For the second year in a row, the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre will host the Saskatchewan Men’s and Women’s Curling Tour Events. With the success of last year’s event, there has been an increase in the number of participating teams.
“’I think you start to make a legacy of your events,” stated Shaunna Fritzler, Business Manager at the Centre.
Last year, the men’s side had a full field of 16 teams and 12 women’s team. This year, both sides are full 16 rinks and the fields are deep.
“To have 32 top teams in the province here for the entire weekend is very significant for the club, curling fans and the city,” she said. “I think it is a nice start to the year as the Capital One Curling Cup of Canada gets closer. I think it is really exciting.”
On the men’s side, there are teams from across the province and some rinks that will be in the hunt for Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points and a prize purse. The field includes Team Rob Auckland (Moose Jaw), Team Brad Bibby, Team Randy Bryden, Team Brent Gedak, Team David Haines, Team Josh Heidt, Team Jason Jacobson, Team Jamey Jordison (Moose Jaw), Team Jamie Schneider, Team Bruce Korte, Team Tyler Krupski, Team Kevin Marsh, Team Justin Michalicz, Team Robin Shillington, Team Brady Scharback and Team Garrett Vey (Moose Jaw).
“It is a really deep field and we are going to see some great curling this weekend,” she said. “Some of the teams have some local flare as well with some curlers from Moose Jaw on other teams as well. We’ve got lots of Moose Jaw content in the mix on both sides.”
On the women’s side, there is former provincial champion Team Michelle Englot, successful local curlers Team Lorraine Arguin, Team Candace Chisholm, Team Shalon Fleming, Team Debbie Folk, Team Hill, Team Sherry Just, Team Susan Long, Team Deanne Miller-Jones, Team Larissa Murray, Team Brittany Orsted, Team Tammy Schneider, Team Mandy Selzer, Team Jill Shumay, Team Ros Stewart and Team Rae-Ann Williamson.
“I think we have such a strong field in both the men and women,” said Fritzler. “We have a great mix of our own local talent that has had success over the years and we have past provincial champions.”
This will be the first major bonspiel of the season at the Curling Centre and with just over a month to go before the major event of the season is here, the rink is getting to host some great curling.
“This is the big kickoff spiel for our season and for it to be a tour event like this is fantastic,” said Fritzler. “I think this is a good prelude to the other events and they get bigger as we get into the season.”
The curlers are earning points through the CTRS, which is a major factor in getting more prize money and spots at provincials.
“Most of these teams will hit the majority of the events on the both of the men or women’s tours, respectively,” Fritzler explained. “Earning points gets them berths into the provincial playdowns. That is their ultimate goal.”
The community and curling fans are welcome to attend the high calibre action over the weekend at the Curling Centre. A weekend pass is $10 or a day pass is $5. The first draw is on Friday at 4 p.m. and the final draw is on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Those that attend the event this weekend can put their names in for a draw to win an event pass to the Capital One Curling Cup of Canada happening at the end of November.