Robin Shillington was the Prince Albert team to get the farthest at the Menâ€™s Northern curling playdowns in Kindersley on the weekend, but in the end no local teams will be competing at the SaskTel Tankard in Melfort at the end of the month.
Shillington, and his team of third Phil Ackerman, second Arnold Crawford and lead Michael Dyck, lost 7-2 to Randy Woytowich of Saskatoon in a C-event semifinal to end the Prince Albert run at qualifying for the provincial menâ€™s championship.
Shillington opened the 16-team event with a 7-5 setback to Brad Heidt of Unity, but bounced back with an 11-7 victory over Darren Camm of Saskatoon. A 9-3 loss to Jason Jacobson of Saskatoon put Shillington into the C-event where he got past Ted Phenix of Tisdale before being eliminated by Woytowich.
Other Prince Albert rinks at the Northerns were Doug Phelps, Ian Mayoh and Peter Rieben.
Phelps, who had Lorne Sass, Clint Rissling and Mark Pelechaty on his team, lost three straight games as did Rieben, who was backed by Justin Hurl, Justin Dinney and Brad Teichreb.
Phelps lost 7-4 to Jacobson, 11-2 to defending provincial champion Scott Manners from North Battleford and 10-7 to Camm while Rieben suffered setbacks to Josh Heidt of Kerrobert (8-3), Woytowich (7-4) and Phenix (8-2).
Mayoh, who was joined by Neil Vaughan, Caleb Fisher and Dale Bruce , had a bit of a run early in the event reaching the B-event semifinals before suffering two more losses to send him to the sidelines. Mayoh lost his opening match 9-2 to Mark Lake of Martensville, but outscored Phenix 7-5 and Terry Marteniuk of Yorkton 4-3 before losses to Jacobson (6-5) and Lane (7-6) ended the run.
Former Prince Albert resident Kevin Marsh, now of Saskatoon, was the only team to go undefeated in the event as he capped the perfect weekend with a 7-6 victory over Brad Heidt in the A-event qualifier.
Heidt, a former provincial champion, claimed one of the two B-event qualifying berths and his son Josh nailed down the second B-event spot. Woytowich and Michael Carss from Saskatoon captured the final two northern berths for the Tankard when they came out on top in the C-event finals.