$51,000 and a piece of bronze

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Northern Ontario takes the bronze and $51,000 for the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier.

After two punishing losses to Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta, Northern Ontario’s curling percentage was back up to the mid-90s against Manitoba.

A little smile came over the face of Brad Jacobs in the 10th end when I think he knew they were going to take the bronze.

After a steal in the 4th and 5th and a double in the 9th, they sat 6-4.

A hard throw for the second-last stone in the 10th caused some reason for caution but Manitoba over-curled their second last stone.

But it was the last shot that counted in this game the most.

There was much deliberation for Northern Ontario over this shot. And the result: a possible win stolen by Manitoba to push the game to another end with Northern Ontario having the hammer.

It was 5 guards out and a half a stone in with the last throw for Manitoba. They threw another possible point but not on the button.

The last throw for Northern Ontario had to dig in to win. It did. They took the sheet 7-6.