What a great format is mixed doubles. I shall be paying much closer attention now than I have in the past. It is a version of curling that throws up so many different tactical situations. It has the benefit of being shorter than a full game and will therefore (potentially) be more spectator-friendly and finally - it's just great fun.
On Sunday last C&B dipped its collective toe into the pool and, coached by Dave Munro and Morna Aitken, we had a go! First of all, you have to marvel at the shot-playing ability of the top players! That first stone has to be well-placed; it is somewhat easier now perhaps than hitherto - the house is set up with the hammer-thrower's stone being at the back of the four-foot and not the one-foot, but still, the lead needs pinpoint accuracy.
The power play throws up a different challenge as well. I think that's the beauty of the format; so may different plays can be made - so many different things can happen.
Those of us who took part were all as one - we would like the club to organise more of this. Whether it is another coaching session or maybe even a competition over a couple of different days in the season if we can get ice.
Thanks are due to Dave and Morna for their input. Great C&B day!