Mongoose Spiel Kicks Off Curling Season

Nugget Column #03 – Wednesday October 15th, 2014

The Day Ladies section of the Granite Club had the honour of breaking the ice Tuesday morning, the first day of curling at North Bay’s only dedicated curling facility. The event attracted nearly twenty-four participants who were treated to curling and lunch organized by the ladies’ executive. A variety of salads were donated to the pizza and potluck meal and were well received.

The Mongoose Trophy dates back to at least 1989 when the team of Irene Martin, Peg Tetrault, Tony Gaudreault and Audrey Bazinet were champions. The event has been convened annually ever since, and over the years would feature many respectful women and curlers who would inscribe their names into Granite Club history.

The Mongoose Trophy is said to be born out of a tour of Scotland that Mrs. Jo Wallace, along with ladies of all the Canadian provinces embarked on in 1986. Jo Wallace was one of the North Bay Granite Club’s greatest ambassadors as a competitor and builder of curling.

Jo Wallace is a member of the Canadian Curling Association’s Hall of Fame as a past president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association; she’s a past president of the North Bay ladies curling section, a lifetime member of the North Bay Curling and Athletic Corporation (as we are formally known) and a provincial senior ladies’ curling champion having conquered all of Ontario in 1978 with teammates Viv Gallardi, Marj Jamieson and Emily Gatenby.

Wallace, who visits the club once a year to present the Mongoose trophy, said she that it brings back so many happy memories. “Jo Wallace” is a name that will forever resonate with curling in our community and one that is not easily avoidable in looking around the club. There is even a painting belonging to Wallace that hangs in the ladies’ change room; and I must admit I ventured into forbidden territory to sneak a peek at this work of art. It was worth it.

Wallace honoured 2014 recipients Darla Esch, Paulette Brown, Mary Bailey and Tricia Wiseman at a ceremony on Tuesday October 14th and it was an inspiring start to the season.


Most all leagues are hitting the ice this week, if even only just for fun. All other events will officially begin next week following our weekend of free orientations October 18th and 19th from 9am – 5pm.

Those interested in a complimentary two-hour introduction to curling can register on our website or call the club at (705) 472-6740 between the hours of 9am – 5pm.

A reminder to tennis players that the Nipissing District Tennis Club is hosting their season-end banquet this Saturday October 18th, 5:30pm at the Granite Club and RSVPs are required by the end of the day today (Wednesday).

Also event passes for the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships are now on sale in the office at online at Get ‘em while their hot!


Bobby Ray
General Manager
North Bay Granite Club