Curling’s Tankard comes to Lake Cowichan

The next chapter in a long-running battle between Canada and the U.S. will be staged this coming weekend in Lake Cowichan.

The 52nd edition of the International Curling Tankard is headed for the Cowichan Rocks Curling Club, where it will run Friday through Sunday.

The Tankard is a friendly competition that brings together curlers from participating clubs in B.C. and the U.S. The curlers are divvied up into six Canadian teams and six American teams, selected on Friday night, then each rink plays three games against foursomes from the other country.

Mike Waller and Ryan Rai will represent Cowichan Rocks, joining curlers from Juan de Fuca, Marpole, Richmond, Langley, Esquimalt, Golden Ears and Glen Meadow on the Canadian teams. The U.S teams will include curlers from Seattle, San Francisco, Hollywood and Beaverton, Oregon’s Evergreen club.

Draws will take place on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.