Curling-TankardA spot in the Brier is on the line for the 16 teams at the SaskTel Tankard in Shaunavon, starting on Wednesday afternoon.  

There will be three rinks with local connections taking part with hopes of representing Saskatchewan in Kamloops at the start of March for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.

Brock Montgomery will be headed to Shaunavon as part of the Josh Heidt rink out of Kerrobert.

“It’s always exciting going to the Tankard,” said the third for the Heidt rink.  “It’s what we work for all year playing on tour.  At this time of year you want to be playing your best and as of now I think we are, so we’re ready to compete.”

The Heidt rink qualified for the Tankard by claiming one of the C event spots out of the Southern playdowns a few weeks ago.  They knocked off Jamie Schneider, 7-6, to claim the final spot after falling in the B event final 10-5 to Max Kirkpatrick.

“We started off a little slow, but towards the end of the week, everything was rolling pretty good,” said Montgomery.  “We played Team Jamie Schneider in the C final and they’re a really good team, so it was good to come out with a win against them.  We know we’re playing at the level we need to be to have a chance of winning this week.”

The Tankard is a short event with the championship final going on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.  Staying focused throughout the tournament will be the key, according to Montgomery.

“It’s short in time, but it can be long as well,” he said.  “Sometimes you’re off in-between draws, or you lose a bad game, and you’ve got to wait a while before you play again.  The biggest part of it is just the mental, staying focused and keeping yourself ready to play.”

Montgomery and the Heidt rink will face-off against Langenburg’s Jeff Hartung in the opening draw at 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoon.  

The other local rinks will be in action for the night draw at 7:00pm with Joel Jordison’s rink taking on Regina Callie’s Randy Bryden, while Derek Owens and the Brent Gedak rink out of Estevan square off with Saskatoon Nutana’s Darrell McKee.

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