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Utica Curling Club hosts GNCC inaugural Mixed Doubles Championship

The Utica Curling Club has the honor of hosting the Grand National Curling Club's inaugural Mixed Doubles Championship January 31 through February 3.

Posted: Jan 31, 2019 10:11 PM

The GNCC is a regional association of 68 curling clubs ranging from Maine down to Florida.

This tournament consists of 25 teams from six different state, the farthest entry is from North Carolina.

There have been multiple bonspiels held at the Utica Curling Club, but this is the first mixed doubles tournament which is a little different game.

"Normally there's four players on a team, mixed doubles is actually two people," said GNCC Mixed Doubles chair Murray Jackson. "You only play 5 rocks there's 2 play stones, one as a button and one as a guard and you only throw 5 rocks. It's actually very face paced. The game is still evolving a little bit so if you wanna try different things and be apart of the development of the strategy. It's a lot of fun."

"It's the newest curling discipline," said Utica Curling Club president Roger Rowlett. "It debut in the Olympics just last year. It's a lot of fun played by a two person teams, one male, one female. You sweep your brains out and it's a lot of fun.

Competition kicked off Thursday with the first draw, it's a three game round robin then they'll go into their brackets.

The inaugural mixed doubles championship wraps up on Sunday with the semifinals and the final.

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