Curling is a Game that Leaves no Stone Unturned - Know More
By Angela Sanders Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 02:51 AM EST
Curling is a game that requires players to get around a target area which is preoccupied with an ice sheet. Four rings are drawn to distinguish four distinct segments within the target area wherein each of these players are needed to slide stones. A shuffle board, boule and bowls lie closer to this. The target mark is circular in shape and is termed as house; all players are needed to slide stones called “rocks” across the ice curling sheet in the direction of the house. Eight stones are needed to be pushed in total. Obtaining the highest score for each game set is the main purpose of this event; stones landing nearer to the center of this house are bound to accumulate higher scores. The event comes to an end when all participants have pushed stones at the house; there are about eight or ten ends to each game.
A sliding stone is likely to take a slow turn as a curved path is induced by the curler. A couple of sweepers holding brooms are likely to influence the path followed by these polished granite stones. These sweepers are supposed to accompany the sliding stones; they would use their brooms to change the state of ice sheet adjacent to the stone. For each specific situation, the stone’s placement and path gets chosen through a lot of teamwork and strategy. The possibility of a stone achieving its desired result is determined by the inherent game of the curlers. “Chess on ice” is the nickname given to curling as a result of this.
History of curling
The existence of curling dates back to early 16th century; proof of its existence involves a curling stone bearing the date 1511. This stone was found after draining an old pond in Dunblane, Scotland. It was in 1716 when the formal constitution of the Kilsyth Curling Club took place; the club at Colzium is known to be the oldest curling pond lying as a low dam developing a pool worth 100 x 250 meters in area.
In 1620, the verses and the preface of a Henry Adamson poem depicted the term curling in a printed version. While trudging through the pebbles, the stones would make great sound as if some water droplets are poured over the surface of the playing area. That’s one reason why this game is identified as a “roaring game” and is recognized in places within Scotland and other regions wherein the Scottish people settled like Southern New Zealand. The stone’s motion is described by the term curling, which is a verbal noun.
Shaping and notching of river stones with flat bottoms was a common thing to develop stones for playing this game since its inception. Factors like strategy, game or luck would hardly be taken into consideration during earlier times; in comparison to these factors, the then players would depend more on luck since they had little or no control over the stone. In addition, there was a huge variance in the speed of curls due to the inconsistent and varied size of stones found in the rivers.
Since the 16th century, the popularity of outdoor curling grew more in Scotland. During the Scottish winter, the icy weather conditions would support the increasing popularity of this game. The global curling governing body is headquartered in Scotland. The Scottish immigrants to Canada have firmly established this game in Canada. The year 1830 saw the creation of the very first curling club within the U.S.