Dunedin prevails in ‘great day’ on the ice

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Icy conditions contributed to a successful day for one of the biggest curling tournaments on Rob’s Pond, near Lake Tekapo.
Dunedin, Windwhistle and Mackenzie curling club members went head to head in the event on August 10, in a bid to claim the top spot. The coveted trophy went to Dunedin after it won four matches. Mackenzie finished the tournament with two wins, while Windwhistle returned home with one win.
Mackenzie curler George Empson said conditions were perfect for the tournament, thanks to freezing weather in recent weeks. Temperatures dropped to as low as -9degC before the event, perfect for keeping the ice thick.
‘‘You could drive a dozer on it at the moment,’’ Mr Empson said, just days after the tournament.
‘‘It’s really hard and thick. It
into the pluses at all down there.’’
Instead, the temperature hovered between -1degC and about -3degC, he said.
‘‘It’s quite amazing. It’s incredibly cold.’’
Mr Empson said the tournament was a popular event for curlers and this year was no exception.
‘‘It was a great day.
‘‘It was great company and lovely to see all the guys together again.’’