Tom Shypitka's rink featuring Nelson's Fred Thomson took to the ice on Saturday morning in the Senior Curling Playdowns at the Nelson Curling Club.

Tom Shypitka's rink featuring Nelson's Fred Thomson took to the ice on Saturday morning in the Senior Curling Playdowns at the Nelson Curling Club.

Curling playdowns at Nelson rink this weekend

Kootenay Senior Curling playdowns run all weekend at the local club with Nelson's Fred Thomson on the championship-defending rink.

Six rinks are curling at the local club this weekend as Nelson hosts the Kootenay Senior Curling Playdowns.

Defending champion Tom Shypitka’s rink with Bill King, Don Freschi and Nelson’s Fred Thomson curled Saturday morning.

The playdowns wrap up Sunday with the winner going on to represents the Kootenays at the BC Senior Champs in mid-February in the Comox Valley.

Shypitka came within a game of capturing the provincial banner last year, losing in the final.