A busy curling season is only a few days away as the Estevan Curling Club prepares to welcome back curlers for the 2022-2023 season.

Manager Pauline Ziehl-Grimsrud said crews began working on installing the ice surface at the end of September and were finished by Oct. 7. Now some fine-tuning is taking place in the lead up to league play opening next week.

Here are the leagues being offered by the club this year:

  • Monday and Wednesday afternoon league from 1-3 p.m. (drop-in)
  • Tuesday competitive league and youth league
  • Wednesday night recreational league
  • Thursday night open league
  • Sunday co-op kids curling

All league play begins the week of Oct. 24.

"Our youth programs have filled up really well, we're really happy with that, and we really focused on our youth here the last few weeks," said club manager Pauline Ziehl-Grimsrud. "And we're just starting to work on getting our evening teams in. And so everybody can just phone the rink and register your team, or if you're an individual or a couple that are looking to curl, I'll take you name down and try to help get you on a team."

"It was so nice out, so people weren't thinking curling, but as the weather's changed in the last couple days, the phone's been ringing more."

She added the club will be holding free drop-in nights through out the winter on Fridays, including Nov. 18 and Dec. 9. The adult Learn-to-Curl program will likely return in January, Ziehl-Grimsrud said.

She added that the upcoming season is jam-packed with both recreational and competitive events. The Masters Provincials, which were postponed last March, begin this Thursday with eight teams competing. The club will also host the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games playdowns. The boys and girls winners will compete at the games in February. 

And the big ticket item is the Viterra Scotties and SaskTel Tankard, the men's and women's Saskatchewan provincials that are slated for Affinity Place from Jan. 25-Feb. 5.

"It's going to be really busy, but it's excellent and we're really happy to be up and running full out this year," Ziehl-Grimsrud said. "And our lounge, we're doing a little revamping up there with some other options for people to do up there, so we're happy with that. We're booking Christmas parties...it's all good."

She added the club will once again be hosting a funspiel in March, which will be one of the final events of the year, along with the Oilmen's Bonspiel and youth bonspiel.

If you're interested in curling this year, you can call the club at 306-634-3391 or email estevancurling@myaccess.ca