Stoney Creek's Mark Kean, along with teammates Mathew Camm, David Mathers and Scott Howard, dropped John Epping's veteran rink 7-6 at the Recharge with Milk Tankard which was held this year in Dorchester. Playing for the Fenelon Falls rink, Kean and his crew will represent Ontario at the Tim Horton's brier which begins Feb. 28 in Calgary.
The final match was a "real nail-biter," according to Waterloo Region Record curling columnist Brian Belfry, with Team Kean and Team Epping trading the lead back and forth, before finally being decided on Epping's last throw.
Epping's last rock was unable to edge out Kean's and the match and tournament went to the 26-year-old from Stoney Creek. Kean, who had the hammer, didn't have to use his last rock.
"I don't think it's really sunk in yet — it's pretty surreal," a jubilant Kean said late Sunday after the match. "I think I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning and wonder if it's real."
Asked what was next for his team, Kean seemed surprised.
"Well, a bit of practice, and then … the Brier."