Of course it has to be the World Championships. For the last two weeks we have been following Baylee's progress in the fours and then the triples. After what must have been a disappointing quarter final loss to Scotland it was on to the triples. The team moved through sectional play losing only one game (to New Zealand) and finished second in the the group to set up a quarter final against India. A great win by 20 shots to 9 and they were into the semi final, guaranteeing them a medal. Their semi final was a repeat of their round robin game against New Zealand and the result was the same, a win for New Zealand.
In so many sports the losing semi finalists play one another to determine the bronze winner which always seems to me to be a pointless game and very much “after the Lord Mayor's parade”. I think that giving both losing semi finalists a bronze medal is much fairer and a reward for their overall performance. I'd like to see that happen more often.
Transgressing for a moment, and this is a personal opinion, I would like to see all Ontario Championships follow the format in national (and international) play. That is, round robin play to determine the top teams before moving on to elimination games. The double knockout format is something I have only ever experienced in Ontario and I don't know why the championship committee persists with it. OK, I've got that off my chest, back to matters in hand.
Thank you to Donna Longman for keeping track of all the jitney scores during August. The winner was Helen Kowalski, second was Helen Beaton and third was Henry Kowalski. Well done.
Open Tournaments: We held two tournaments this week, on Monday September 4th we had a mixed pairs 242 and on Thursday September 7th we held an open pairs to round off our open tournament season. The mixed pairs was won by our own Bob Bates and Pat Bylok with a magnificent 3 wins and 49+8 points. At the other end of the prize winners table were Carl Ferguson and Nan Hendren who won the last game high prize.
Bob and Pat could not repeat their Monday performance in the open pairs on Thursday but they did win the last game high prize. The winners were Albert Wu and Martin Foxhall with 3wins and 45 points.
Four Cobourg teams travelled to Campbellford on Saturday September 9th for a pairs tournament and Bob and Pat were in the money again winning the two game high prize. Louisa and I also had two wins but not enough points to get in the money.Bob will be buying drinks at the end of season dinner, he seems to have won lots of money this year!!
I would like to say a personal thanks to those people from other clubs who read this website and have complimented me on the content. It means a lot to me to know that it is appreciated and read more widely than just in Cobourg. Thank You.
Finally, finishing on a sad note, I would like to pass on to Bonnie Sheridan the condolences of all at the club on the passing of her husband Ray on August 30th.