Steve Williams Nederland
The Nederland Curling Club completed its 6th season with the championship match of the traditional annual “Bonspiel” or Curling Tournament, on Saturday night March 1st at the Nederland Ice Rink, also affectionately known as “Loch Murphy”. The match was well attended with over 20 spectators all cheering on the teams and clanging cowbells, amidst the cries of Haaarrrd from team skips instructing the sweepers along with the clack of stones. The Bonspiel seeding was based on the final 2014 Curling League standings of six teams and round robin play decided the final team matchups.
It was fitting that the final match was held between the top two season standings leaders, the Williams Team (3-1) and the Hermann Team (4-2). Near perfect weather conditions greeted the teams and spectators before snow returned by the end of the match. This was also fitting given that this year was the snowiest Nederland Curling season ever!
The Hermann Team took an early lead in the game and continued to make great shots and add points through subsequent ends. The Williams Team was not able to regain control and ever get back into the game, losing with a final score of 10-1. The victory gave the Hermann Team their first ever Nederland Cup, the first place trophy of the Bonspiel.
The Williams Team took the 2nd place Bancroft Cup trophy. On February 27th, the Lance Jones Team won the Caribou Cup, Bonspiel third Place trophy, by a score of 10-2.
The Nederland Curling Club was born on August 17, 2008 at the Soiled Dove Bar in Denver, Colorado, with Al & Terri Leiser and Mike Hermann talking about the upcoming winter Olympics and their joint interest in Curling. Mike said that there was an ice rink in Nederland that perhaps could be used for curling.
The Nederland Ice Rink is now affectionately known to curlers as “Loch Murphy”, named after Tim Murphy, who was on the Ned RINK board of directors, and was instrumental in getting the Curling Club up and running from the ice rink side of things.
Curling equipment such as brooms, hacks, sliders, etc. were easy to find, but curling stones, which are very expensive and scarce, were another story. An international search for available curling stones began, and Pam Finch, who was the President of the Denver Curling Club and a great curling resource, was able to provide a set of used stones locally and lease them for only $300!
This was the turning point for the newly formed Nederland Curling Club. Al and Mike then picked up the stones on an excursion to Denver during a big snowstorm, and the inaugural Nederland Curling season was unofficially launched in January 2009.
The 2014 season Bonspiel winning team names will be inscribed on the respective Cups and all three will be on display at the Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery in Nederland. The Nederland Curling Club plans to hold their 7th Curling season next winter and any interested parties should contact the Curling Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/pages/Nederland-Curling-Club /291663867217 or Ned Rink http://nedrink.com. for information on the League play and drop-in learn-to-curl sessions.