Prince Albert is set to take its place on the road to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Tim Hortons Brier.
The Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club will be hosting the Viterra Ladies’ Northern Championship and Sasktel Mens’ Regional playdown Jan. 9 to 11. The curling club will also host the Sasktel Men’s Northern Championship Jan. 15 to 18.
“This is the first time ever that any club has done a men’s and ladies’ back-to-back weekends,” Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club chairman Bryan Rindal said.
In order to get the events, Rindal said the club had to apply to CurlSask to get in the mix to possibly host an event.
“(CurlSask) came to us and said ‘would you be interested in doing this,’” Rindal said. “We said, ‘Yeah. It sounds like a good plan.’”
The club expects to see 16 to 20 teams between the men’s and ladies’ events over the first weekend. For the Men’s Northern playdown, the field is set at 16 teams. The competitors have yet to be determined. In one of last year’s regional playdowns, Rindal said there were four clubs from Prince Albert, three from La Ronge and one from Shellbrook.
The top rinks from the Ladies’ Northern playdown advance to the Provincial Championship in Assiniboia Jan. 21 to 25 with a chance of qualifying as Team Saskatchewan for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. On the men’s side, the top rinks from their northern playdown will head to Melville Feb. 4 to…