Dauphin, Canada

The quest to become a Provincial Champion will kick off this afternoon for Dauphin's Ray Baker and Lisa Hale-Menard.

The duo will compete in the Manitoba Mixed Doubles Provincials at the Deer Lodge Curling Club in Winnipeg.

"It's mixed doubles, so you really never know what's going to happen," said Baker.  "But, our expectations for the Championships are pretty high.  We have a pretty reasonable shot at this.  Everyone at this tournament is really good, so it's going to be fun."

This weekend's bonspiel is one of what has been a busy season already for the duo from Dauphin.  Earlier this season they took part in the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic in Winnipeg, and also several mixed doubles tournaments in Europe.

"We know we can play with everyone at this tournament," said Baker.  "It's just a question of when we get on the ice if we're playing well.  There's definitely no one in this field that scares us, so we're hoping to have a great weekend."

Lisa and Ray play their first game at 3:00 this afternoon, against Anderson/Olafson.