Old rivalries will renew this weekend as five teams battle it out at the Nelson Curling Centre for one berth in the Men’s Provincial Curling Playdowns.
Two Trail teams are entered, however, with familiar names like Deane Horning, Don Freschi and Elkford’s, Ken McHargue noticably absent, the door is open for a new team to walk through to the BCs.
Rob Ferguson will skip one Trail rink with third Brian LeMoel, second Joey Ferguson, and lead Marcus Partridge rounding out the foursome, while former Horning second Rob Norbert will skip the team comprised of third James McKenzie, second Hugh Bennett, and lead Kevin Nesbitt.
Kimberley curler Tom Buchy’s foursome advanced to the provincial last year and will look to do the same with Dave Stephenson as third, Dave Toffolo second, and Darren Will as third.
Castlegar curler Myron Nichol will also be in the mix with Bill VanYzerloo, Garry Beaudry, and Barry Marsh on board, while skip Josh Firman’s Creston rink rounds out the field. Firman’s rink is back with Jim MacAulay as third, Doug Bothamley second and Vern Ronmark lead.
The opening draw goes at 5 p.m. with Nichol taking on Ferguson on sheet 1 and Norbert facing Firman on sheet 4 at the Nelson Curling Centre.
The games go all weekend long with the finals on Sunday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to come down to the Nelson Curling Centre and watch some top notch curling.