The Kipling Oilmen’s open curling bonspiel is underway, as the games started Thursday night at the Kipling Curling Club.
Like so many events, this event has not run since 2019, due to COVID-19, the restrictions and not being able to put ice in the rink, so the organizers are excited to be hosting it this year. Even though the committee is new this year, they feel confident it will be a success.
Games will continue into Friday afternoon and evening, with a wing night to follow. Saturday curling games will be played throughout the day, with a steak dinner in the evening, and playoffs starting at 4 p.m.
Twelve teams will make it to the playoffs, with four teams per event in three separate events.
Fourteen teams have entered the tournament, with most of them being local, but they did get a couple of teams from Wawota and one from Estevan. In order to play in this event, an oilfield background is required. It is an open tournament of pairs, whether men or women or mixed.
According to Sheldon Warner, there are three committee members, himself, Dee Meszaros and Teena Manns.
There will be some door prizes for the curlers, and the winners will receive nicely-designed jackets.
The bonspiel has had a lot of sponsors with donations still being received.
Spectators are welcome to come and watch the games, said Warner. It is a great sport and a lot of fun.