The Dean Joanisse team (from left) of Kelsey Steiger

Joanisse wins mixed curling title in Kelowna

After losing B.C. men's final, Dean Joanisse leads rink to victory at B.C. mixed championship

  • Tue Mar 24th, 2015 11:00am
  • Sports

Dean Joanisse fell one step short of winning the B.C. men’s curling title last month, losing in the final to Jim Cotter’s Vernon/Kelowna rink.

At the B.C. mixed curling championship this past weekend, he wasn’t about to be denied a second time.

Joanisse and his Royal City/Golden Ears/Vernon foursome defeated Kimberly’s Tom Buchy 5-2 in the provincial final Sunday at the Kelowna Curling Club.

The Joanisse rink features some Okanagan connections. Shannon Aleksic, who played for Kelowna’s Kelly Scott this past season, plays third for Joanisse.

Second Tyler Orme is a Vernon native and played this past season with Brent Pierce’s Kelowna-based rink. The lead is Kelsey Steiger.

The Joanisse rink took control of the game early with three in the first end and never looked back.

“It’s always a thrill and honour to represent your province at a national championship,” Aleksic said after the win. “It is all the more special because I have achieved this with my fiancé (Joanisse) and two great friends. We look forward to trying to do B.C. proud.”

The eight-team field at this year’s mixed championship was a particularly strong, with five skips who had already won silver medals this year, as well as several past provincial champions.

Team Joanisse will now go on to represent B.C. at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship Nov. 7 to 14 at The Weston Club in Toronto.