Fifteen men’s teams begin play Friday evening, January 3rd, at the Wadena Curling Club in the Goldline SCT Championship. Bragging rights as the 2013-14 Tour Champion and getting some much needed January game time prior to the Tankard, provide key reasons to enter.
Most importantly, the Tour Champion will capture a direct entry berth to the SaskTel Tankard Men’s Provincial Championship. The sixteen team Tankard permits six direct entries while the other ten spots are declared through the regular playdown route to be played later this month.
Five teams have already mathematically pre-qualified for the Tankard with their WCT and SCT tour points and four of them are competing in Wadena. These teams are Brock Virtue, Scott Bitz, Kevin Marsh and Darrell McKee. Steve Laycock is the other pre-qualifier but his team is not in this event.
That leaves eleven teams in Wadena vying for that direct Tankard berth including Bruce Korte, Jeff Hartung and Josh Heidt. If one of these eleven teams wins this event they are the automatic entry to the Tankard. Should Virtue, Bitz, Marsh or McKee win, then the formula at the end of the article will determine the six direct entries. A couple of teams in Saskatchewan are watching closely as they are not competing but are on the bubble to qualify based on the outcome in Wadena.
Games begin Friday evening at 6:00 PM with a second draw Friday at 9:00 PM. Line scores will be on the CURLSASK website. The Goldline SCT Championship concludes Sunday afternoon with the Final slated for 4:00PM.
For those teams not earning a direct entry, region playdowns will begin January 10th with winners advancing to the Northerns in Meadow Lake and the Southerns in Regina at the Highland starting January 16th, 2014. The sixteen team SaskTel Tankard will be held in Shaunavon starting January 29th and running through to February 2nd, 2014.
The order of determining the Tour Berths will be as follows:
Players Championship Winner
CTRS First Berth
CTRS Second Berth
SCT First Berth
SCT Second Berth
Wild Card Berth
Berths must be accepted in this order. Once a team has been awarded a berth, they will be removed from consideration from the subsequently determined berths (ie. the Players Championship Winner, having already secured a berth, will not be considered in awarding any of the others. Likewise, the 2 CTRS berth winners will not be considered for the SCT Berths or the Wild Card).