It's a senior men's provincial qualifier for curling in Outlook this weekend, and Mitch Minken and Max Kirkpatrick of Swift Current will be competing on a rink along with Kerrobert's Wayne Charteris and Rosetown's Greg Hannay.

Naturally, Minken is hoping they'll advance.

"That's our opportunity to try to make provincials, so we'll see how things are at the end of the weekend," he said. "Hopefully we'll be moving on to the senior men's provincials and an opportunity to go forward from there."

The playdowns begin tonight.

And while this is the start of the curling season for Minken, the president of CURLSASK for the 2018-19 season, it's not his first taste of the sport as of late.

Last weekend Minken was at the Viterra Scotties Women's Provincial Championships in Humboldt where Team Silvernagle won a dramatic final.

It's not the first taste of curling for Minken on the season though. The Curl Sask president did some commentary on the broadcast at last weekend's Viterra Scotties Women's Provincial Championships in Humboldt where Team Silvernagle won a dramatic final over Team Anderson.

"It was a real nice, close final, so of course having lost the two previous finals, she was pretty excited to win this one," Minken said. "Having experienced heartbreak a couple times, I think she was so nervous that she couldn't even watch so she left the ice surface while Sherry Anderson was throwing her last shot... I can't say that I've actually seen that one before."

Minken and Kirkpatrick also won the Innovation Credit Union Super League as half of Team Kirkpatrick, along with Shawn Hiebert and McAyla Krauchek, in January on the Swift Current curling scene.

We'll have to wait to see whether Minken makes it out of the qualifier and into provincials, but perhaps he'll have a chance at a Team Silvernagle-like finish in the senior men's provincials in Melville from February 27 to March 3.

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