Campbell River skip Dean Thulin will lead his team at the Island senior curling tourney.

Island curlers here this weekend

Eight rinks are coming to Campbell River to compete for two berths in the B.C. senior men's curling finals

Eight teams are in, but just two will advice to the B.C. senior curling finals.

The Campbell River curling club is hosting the Vancouver Island playdowns this weekend. Teams from across the island are competing for two spots at the B.C. which will take place just down the road, at the Comox Valley Curling Centre, on Feb. 18-22.

Ron Schmidt and Dean Thulin are skipping the two Campbell River teams in the tournament. Wayne Harris and Richard Tanguay head up the two Comox Valley sides; Rick Cohen, Wes Craig, and Jay Tuson skip the Victoria teams, and rounding out the competition is the Victor Gamble rink from Duncan.

The playdown is a double knockout event. The action begins Saturday with draws at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Sunday, 9 a.m., the top two teams meet in the A event final while the B semi-final goes at the same time. The winner of the A round advances straight to the B.C.’s, while the A loser and B winner square off for the final qualifying berth at 2 p.m.

The winning B.C. team will then advance to the Canadian Seniors Playdowns in Yellowknife, NWT, March 20-30.

Spectators are welcome at the Campbell River Curling Club. There is a concession downstairs and a fully licensed lounge upstairs.