Kyeburn wins coveted cup

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Naseby’s frozen Centennial Dam was awash with brooms, tam o’shanters and curlers on Sunday, as eight teams went head to head for the prestigious Baxter Cup.

Teams had just 24 hours’ notice to find enough players. Kyeburn won the coveted trophy and Mt Ida came second.

Naseby Curling Council president and Naseby Ice Rink chairman Jock Scott said West Coast curlers also made the journey across for the game.

“They were super pleased.

“It was the first time they competed in the Baxter Cup.

“As far as we know it’s the oldest sporting trophy competed for in New Zealand.”

Mr Scott said there was once a lot of honour in belonging to a curling club, and players would have to have had a “pretty good excuse to not turn up” to a game.

“It’s a hugely social sport.”

It was not just about winning – “there’s a lot of etiquette associated with it”.

Naseby also played host to the Auckland Vipers ice hockey team on Sunday for an informal game against the local players, and last Wednesday the ice rink hosted the annual Peter Umbers Memorial Curling Competition, in which police played local curling players.

The game is in held in memory of policeman Peter Umbers, who was murdered on duty near Ranfurly in 1990.

The police won for the first time in the game’s history.

Mr Scott said the ice rink had been particularly busy this year, and during the school holidays there was one day with the largest crowd he had ever seen.