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Weyburn's CU Spark Centre prepares for outdoor Crokicurl games

Playing space is being set up for Crokicurl, which combines curling with crokinole in an outdoor setting

WEYBURN – Outdoor ice space is being set up at the Credit Union Spark Centre for the sport of Crokicurl, which combines the sport of curling with the board game crokinole.

The City of Weyburn received a grant from the South East Sport, Culture and Recreation District which gave them a head start on the Crokicurl project, said Tina Clay of Weyburn’s recreation department.

“With those funds, we ordered rocks specific to Crokicurl. The Weyburn Agricultural Society reached out and agreed to sponsor the supplies and build the frame. From there, they reached out to Stewart Steel who donated the steel for the posts so that we will have this game for years to come,” explained Clay.

Members from the Weyburn Agricultural Society and the Weyburn Curling Club were on site a couple weeks ago to build the frame and the Spark Centre’s maintenance crew has been working hard to get the ice surface just right.

They did a big flood on Tuesday night and another one again on Wednesday morning.

With the weather conditions fluctuating in the last week or two, Clay said they are not quite sure when it will be ready for public use, “however, we will let everyone know as soon as it’s ready.”

The City of Weyburn ice surface will be available to use, at no charge to everyone on a first-come first-served basis. A demo day for the game will be held once a date has been set, said Clay.

The game has a set of rings like in curling, except there are posts around the inner circle, and the aim is to have a rock end up on the button in the centre for 20 points. Failing that, each shot must make contact with an opponent’s rock, unless there are no rocks on the surface. If the rock fails to make contact with an opponent’s rock, it is removed from the surface.

The outer ring is five points, the inner white ring is 10 points, the inner ring is 15 points and the button is 20 points. The game is played with two teams, with one or two players on each team.

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