Bungay students go head-to-head with teachers for kurling cup glory

The finalists, Spice Kurls and The Best Team Ever 2, at the annual Christmas kurling competition. PH

The finalists, Spice Kurls and The Best Team Ever 2, at the annual Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Teachers and students have been battling for glory at the annual Bungay Christmas kurling cup final.

Bungay Sixth Form students and teachers take part in a special Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO:

Bungay Sixth Form students and teachers take part in a special Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The sixth form has been hosting the indoor kurling tournament for the last few weeks, with 16 teams taking part in the group stages before being whittled down to the final eight, semi final and then the final.

The tournament was inspired by the success of Team GB at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

Bungay Sixth Form students and teachers take part in a special Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO:

Bungay Sixth Form students and teachers take part in a special Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Chris Webster, head of geography at the sixth form, said: 'What is good about it is you don't have to be good at sport to be good at kurling.

'We've had teams of sports lads who have been beaten by a team of academic girls.

Bungay Sixth Form students and teachers take part in a special Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO:

Bungay Sixth Form students and teachers take part in a special Christmas kurling competition. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'There is some strategy behind it as well as the power, and it's definitely not as easy as it looks.

'It's a really good wet weather activity for this time of year and all the students can get involved.

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'A lot of them have got so into it that they have been coming in before and after school to practice.'

Around 80 students took part in the tournament, along with members of staff, with the final held in the sports hall at lunchtime yesterday.

Competing in the final was student team The Best Team Ever 2 going head to head with Spice Kurls, made up of teachers.

And it was the teachers who were victorious, winning for the second year in a row.

Nathan Brunsdon, head of sport at the sixth form and part of the winning team, said: 'We got booed by the students quite a lot.

'But it's a lot of luck, which is why it's such a mixed ability sport.'

A special trophy designed for the competition was presented at the end, and the tournament is already scheduled to return next Christmas.

What is kurling?

Kurling is a sport that requires players to deliver stones from one end of the court to a target at the other end.

The target has red, white and blue circles and scoring is determined by the number of stones closest to the centre of the target.

Each game normally consists of six or eight ends and is played on a court based on half the width of a standard size badminton court, with each end being played in the opposite direction to the previous end.

The winner is the player with the highest number of scoring stones at the end of the game.

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