Senior curlers to compete for provincial berths

Cranbrook Curling Centre will be a hive of activity this weekend as teams vie for a chance to go to provincials.

Curling action will take over the sheets at the Cranbrook Curling Centre this weekend, as Cranbrook plays host to zone qualifiers for the senior provincial tournament in Februrary.

Eight men’s teams are competing against each other for two berths, while two women’s teams are going head to head for a chance to move on to the provincial event.

While no Cranbrook teams are participating, local curlers Tom Shypitka and Gerry Kent, two past provincial champions, are a part of other teams that are in competition.

All the teams that are participating are high-calibre senior curlers, according Bill Brock, president of the Cranbrook Curling Club.

Winners of the provincial tournament, which will be hosted by Trail in February, advance to national competition in P.E.I. the following month.

World Championships follow nationals, which again is hosted in Canada by Fredricton, NB.

Draws at the Cranbrook Curling Centre, will begin this Friday at 7 p.m. followed by more draws on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Competition wraps up on Sunday, with final draws at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Admission is free.