An eight-team mixed doubles curling draw took place at the Kerrobert Curling Rink over the weekend.
The 'Sask Tour' event running December 1-3 featured a trio of teams playing out of Kerrobert, including the duo of Brett Barber and Mitch Heidt. The other local teams hailing from Kerrobert were Team Redlick/Heidt, who made the semi-finals, and Team Stevens/Neumeier.
Losing 9-6 in the final game, Team Barber/Heidt would finish in second place behind the Regina rink of Team Kuzyk/Wills. Find the full scoring and standings from the recent event here.
The field didn't only feature Canadian teams, as Team Coleman/Robertson from San Francisco, California, and Team Liu/Yu from Harbin, China headlined international teams. North Battleford's Team Ingram/Tenetuik and Saskatoon's Team Smith/Neumeier rounded out the list of Canadian competitors.
Listed as one of the tournament organizers, WestCentralOnline spoke to local curler Brett Barber about the event, and why they were happy to bring it to Kerrobert. They accomplished their goal of making the teams from far away, feel right at home.
"We made it a really hometown feel, so everyone did really enjoy coming out and being part of our small community."
Barber talked more about the open field of competition.
"When you host an event, the registration goes up on curlingzone. Then anybody in the world can see the event and register for it."
With Team Barber/Heidt being travelling competitors themselves, Barber discussed the current doubles season that is coming to a close shortly.
"We head to Penticton this week for an event, and then we have an event in Banff right after Christmas, the week after New Years," laid out Barber. "Then it will be provincials in February."
Any teams wishing to qualify for provincial playdowns must register by January 14, 2024, ahead of the event in February. The winning team will represent Saskatchewan at the Mixed Doubles Nationals running March 17-22, 2024 in Fredericton, NB.
Between competition and recreational play, Barber and Heidt will be making sure each stone counts heading into provincials.