Bonot prevails in curling ‘qualifier’

They played the game because they had to—but both came out a winner.
Stratton’s Bryan Bonot claimed the Zone 7 senior men’s curling title with an 8-1 win over Jim Armstrong of Fort Frances on Friday night in Stratton.
The showdown originally was slated to be a best-of-three affair but after Friday’s decisive outcome, the two rinks decided to save themselves the trouble of battling again Saturday for one main reason—they both already had qualified for the regional playdowns Nov. 19-22 in Manitouwadge.
“They allow four teams from west of Thunder Bay to compete at the regionals,” noted Bonot. “Kenora and Dryden each have only one team going, so that left an extra spot available.”
Bonot and his team of third Terry Lee from Stratton, and the Fort Frances front end of second Ron Martinuk and lead Ted Stewart, are in their fourth year together as a unit—and their familiarity with each other showed as they powered past Armstrong.
But Bonot’s not about to rest on his laurels.
“It wasn’t bad, considering it was our first game of the year,” he remarked. “But there’s always room for improvement.”