Arrow Curling Club team scores trophy

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A curling competition held on the Pisa Range on Sunday resulted in a popular victory for the Arrow Curling Club team, of Arrowtown.
Three members of the Dennison family, Evan Dennison (skip), his brother Stuart and son Gary, together with Brent Carr, won the Curling at Altitude Trophy.
About 80 curlers from eight Otago clubs attended this year’s competition, hosted by the Cardrona Curling Club and held on a 40m x 150m sheet of ice at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.
Cardrona Curling Club secretary Roger Gardiner said it was the second time the event had been held since the inaugural competition in 2014.
‘‘Despite a very cool wind blowing, the day was an absolute success.’’
The New Zealand Curling Association was keen to see the event continue and it was possible that numbers could be boosted to 100 next year.
‘‘Curling has become a little problematic with a lack of natural ice, so there is a chance we could hold a bonspiel up there.’’
The Cardrona club was formed in 2013 and this year members had enjoyed about 12 days curling on a pond at Branches Station in the Cardrona Valley.
‘‘We have had a fantastic run, and have been very lucky. The ice is starting to thaw a little now, with increased sunlight,’’ Mr Gardiner said.