Hurry hard, cold weather

A mammoth Scottish bonspiel could be just a few cold nights away

It should be curling’s equivalent to the NHL’s Winter Classic. But alas, the Grand Match, a mammoth bonspiel played on a frozen loch in Scotland, keeps getting done in by the weather. Warm winters have provided only three opportunities to freeze fingers and toes since the Second World War. The last one, held in 1979, attracted 2,000 curlers and around 10,000 spectators. Now a prolonged deep freeze has Scotsmen and women anxiously checking the forecasts in hope that the match will soon be announced. Officials only need another inch of ice on their preferred venue, the Lake of Menteith, before it is ready for grooming.

The Times

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