Moose Jaw hosts provincial Men’s and Women’s Curling Tour
Michelle Englot will walk into the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre looking for her third win in the past month.
The city is the host for The Heritage Inn Tour Spiel, the Saskatchewan Men’s and Women’s Curling Tour Event this weekend featuring many of the top curlers in the province.
“This is one of the stops on the provincial tour,” said Shaunna Fritzler, business manager for the curling centre. “It is such a fantastic event. We get teams on both the men’s and women’s side that are former provincial champions. It is filled with provincial calibre curlers.”
Englot won the first tour stop in Saskatoon in mid-September and then won again over Chantelle Eberle in Regina over the Thanksgiving weekend. Scott Bitz won the men’s event in Regina.
“Once the Tour is first organized, they look for host clubs. With us being a new facility and (having) eight sheets, we can host both the men and women’s tour in one event,” stated Fritzler. “It seems to add to the event when you can have both the men and women face of in the spiel.”
There are 16 teams on the women’s side that will be competing and 15 on the men’s side, including many that have Moose Jaw connections.
Lorraine Arguin and Tina Hill will have local teams competing, as well as members of the Deanne Miller-Jones team and the Sherrilee Orsted rink.
On the men’s side, there are several teams with local connections, including the Travis Gansauge team, the Tyler Krupski rink, the Murray Stroeder team and the Wade Sydorko rink.
“There is a good local flavour,” said Fritzler. “It is huge to be able to one of the hosting cities for these events. It gives the local community an opportunity to come and see the calibre of curling that we have throughout the province.”
There is a lot on the line for the teams competing in this event, beginning Friday at 4 p.m. with an all women’s draw. The teams will be competing for Canadian Team Ranking System points and a total prize purse of $15,500. The top women’s rink will win $8,000 and the men’s team will win $7,500.
“Aside from the prize purse itself and walking away with some big money in the end of the weekend, they get some very valuable points which can help earn their way to that provincial final and avoid the other levels of play downs,” explained Fritzler.
There will be a draw at 7 p.m. on Friday as well with half men and half women and another draw at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, the sheets will be running from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the playoffs will begin with the quarter-finals at 10 a.m., semifinals at 1 p.m. and the final for both sides at 4 p.m.
A weekend pass is $10 and a day pass is $5. The Great Western Lounge and Restaurant will be open throughout the weekend as well. A complete list of game times and results are available online www.curlsask.ca
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