Hay River will be representing the Northwest Territories later this year at the Dominion Curling Club Championship.
Skip Paul Delorey, lead Glenn Smith, third D’arcy Delorey and second Daniel Richards qualified for the national tournament after going undefeated in a five-team field at the Dominion playdowns in Yellowknife from March 22 to 25.
Paul Delorey said the team is excited to be going to national competition after being beat by Inuvik last year.
“When we put this team together, we gave ourselves two years to get to the Dominion,” he said.
“This year is our second year, so we are excited to go.”
Delorey said the event has truly become a family affair.
“Two years ago in the first national playdown, my wife, Davida, went,” he said.
Last year, his two daughters and daughter-in-law played with the women’s team.
“This year, it’s D’arcy (his son) and I that get to go, so it’s quite exciting,” he said.
The event, sponsored by Dominion Insurance, ensures competitors are able to attend without needing to fund raise for their flights.
“It is a very well-sponsored event,” said Delorey. “We were given a banner to hang up at the curling club and bags and brooms. All expenses are covered by the Dominion.”
But the men have a long way to go before they can hit the ice in Ontario in November.
Delorey said the ice in the Hay River Curling Club will be ready for practice in early October, giving them a solid month of preparation before the championship.
“There are one or two bonspiels outside of town that we are looking at going to for more practice,” he said.
The big event in November won’t be the end of the Dominion curling excitement for Hay River.
“The Dominion playdowns will be in Hay River next year,” said Delorey.
The Dominion Championship is an annual event for curling teams that have won their respective local club championships, and qualified at a provincial or territorial level.
The Dominion will be held in Scarborough, Ont., from Nov. 19 to 24.