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The Hizzle of T-Fizzle » Blog Archive » November Curling Update

November Curling Update   


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This past weekend was the Harvest bonspiel.  It’s the club’s premier ’spiel, an invitational mixed format.  As such, we raffle off slots that aren’t taken up by teams from “out of town.”  My CPK colleagues and I at this point feel comfortable representing the club in our more “serious” event, so we did not enter the raffle.  But we did get recruited to be on the planning committee for the event so we were around for most of the weekend helping out where necessary.  Everyone had a great time and we were able to raise some money to help club member Jeff Harris who suffered a spinal cord injury over the summer - thanks to everyone who contributed! 

In a personal success, X and I conducted an off-beat curling game including trick shots and throwing of cornish hens.  The success was that this game was played by people in street shoes, some of them more than a little in the bag and no one got hurt!  For next year X and I are already planning some refinements to this portion of the event.

On the curling front, I met some nice and talented curlers.  Chris Faircloth scored me a $16 jackpot and went on to win the second event.  “Team Scotland” claimed the third event which included my former teammate Rich Chadwick and his father.  And the 1st event was conquered by Derek Surka.  That marks his 4th win at the Harvest in 5 years.  His vice (and wife) Charissa was quick to point out that the year they lost was the year she was not in attendance.  I guess there’s some truth to that old saying…

Thanks to everyone who came out, helped, planned, participated, donated and otherwise made it a success!

In the actual “playing” of the game, I believe I’ve played 4 games since my last match.  The first match was a banner game for me in the Mixed league.  I was just hitting things right and left.  Even mistakes went right.  The following Men’s match was not quite as good but still pretty solid.   The next two matches were fairly bleak.  We had a Beginners’ match on Sunday, worn out from the bonspiel.  With the exception of our lead we were just not hitting a thing.  Meanwhile the other team was just dead on, hitting shot after shot.  Anytime we even started to make some headway, they would just blow us right out of the water!  I don’t usually quit early, especially in the Beginners’ where it’s supposed to be a learning experience anyway!

I also made good on my promise to start taking notes on the games and it’s already interesting to have some stats.  Despite my most extensive experience being in the lead position, I am currently weakest in throwing guards at 34% while for takeouts - a weak point for me all last season - I am throwing 50%!  Go figure! 

Also, I throw nearly 3x as many out-turn shots compared to in-turn.

To acquire the stats I’m basically cribbing the 4-point system that is commonly used, simplified a bit so that I can quickly note the handle, called shot, actual shot and score while in the middle of a match.  I break shots into draw, takeout and guard.  Tap-backs I am qualifying as draws.

For draw the scoring breakdown is 4 points for the shot made as called, 3 for being close (within a few feet), 2 for getting the weight OR the line fairly good, 1 for the stone being basically somewhere in play, and 0 for a hog, flash, or something way off (like if a draw to the back 12 comes out as a guard). 

Guards are similar to draws, although depending on the situation I may give myself a zero just for getting it in the house.

Takeouts are a bit tougher to explain…basically 4 points for the shot as called, a zero if the stone misses, 1 if the stone misses and sticks around, 3 if the shot is close but not quite (no roll on a hit-and-roll or losing the shooter on a hit-and-stick).  I’m not sure where a 2 comes in.  I’ll know it when I see it.

In any case, here are the current stats:

You can view the full spreadsheet, containing shot-by-shot breakdowns and point totals by clicking here (opens in new window).  If you have any ideas for other ways to cut the data, let me know and I’ll incorporate them.

One Response to “November Curling Update”

  1. MIke Says:

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    Holly Crap the Theo Epstein of Curling…… I am going to have to request that you staryt keeping stats on all CPK members. Maybe we can keep stats on the whole club and start a fantasy league. I think I would be afraid to keep my stats.

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