Odds & Ends Curling is the St. John’s Queer-friendly curling association and league. Founded in 2016, the association organizes an annual bonspiel as well as non-competitive curling events for those who identify as queer, questioning, family, and allies. Last season we had 50 members who met regularly to curl and socialize. Odds and Ends aims to offer a safe, active and fun social environment and acts as a queer presence within the City’s and Province’s larger sports community.
We meet Friday evenings starting at 8pm. We host a warm-up at 8:10 pm and curling games run from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Most weeks, participants stick around to socialize … typically each team that wins will buy a drink for the team they played against that night.
We organize both a Fall season and Winter season, with 10 weeks of curling each season. The Fall 2019 season is expected to start Friday, October 18th and end December 20th. The Winter season runs early January until April. Curling lessons are organized at various times throughout the seasons.
See the schedule for the 2019-2020 season here.
The ReMax Centre Curling Club is located at 135 Mayor Avenue in St. John’s. Click here for map.
Membership costs $100 and guarantees that you will have a spot to curl every Friday night of a 10-week season. The fee for a non-member to curl as a spare is $15 per game, if a spot should happen to be available.
Click here to learn more about registration.
Who will I curl with? How are games organized?
You get to play with some really awesome queer/queer-friendly folks! You will play on a team of 3 or 4 players each week. In our first few years we mixed up the teams from week to week. This year we will be forming teams that will be fixed for 5 weeks at a time. Note that you do not need to identify a team in advance… we will assign you to one. However, if you wish, you can register with a friend to ensure that you can play together each week.
What equipment do I need?
Please bring clean indoor sneakers and comfortable warm clothing you can move in easily (you may find jeans and tight pants uncomfortable). We have sliders for your shoes and the club has brooms to borrow. If you’re an experienced curler, you’re welcome to bring your own equipment.
What if I don’t know how to curl?
Not to worry! We will provide foundational instruction to newcomers. You will learn the basics of throwing rocks, sweeping, game play and more. This is a recreational league so fun comes first and style comes later! It won’t take long to get the swing of it. Training clinics and learning opportunities will be organized throughout the year.