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For the second straight year Dauphin's Ray Baker and Lisa Menard will compete at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

The tournament starts Thursday in Saskatoon, it features 32 teams and some big names including Manitoba's Mike McEwen and Reid Carruthers.

Ray Baker says he and Lisa Menard are looking forward to this year's event.

"It's gonna be a lot of fun, we're excited. We know a lot of these people now, we've met them and played them a number of times. The field is remarkably tough compared to last year which was a good field. This year's field is much more difficult with some house hold names in there. It's gonna be tough sledding but we're really looking forward to it."

Baker adds they expect to be better this year, considering they were at last year's tournament and gained key experience.

"I think one of the things we took from last year's event was the first couple games we played we kind of had that deer in the headlights thing going on. We settled in a little bit after and things got a lot better. A little experience can go a long way in this event and we're hoping we can capitalize on some of that and be a little more settled in."

From outside of Manitoba you've got names like Chelsea Carey, Rachel Homan and Jim Cotter. Baker and Menard start their tournament Thursday morning at 11:00am.