The Provincial Junior Curling Championships kick off Thursday with the round robin beginning.
12 men’s and 12 women’s rinks, including several from around Regina, make their way to the Sutherland Curling Club in Saskatoon to compete for a spot at Nationals in Prince Albert at the end of January.
Sam Wills from Lumsden is the third for the Mitchell Dales rink. He said it’ll be a great week of competition.
“There’s four or five teams on both sides, men’s and women’s that could win it, so there’s going to be lots of good play, and I’m excited.”
Sara England is playing third for Team Erickson this year, but has won the last two women’s provincial titles with different teams. She said she brings the experience of having a routine to the team.
“You can’t think of playoffs when you’re still playing your first round robin game, you got to think of it in the moment at the right time, and hopefully that’s something I can bring to the girls this year,” England said. “The preparation coming up, since it’s just in the holiday season with everyone having time off, (it’s important) for everyone to stay in a routine.”
Skip Kyla Thies is playing in her team’s first provincial Juniors. She said she hopes this will be a great experience for her team.
“We’re hoping to all play individually well, and as a team to improve on what we’ve been working on in practices, and to have fun, and overall make playoffs.”
The finals go on Monday. The women’s side of the draw will see two teams head to Nationals because Yukon was unable to field a women’s rink.