The OCAA Curling Championships will be hosted by Mohawk College February 14-17 and it's a new Mountaineer men's rink representing the college.
The foursome includes Skip Dylan Robertson, Vice Jared Summers, Second Mike Timmon and Lead Nick Noworyta. Other than Robertson, the rink has little experience.
Head coach Betty Calic said part of the challenge at any bonspiel is figuring out ice conditions and the Mohawk men failed to execute consistently enough against Fanshawe, Fleming and event host Humber at the East York Curling Club Friday (Jan. 4). Therefore they couldn't generate much offense.
Robertson played exceptionally well, according to the coach and showed a new level of maturity, which will be key for the upstart Mohawk rink.
Meantime, the Mohawk women's curling rink turned in a strong performance, losing to their event hosts, the Humber Hawks.
Mountaineers' coach Matt Kimber, elected to play each of the three games at the Humber Bonspiel with Alex Nunes as skip and Hanna Hack as her vice. But three other players, Sarah Ongarato, Anne-May D'Souza and Stacie Perreault played various front end spots in the competition.
Mohawk opened with a 6-5 win over Fanshawe. Coach Kimber said the team curled very well on new ice and Nunes made some great shots and stole some late ends in a timed match that lasted only seven ends.
Mohawk then whipped Fleming 8-3. "This was the best game of the day for the Mountaineer women," said coach Kimber. "We led 8-1 after five ends and the match lasted only six ends."
The final game turned out to be a battle of the unbeaten and host Humber came away with a 6-3 verdict. Mohawk played great through four ends, but then the Hawks stole three consecutive ends. The Mountaineers were actually set up to score two in the final end, but ran out of rocks.
But it was a good start to the invitational schedule for Mohawk.