Before any men's curling team from Nova Scotia can think about the 2014 Molson Coors Tankard in Halifax Feb 4-9, or the Tim Horton's Brier in Kamloops, B.C., March 1-9, they will have to think about two critical qualifiers.
The first curling qualifier will be hosted by the Dartmouth Curling Club, while the second will be held at the Windsor Curling Club.
Entries are still coming in for the provincial men's qualifier No. 2, which is scheduled for Windsor Jan. 16-19, 2014.
The Windsor event will see three teams advance to the 2014 Molson Coors Tankard at the Halifax Curling Club. But, getting there will be far from easy as the Windsor event will be a triple-knockout affair.
There will be plenty of competitive curling and it’s possible that a team you see in Windsor during the qualifier could be Nova Scotia's representative at the Tim Horton's Brier in Kamloops in March.
It has been six years since Falmouth's Mark Kehoe won the men's provincial championship but he will be back to play in one of the two qualifiers, hoping for a second crack at both a men's provincial and national championship.
The Molson Coors Tankard, also referred to as the Nova Scotia Men's Molson Provincial Championship, at the Halifax Curling Club will feature the eight best teams in the province bidding for a berth at the Brier in Kamloops.
In other local curling news
The first round of Tuesday night men's curling concluded Dec. 17 with skip Andrew Watson's rink finishing with a 5-1 record for 100 points.
The point system works as follows: a team garners 10 points for a win and two points for each end they win during a game. If the teams are tied after eight end ends, each team is awarded five points. If the teams blank an end, they are each awarded a single point.
Despite the fact the rinks of Paul Conrad, Charlie Knowles and Dill Davies all finished with 3-3 records, Conrad won out on points with 86 compared to Knowles 80 and Davies 77.
Conrad's team was slow getting off the mark before putting the engines into gear in the final two games to claim second place.
Maurice Lynch, of Falmouth, placed fifth with 66 points and a 2-4 record while last year's first round champion Bob Schofield's team struggled and settled with a 2-4 record for only 59 points.
A second round of men's curling will begin Tuesday, Jan. 7.