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Janesville hosts national curling event

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Catherine W. Idzerda
February 6, 2009
— This weekend some of the best curlers in their class will be in Janesville.

From Thursday to Saturday, Blackhawk Curling Club is hosting the United States Curling Association's Senior Women's Championships. Games also will be held on Sunday if tiebreakers are needed.


"This is the first national championship we've held here," said Dave Somppi, president of the Blackhawk Curling Club. "The winner goes to the world championships in New Zealand."


The competition started Thursday night, with teams from Washington, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Connecticut taking the ice.


Today and Saturday, the matches will be held at 1 and 7 p.m.


Curling involves throwing granite stones down a sheet of ice toward a target. Two sweepers move down the ice with the stone, and sweep—or don't sweep—to help get the stone to the right spot on the target.


The sport is sometimes called "chess on ice" because of strategy involved.


In order to compete in senior nationals, players must be 50 years old or older.


The curling club is located in the Blackhawk building on the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds. In the summer, the building is used during the fair for art exhibits. In the fall, club members put down ice on top of the concrete floor, and the clubhouse connected to the building is reopened.


The public is welcome to attend the championships and can watch the game through large glass windows in the heated clubhouse.


Admission is free.


If you go


What: United States Curling Association Senior Women's Nationals.


Where: Blackhawk Curling Club, Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds. Use Craig Avenue entrance to get on the fairgrounds.


When: Teams will play at 1 and 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Games will be played on Sunday, but only if tiebreakers are needed.


Cost: Free.


For more information: Call the curling club at (608) 754-9714 or go to www.blackhawkcurling.com.

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