Some stones and an ice rink – that is all you need for ‘Eisstockschießen’. Once begun by throwing stones in wild disarray in the open air, it is today a very popular sport in Austria and its international variety, curling, has become an Olympic Discipline.
At ‘Eisstockschießen’ two teams play against each other. Once the rink has been marked on the ice, the ‘Daube’, the button, is set. Now the aim is to get one’s stone as near as possible to the button. That is very difficult to achieve and needs a lot of feeling and practice. You may sometimes feel annoyed if, shortly before the close of a ‘Kehre’, as the ends are called at ‘Eisstockschießen’, one of your opponents succeeds in removing your stone with his own and in placing the latter next to the button – victory will then be his.