Curling, Among Friends

By: Barry Donahue

Topics: Sports

Cold concentration.  BARRY DONAHUE PHOTO

ORLEANS Now in its second season, the 44-member Lower Cape Curling Club hosted an event known as a “Friendly” with the Cape Cod Curling Club from Falmouth at the Charles Moore Arena last week.

The non-competitive match was held to help new members feel comfortable playing with cutlers from other clubs, organizers say. For more information, visit www.LowerCapeCurlingClub.com.

At the heart of the game are 30-pound granite objects known simply as “stones.”

At the heart of the game are 30-pound granite objects known simply as “stones.”

As vital as the stones are the brooms, used to sweep the ice before the stone to control its speed.

As vital as the stones are the brooms, used to sweep the ice before the stone to control its speed.

Players sweep down the ice in the heat of the match.

Players sweep down the ice in the heat of the match.

Brooms try to sweep the stone to the proper spot on the "field of ice."

Brooms try to sweep the stone to the proper spot on the "field of ice."

Lining up the stone before pushing it down the ice.

Lining up the stone before pushing it down the ice.