

The games go on Thursdays at 7 p.m.  and the Super League is free of any Trail Residency Program (TRP) fees, as the Curling Club leases the venue. In addition, the fee for registering a team is very reasonable, ensures Faunt.

“It is cheaper than regular curling, and some teams get sponsors and so they don’t have to pay anything.”

The league traditionally gets started the third week in September but may delay it a week, depending on the number of teams – with eight being the magic number.

For more information contact Faunt at 368-3734.

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