Nugget Column #21 – Tuesday February 24th, 2015
For the third time this season a member of the North Bay Granite Club is part of a provincial title winning curling team.
On January 13th the McIntyre Curling Club in Timmins hosted the Northern Ontario Police Curling Association playdowns featuring a best-two-out-three game challenge between Team Charlie Robert and Team Steven Mitchell. In the final end of the final game Mitchell made a draw to the four-foot to secure a 5-4 win over the defending champions.
The Skip of the newly crowned provincial champions is a member of the Granite Club, a constable with the Anishinabek Police Service and a 6-time NOPCA defender.
For the past five years Mitchell had played second for the Steve Meunier team out of Timmins but elected to mix things up in 2015 and took a leadership role in skipping Jim Szarka (Superintendent, OPP North East Region), David Lawes (Constable, Almaguin Highlands OPP), and Tyeler Commanda (Constable, Anishinabek Police Service) to their first Canadian Police Curling Championship.
The first-time victors; who belong to area clubs including the Sturgeon Falls Curling Club, Powassan Curling Club, and South River Curling Club; will not have far to travel when the national competition gets underway at the Sudbury Curling Club March 21st – 28th, 2015.
In other news Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics is hosting its 2015 boys and girls curling championships at the Granite Club on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
The Widdifield Wildcats will lead two North Bay teams through the double elimination tournament in pursuit of a trip to the OFSAA Curling Championships March 9th – 12th.
The Algonquin Barons will also provide an entry into the girl’s event while Ecole Secondaire Catholique Elisabeth-Bruyere in Mattawa will supply a second boys’ entry on behalf of the Nipissing region.
Many thanks to Michael Tignanelli and Peggy Smith of West Ferris Secondary School for having organized Pre-NDA, NDA and NOSSA Curling events this year.
Fans of local curling can follow three Granite Club rinks who head to the Horne Granite Curling Club in New Liskeard with intent to qualify for the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s Mixed Provincial Championships to be hosted two weeks later in Timmins.
With four teams being given berths from this East Qualifier there is a good chance that no North Bayites will be left behind.
Gavan Jamieson, Amanda Corkal, Steve Decary, and Monique Schryer are not shy to competitive mixed curling and stand to finish amongst the top teams.
Charlie Robert (of Sault Ste. Marie) will skip a local team comprised of Laura Forget, Ryan Forget and Mackenzie Daley. Robert skipped the provincial mixed championship team two years ago while his vice has been a finalist in recent past.
Speaking of finalists, each player on the Jeff Brown team has been one game away from wearing green and gold. Brown with Courtney Chenier, Bobby Ray, and Joanne Come-Forget are motivated to get back in this position again.
The two other competing teams stem from Timmins and New Liskeard.
North Bay Granite Club