Teachers take kurling cup glory as teams battle it out at Bungay championships
Article appeared in the Beccles and Bungay Journal. PUBLISHED: 16:39 15 December 2017. reproduced with kind permission.
Bungay Sixth Form teachers Richard Stubbs, Chris Webster and Sophie Myers, winners of the kurling cup competition. Picture: Nick Butcher.
A traditional Christmas competition has ended in tears for students at Bungay Sixth Form after an all-teacher team were crowned kurling champions.
The annual Bungay Kurling Cup final saw student team Kurls Aloud go head-to-head with geography teachers The Geo Kurlers after being whittled down from 16 teams during three weeks of heats.
The competition was originally inspired by the success of the Great Britain curling team at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, and has been held at the sixth form in December ever since.
The teams, made up of students Henry Barnes, Leo Lavender and Adam Chenery, and teachers Sophie Myers, Richard Stubbs and Chris Webster, each took turns sliding red and blue stones down the school hall onto a target on the floor, with seven ends played in total.
And with the score finishing 5-3 to The Geo Kurlers, it signalled a teacher victory for the third year running.
Miss Myers said: “We’ve taken part as a geography team every year and we have never got past the quarter finals so we are really shocked to have made it this far.
“We didn’t do any practice until after the semi final when we started to think we might actually have a chance at this.
“We have all loved playing, it’s been really good fun and all of the students have been wishing us luck.”
After lifting the kurling trophy, specially designed for the competition, Mr Stubbs said: “We are feeling a bit smug after winning.”
The final, held earlier today, tied in with Christmas Jumper Day - a national fundraiser in aid of charity Save the Children - with students donating money to wear their festive jumpers for the day.
Nathan Brunsdon, assistant head of sixth form, said it had been another great championships.
He said: “It’s been very competitive between students and staff and lots of them have been practicing before and after school.
“It’s really good because it’s a sport that anyone can play so everyone is able to get involved.”
Kurling is an evolution of the original curling game, adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, like a sports hall instead of on ice.