Estevan's Brent Gedak is getting ready to hit the ice in Whitewood this week for the 2019 SaskTel Tankard.
Gedak is the skip of a rink out of the Estevan curling club this year.
"We've had a month or so since we were qualified," he said. "We had some practice time, and we did a little clinic in town... we're just happy to get together as a team.
"We've been training all year but the last month, we had a chance to get some rest and just sharpen up our game with practices.
Gedak is no rookie at this, having been to a lot of Tankards over his curling career. He will square off against Scott Comfort in the first draw Wednesday afternoon.
Last year, Gedak was the hometown rink as Estevan hosted the Tankard. That had its own rewards as he had a large section of friends and family cheering him and his rink on.
"There's a lot less pressure being with less people rooting for you but I'm looking forward to a good week. I think we're prepared going in," Gedak said.
Gedaqk said it's very close between the top eight rinks of the 16 attending and any of those teams can beat you.
"But we can also beat everyone esle on any given day as well," he said. "You've just got to pay every end one at a time and every shot , shot by shot, and in the end hopefully that's enough to keep you there, Sunday."
Sunday is the day set for the Tankard final. The winner goes to the Tim Hortons Brier next month in Brandon, Manitoba.