Bonot takes crown

Joey Payeur

Jackie McCormick will get to play for a national championship again—and this time she gets to take her brother along.
The Stratton native played third for skip Trevor Bonot, who now lives in Thunder Bay, as the rink captured the mixed provincial crown yesterday at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
Representing the Port Arthur Curling Club, Bonot’s team (which also included second Kory Carr and lead Megan Westlund) beat Thunder Bay-based Dylan Johnston 5-3 in the final to advance to the Canadian mixed curling championship Nov. 14-19 in Yarmouth, N.S.
Johnston’s team of third Tirzah Keffer from Fort Frances and Devlin native Mike Badiuk at second, along with lead Sheree Hinz from Thunder Bay, actually were the host club’s representative and looked to be in decent shape down only 4-3 with hammer in the final end.
But Johnston went against his original decision of a heavy draw and decided instead to run his own guard straight back onto Bonot’s shot stone in the eight-foot.
But Bonot’s rock jammed against a Johnston stone behind it, with Johnston’s shooter rolling out to give Bonot a steal of one and the victory.
“I’m a little happy that [Johnston] changed his mind,” grinned McCormick, who saved her biggest post-game hug for her brother.
“But I’m not surprised. That’s his personality,” she added.
“Plus, he had just played a runback and made it perfect.”
Bonot, the only member of his team who has not yet been to a national championship of some kind, was thrilled he got to make his first provincial title a family moment.
“I’ll always remember how fun it was to get to play together with Jackie competitively for the first time,” he said.
“Now we can look forward to spending another week together playing,” noted Bonot before adding jokingly, “This way, she can’t get away from me if she’s mad.”
It was the second of two-straight games between the two teams after Bonot beat Johnston 10-4 in seven ends in the final preliminary draw Saturday to leave both rinks tied for first at 4-2.
That victory eliminated two-time defending champ Colin Koivula (Thunder Bay), whose team finished at 3-3 record to end up third.
Geraldton’s Mike Assad, with Fort Frances resident Leanne Eluik playing third, wound up last in the four-team field with a 1-5 mark.