North & South Challenges Complete the Field
Tisdale and Swift Current Curling Clubs hosted 18 and 14 teams respectively to each declare 3 teams that would move on to the 2016 SaskTel Tankard in Kindersley from February 3-7, 2016.
Leading the way out of Tisdale with a sweep of the A event was the Brad Heidt team from Kerrobert. Curling with sons Drew and Mitch along with Regis Neumeier, the team cruised through with 4 straight wins. They defeated the eventual C qualifier Will Coutts 9-5 in the A Final.
Coutts dropped to the B Event where the team then made their way to the B qualifier but could not get past Saskatoon Sutherland’s Darren Camm in the B Final. Playing with Dean Grindheim, Mark Steckler and Anthony Sepke, the Camm crew defeated Coutts 9-5 to earn their way to Kindersley.
In the last chance C Event, the Regina Highland skip, along with brother Stuart at third, Dean Clark and Todd Bakken faced Yorkton’s Terry Martenuik where they prevailed with a 7-5 victory.
In Swift Current, at the Southern located SaskTel Challenge event, it was Regina’s Scott Bitz team that quickly wrapped up their berth with three straight wins. All their games were tightly contested as two of the teams they faced went on to claim the other two events. An A semi-final win against Fox Valley’s Ryan Deis and then a 6-5 victory over the Brent Gedak Estevan team in the A Final confirmed their entry into Kindersley. Scott’s team includes Jeff Sharp, Aryn Schmidt and Derek Ryan.
Gedak, along with Clint Dieno, Derek Owens and Shawn Meyer rebounded in the B Event with wins over Unity’s Lloyd Fell and Ryan Deis. Getting their most for the money and playing seven games, the Deis squad consisting of Scott Manners, Jason McPhee and Kalin Deis, came away with a 6-4 victory in the C Final against Max Kirkpatrick’s home town Swift Current team.
These six teams will now join the ten teams that had pre-qualified through the WCT and SCT bonspiel circuits. The sixteen team field will play in a triple knockout, Page Playoff format to determine who will represent Saskatchewan at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Ottawa in March.