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Docklands makes the US news for the wrong reasons

31 Jul 2009

Docklands has made headlines in the US and Canada for an event which barely raised eyebrows here.

The North American winter sports pages were abuzz with the news that 58 curling rocks were stolen from a parked refrigerated truck in Docklands.

Curling rocks?  Yes, curling rocks.

The 22kg granite rocks collectively worth $23,400 went missing some time between June 16 and July 7.  With a national tally of only 158 rocks, the local sport has been devastated by the heist.

Local participants who were training at Wonderland Park and introducing the sport to the uninitiated are reportedly considering a plea to the World Curling Federation for emergency rock supplies.

Australia is ranked 11th in world curling and recently missed out on a spot in next year’s Vancouver Winter Olympics.

It is believed the thieves would have been excited about the prospect of a refrigerated trailer containing alcohol, but would have quickly discovered the rocks were useless to them.

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