Bonot rink hopes third time’s a charm at provincials

Third time may be the charm for Bryan Bonot’s Stratton rink to finally grab top honours at the Northern Ontario senior men’s playdowns, which get underway tomorrow in North Bay.
Perhaps, but you wouldn’t know it by asking the 53-year-old skip, who, in his usual best deadpan voice, isn’t letting on to that possibility.
“Not too concerned,” he said of his rink’s prospects after missing top spot the last two years. “It doesn’t make sense to be concerned.”
Bonot admitted his rink of third Terry Lee, second Ron Martinuk, and lead Ted Stewart was made up specifically for the playdowns as they all play on other teams in their regular club leagues.
But facing new clubs is something a rink really can’t prepare for, said Bonot.
“It’s pretty hard to say. You just hope to play your best and see how things go,” he reasoned.
Bonot qualified for the six-rink provincial playdowns back in November after going 3-0 at the zones here and then 5-2 at the districts in Nipigon.
Joining Bonot in North Bay are Gary Ball (Thunder Bay), Bill McKelvey (Kirkland Lake), Peter Minogue (North Bay), Chucker Ross (Sudbury), and Bill Johnston (Sault Ste. Marie).
The Northern Ontario champ will advance to the national playdowns in St. Thomas, Ont. early next month.