Northern Ontario team wins Canadian mixed curling title in Yarmouth

Eric Bourque
Published on November 19, 2016

YARMOUTH -- Seven days of national championship curling came to an end at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth late Saturday afternoon as the Northern Ontario team skipped by Trevor Bonot defeated Braden Calvert’s Manitoba rink 5-2 in the gold-medal game to take the Canadian mixed title.

The bronze went to Wayne Tuck’s Ontario team, which defeated Brady Scharback’s Saskatchewan rink 6-4 in the bonspiel’s third-place game.

“It’s been an amazing event,” Bonot said after the bonspiel’s closing ceremony. “We formed as a team just last March. I wanted to play with my sister (Jackie McCormick), who’s our third, and my best friend (Kory Carr) is our second.”

Megan Carr is the other member of the Northern Ontario team, which advances to the world championships to be held in Switzerland.

The Bonot rink defeated Saskatchewan 5-4 in one of Saturday morning’s semifinals. The Calvert team was a 4-2 winner over Ontario 4-2 in the other semi. The Tuck team was undefeated heading into the semifinal round, having won all 10 of its games to that point.

Bonot said he was impressed with the job done by tournament organizers.

“I’ve had a great time,” he said. “The host committee – all the volunteers – made us feel so welcome. I can’t say enough about that.”

The Nova Scotia team skipped by Paul Flemming (with Christie Gamble, Tyler Gamble and Teri Udle) made it to the bonspiel’s championship pool and finished eighth with an overall tournament record of three wins and seven losses. Flemming is from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax.

Fourteen teams took part in the bonspiel, the biggest curling event to be held in Yarmouth.

The main arena of the Mariners Centre – normally a hockey/skating venue – had been converted into a curling facility for the Nov. 13-19 national championships.