CHARLOTTETOWN – Walter Callaghan and John Vincent from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton are looking to win back-to-back titles in the 2014 Ferguson Funeral Homes/Curl P.E.I. provincial stick curling championships.
Play begins at the Charlottetown Curling Complex on Tuesday, and concludes on Thursday.
Callaghan and Vincent are the defending Open Division champions while Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke from the Cornwall Curling Club are four-time defending P.E.I. women’s champs and two-time Maritime champions.
The top four Open Division teams and top two women’s rinks from this year’s event will earn the right to compete in the Maritime stick curling championships in Oromocto, N.B., from March 18 to 20.
In stick curling there are two curlers per team. Curlers deliver their rocks with delivery sticks, with each team member delivering from opposite ends. Sweeping is allowed only from the hog line to the back of the house at the playing end.
Two curlers, one from each team, alternately deliver six stones each per end while their teammate skips that end. The roles are then reversed, and the partners deliver the stones back.
No stone may be removed from play until the fourth stone of each end. Games are six ends and take about an hour to play.
For more information on stick curling, including complete rules of play, visit www.stickcurling.ca.