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The Last End

The Last End: The history of playing time

The rules regarding playing time have changed many times throughout curling’s history.


It’s been 37 years since the Brier was last held in London, where some interesting official changes were made that first week of March in 1974.


For many years, members of the curling community have disagreed about the best draw formats and how the game’s major events should be operated.

The Last End: Opportunities for Junior Curlers

The first official Canadian schoolboys curling championship took place back in 1950 and for the next 25 years the age limit was 18 and Canada’s high schools played a major role in its operation.

The Last End: Perspective on the Cost of Curling

There is no doubt that the 2010 Olympic Winter Games was the most successful event ever for the sport of curling in all of North America.


The Macdonald Lassie was held at Sault Ste. Marie in 1978, in the old Sault Ste. Marie Gardens, and while a number of locals will remember the event, probably few will recall the number of significant things that happened during that second-last Lassie 32 years ago.

Coaching in Canada and the World Stage

The Canadian Curling Association finally decided, in 1974, the time had arrived to do something about training curling instructors. By 1979, the program also involved the certification of coaches.


To tiebreak to not to tiebreak is a question that will be discussed extensively by the World Curling Federation over the next number of months.


Over the past year, the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and the World Curling Players Association found some agreement on a number of issues of mutual interest to all three.


My first contact with the sport of curling came in the Fifties when I followed my father to the Thistle Curling Club in Edmonton where he toiled twice a week on a not-so-great curling team.


Every child has a hero and many adults do too. Webster’s Dictionary defines hero as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities”.


A lot of time and effort have been put into making the playing conditions at major curling championships nearly perfect during the past 20 years. 


The men’s world curling championship debuted in Scotland in 1959.  Only Canada and Scotland competed the first two years, but the event soon grew in size and popularity.


Games that end in a tie after regulation time have been a pain in the you-know-where for all sports.  And the situation has been dealt with in many different ways.


For years the advertising world has based a lot of its focus and predictions on the assumption that the world stops once a person turns 49.



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