Sunday, 12 February 2017

The curling rink in Esther was a pretty busy place during the winter. All four of us in the above picture learned to curl in the "Old Esther Curling Rink." As the years went by, a new Central  Curling Club with artificial ice was built in New Brigden and we all curled there too. Early in the winter of 1974, we heard about a playoff for the Local FUA to represent the Oyen area and curl in the provincial bonspiel in Edmonton. Well the four of us in our mismatched sweaters decided to practice and enter the spiel. Long story short we won the local playoff and earned a berth in the Provincials in Edmonton and ended up winning second in the B division. Not bad for a bunch of farm boys, we did end up getting matching sweaters when we got to Edmonton. We ended up curling together for many years after that.

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