Right now, the ice is going in at the Cochrane Curling Centre, and soon the words 'Hurray hard!' will be echoing across its six pristine sheets.
The Cochrane Curling Club is ready to let the rocks fly for the season ahead and offers plenty of daytime and evening leagues for recreational and competitive play.
Whether you are an experienced curler, new to the sport, or just wondering what curling is all about, club secretary Barb Gibson says the club offers something for everyone.
The first league takes to the ice on Sept. 30.
"People are really excited about coming back and getting on the ice again," says Gibson. "The ice is going in as we speak, so we're hoping to have some ice ready for people to practice and throw some rocks before the season starts."
Gibson says there is room for a few more teams in the Monday ladies, Tuesday men's, Wednesday mixed, and Friday open.
More players are also welcomed for the daytime senior leagues. There's a seniors' open league on Tuesday and Thursday, men's league on Wednesday and Friday, old-timers league on Monday and Wednesday, and sturling on Friday.
You don't have to register as a complete team. She says they've been able to find teams for those who have inquired, but the leagues are starting to fill up.
The junior program runs on Sunday afternoon for youth seven and over.
It's the juniors who will be the first to enjoy a bonspiel on Nov. 5 to 9. That's followed by the extremely popular Super Seniors Spiel from Nov. 16 to 20. Men's, women's, and mixed bonspiel will be held in the New Year.
Gibson says they offer help to those new to the sport.
"If they do want to learn to curl, then just get in touch with us, and I'll make sure they get put in front of the right people so that you're ready to go once those learn-to-curl leagues start."
"We're here to accommodate absolutely anybody who has an interest in curling. We'd love to be able to talk to you and hopefully, we'll be able to fulfill everybody's desires when they call us."
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