Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:14

Kirkpatrick upbeat about senior men's curling playdowns

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By Matthew Liebenberg
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Swift Current's Max Kirkpatrick was on the road this morning to Carlyle, where he will be competing at the Affinity Credit Union Senior Men's Southern Playdowns over the next few days.

He is scheduled to play his first game tonight at 7 p.m. against Regina's Doug Normand. The event will continue until Feb. 12 at the Carlyle Curling Club.
Kirkpatrick is confident about his team's chances at the playdowns.
“I think pretty good,” he said. “In the senior league we're one of the younger teams because 50 is the cut-off. We're all in the early 50's ... I think we should hold up quite well.”
He has an experienced team with Rod Quintin as third, Mitch Minken as second and Floyd Carefoot as lead. Kirkpatrick and Quintin both skipped teams at the recent Southern Men's Playdowns that took place in Swift Current from Jan. 19 to 22. Minken was a member of Quintin's team at that event.
“I think definitely if we curl well we'll have a chance of getting through and going on to the next step,” Kirkpatrick said.
His team qualified for the Senior Men's Southern Playdowns by winning the Region 1 Playdowns that took place at the Swift Current Curling Club on Feb. 4 and 5.
Updates and results from the games played at the Senior Men's Southern Playdowns will be posted on the Saskatchewan Curling Association website at

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