The above presentation unfortunately did not produce the results we were hoping for. Life goes on and we continue our efforts to bring curling to East Hants
Hello to PANDEMIC CURLING.
The East Hants Curling Association's 2020/2021 curling year has begun: the first two weeks, October 8th and 15th, were practice sessions and October 22nd is the first league game that will count in the wins, losses, and tie points total for the year.
EHCA is off to a great start with 10 teams in action using all five sheets. The League, consisting of 10 ladies and 30 gentlemen, is an increase to 10 teams from the 9 teams of last year’s morning League. Because of scheduling demands faced by the Sportsplex management for this PANDEMIC year, the League is actually curling from 1:30 to 3:30 every Thursday afternoon.
Although EHCA is operating, there are some curlers who are not able to participate because there is not enough ice time available for an evening league. Also unavailable this year, is the 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. timeframe that was previously used to introduce/teach the youth of our community to curling. It is my prediction that EHCA will come out of the PANDEMIC stronger and will be back to regular operations next year. The Executive met in a member’s garage to ensure Covid protocols were maintained while working to get the season started in a very complex but doable sporting environment. It is important to maintain our lives but to do so in a responsible manner and support the concerns of each EHCA member.
I would be remiss if I did not say a huge thank you to the Manager of the Sportsplex for working with the EHCA to ensure curling remained on the ice this year. The manager has significant challenges and he was most accommodating in working with EHCA from the very start of the ice installation. EHCA did not even know if curling would happen with all the PANDEMIC limitations, but all curling markings were installed from the onset of ice making. There is only one ice surface installed vice the regular two at the Sportsplex. For the first two weeks so far, the ice technicians, Alex, John and Cody, did a superb job of preparing the ice for curling. This was in spite of having to use a different process because of scheduling issues. They met the challenges on all fronts and we say, “Well Done”.
The members who do not have their own equipment have been loaned brooms, sticks, gliders, shoes, and sliders for the curling season. This was done in order to help EHCA maximize membership, keep cost to a minimum and expose as many East Hants residents as possible to the sport of curling. The cost is $250.00 for the curling year. We are always in need of spares so if you want to get on the spares list or are ready to fill in full time in case needed in the future, please contact us.
Your executive is Harold MacNeil (President), George Prest (V-President), Caius Doyle (Treasurer), John Csutorka (Secretary/Statistician/Scheduler), and Board Members Lawrence Williams, Terry Isenor, Luc Boudreau, and Rick Hilliard. Contact information is on the website so feel free to contact anyone at anytime to learn more about curling at the East Hants Sportsplex.
The PANDEMIC requires EHCA to adhere to NS Health regulations, and EHCA will meet the CHALLENGE.
Your President, Harold MacNeil