CURLSASK and the Swift Current Curling Club are hosting the second ever Mixed Doubles Provincial Championship this weekend, February 14 to 16, 2014.
Mixed Doubles Curling… what is that you ask?
Instead of the normal four player team, Mixed Doubles is two players – one woman and one man for each team. The idea developed from the Mixed Doubles event at the Continental Cup of Curling. The World Curling Federation held their first World Mixed Doubles in 2008 and is working towards promoting the game as a discipline in future Olympic Games. The Mixed Doubles game format is played over eight ends. Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is pre-positioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.
The Mixed Doubles Provincial is open entry and there will be 6 teams competing for the right to be Saskatchewan Champions.
Saskatoon Nutana Brent Flaman, Brie Spilchen
North Battleford Twin Rivers Cole Tenetuik, Alison Ingram
Outlook Kirk Pederson, Trenna Derdall
Weyburn Ryan Skjerdal, Ashley Skjerdal
Regina Highland Sherry Just, Jared Schlechte
Kyle Krista Ellingson, Terry Fink
The winning team will have the opportunity to play in the 2014 Canadian Mixed Double Curling Trials being held in Ottawa, Ontario March 19-23. The Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials is a thirty-two (32) team event made up of teams who pre-qualified through an application process to the Canadian Curling Association and of Provincial/Territorial Teams. There are three Saskatchewan Teams already confirmed to play in Ottawa: Nancy Martin/Dustin Kalthoff (2013 Provincial Mixed Doubles Runner-ups and National Bronze Medalists), Mike Armstrong/Ashley Quick (2013 Provincial Mixed Doubles Champions), Jason Ackerman/Colleen Ackerman (2012 Mixed Team Canadian Champions). Also of note, Saskatchewan’s Josh Heidt will be teaming up with Manitoba’s Jenna Loder and have pre-qualified for the National Trials as well.
The Canadian Championship team will advance to the World Mixed Doubles in Dumfries, Scotland in April 23-30, 2014.
The Provincial Mixed Doubles games begin Friday at 12:30pm and will conclude Sunday afternoon. You can follow the results of the Mixed Doubles Provincials through our CURLSASK results – click here.