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Hants County rugby players defeat winter humdrum by hosting curling bonspiel


WINDSOR – Rugby players are known for their grit and determination on the pitch, their hard hits and fearlessness. But, did you know they're also pretty good with a broom?

Rick Kitchin, the organizer of the fourth annual Machine Spiel at the Windsor Curling Club, said the Hants County Windsor Rugby Club created the social curling function as a way to bring together rugby players from across the province for a friendly competition during the dead of winter.

“This is the first club to have something non-rugby, and the clubs are starting to come to it now... it's just a lot of fun,” said Kitchin, who noted other clubs often hold a sevens tournament or a fifteens tournament to break up the monotony of winter.

“The first year, we had eight teams, the second year we had 12, last year we had 16, this year we have 20,” said Kitchin. “We're going to cap it at 20 because it's getting big and, as you can see, curling is kind of secondary.”

The rugby players, some of whom have never curled before, were in good spirits throughout the Feb. 28 event. Most arrived dressed up in costumes, with some creating memorable outfits for the social function.

Although it was a just for fun tournament, there were winners. The Mama and The Papas, of Windsor, defeated the Take Out Tars of Halifax to win the spiel. The Sheet Stains of Eastern Shore defeated Jamaican Me Crazy, of Dartmouth, to claim the B Division title, while House Party, of Acadia, defeated the Pig Dog Parents, of Dartmouth, to win the C Division.

Rick Kitchin, the organizer of the fourth annual Machine Spiel at the Windsor Curling Club, said the Hants County Windsor Rugby Club created the social curling function as a way to bring together rugby players from across the province for a friendly competition during the dead of winter.

“This is the first club to have something non-rugby, and the clubs are starting to come to it now... it's just a lot of fun,” said Kitchin, who noted other clubs often hold a sevens tournament or a fifteens tournament to break up the monotony of winter.

“The first year, we had eight teams, the second year we had 12, last year we had 16, this year we have 20,” said Kitchin. “We're going to cap it at 20 because it's getting big and, as you can see, curling is kind of secondary.”

The rugby players, some of whom have never curled before, were in good spirits throughout the Feb. 28 event. Most arrived dressed up in costumes, with some creating memorable outfits for the social function.

Although it was a just for fun tournament, there were winners. The Mama and The Papas, of Windsor, defeated the Take Out Tars of Halifax to win the spiel. The Sheet Stains of Eastern Shore defeated Jamaican Me Crazy, of Dartmouth, to claim the B Division title, while House Party, of Acadia, defeated the Pig Dog Parents, of Dartmouth, to win the C Division.

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