Wednesday, 3 March 2010
The Jobs. The Venue.
I always had to keep my eye on the lime-green jacketed officials. They wore the radios and gave the hand signals if there was anything to disrupt a game. Of course, there weren't very many unusual interruptions. Once I had a technical time out on my sheet so Andrea Schöp could verify if a stone was a biter or a free guard. Once, in a men's draw of course, a stone bounced off the side barrier and was heading back into the house. It got blocked with a broom and literally bounced, so the ice crew had to fix a huge hole in the 12-foot. When the fifth players subbed into the games, that team's clock kept running, so it didn't affect me. Mostly, for me, it was just redClock yellowClock redClock yellowClock and TickTock TickTock TickTock about 160 times per game. I had four games where teams had zero time left on the clock when all of the stones had come to rest. In one game both teams had zero... that was the GRB SWE tiebreaker.
I'm glad I have some photographs because the venue really was strikingly beautiful.
We worked hard to make the games feel seemless for the atheletes. I timed 15 games; men's, women's, and got to see most of the teams. The supervising officials were never allowed to officiate a game that involved players from their own country, so there were no Canadian officials for the finals. Let's hope the same scenario unfolds at Speedy Creek. OOps.... I'm supposed to be impartial.
I have lots more pictures and stories. Remember, I think you can get a close-up of the pictures I have posted as "small" if you click on the image. The teams in the top photo are Bernard and Muirhead. The jumboTron shows the scores from Draw 11. The monitor shots were taken during practice sessions. I'd never have DARED to take the shots during a game! (Too busy!) I'll try to post every few days, and before I know it I'll be heading down the highway to the big city again. Population 17,000. Now THAT, I can handle.
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