It will be a full weekend of action at the Nelson Curling Club.

It will be a full weekend of action at the Nelson Curling Club.

Curling’s best club teams square off in Nelson

Nelson Curling Club will be hosting the 2013 BC Club Challenge Zone 1-2 Playdowns this weekend.

Nelson Curling Club will be hosting the 2013 BC Club Challenge Zone 1-2 Playdowns this weekend. There are five ladies teams and six mens teams from around the East and West Kootenay are participating in the two event.

The draw has been set for the double knockout competition.

The ladies teams participating are Castlegar, Fruitvale (2012 Kootenay Rep), Invermere, Nelson and Sparwood. The men’s side includes Castlegar, Creston, Invermere, Kimberly, Nelson (2012 Kootenay Rep) and Trail.

First draw begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and semi finals Sunday at noon and the finals (if necessary) will commence Sunday at 3 p.m.

Winners advance to the provincial and international playdowns in Richmond and then on to the Dominion Curling Club Championship.

The BC Club Challenge is dedicated to the grassroots of curling — club curlers. While the curling associations and the cash spiel circuits are providing competitive curlers with lots of opportunities for playdowns and championships, the curlers that support club leagues on a regular basis from September to April didn’t previously have a major venue to compare their skills against other curling clubs. Now they do.

The club curlers who qualify in the six regions’ club challenges go on to participate in and play against club curlers from an ever expanding variety of US states and foreign countries the annually held Pacific International Cup.

In August 2008, The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company first announced it was taking Canadian curling to another level with the launch of a national event set to benefit Canadian club curlers and charities.

Through this partnership and sponsorship agreement with The Dominion, the BC men’s and women’s curling club champions that win their regional club challenge events and finish on top at the Pacific International Cup, will become British Columbia’s Dominion Curling Club Champions and will represent BC at the Dominion Curling Club Championship.

The Nelson Curling Club extends an open invitation for all to come down and enjoy some first-rate curling by the top local club teams of the region.