Cobourg’s Martin Foxhall and Steve Haslam were the title holders but Steve was unable to play this year and Martin was partnered by Fred Stringer who was a past President of the club before moving away from the area.
In addition to five home teams there were entries from eleven away teams from Peterborough, Oshawa, Campbellford, Cosburn Park (Toronto), Kingston and Bobcaygeon. The weather was perfect for lawn bowling and the greens, which have been much praised by visitors this season were running very fast which rewards good play.
Whenever Rob and Dave Steffen from Oshawa are competing their opponents know the going will be tough and that the Steffens will be favourites to win. The tournament format was three twelve end games and the draw for the first round was favourable to the rest of the field in that it pitched the Steffens against another hotly fancied team of Steve Nelson (an ex Team USA player) and Bob Matthews. The Steffens won that game by 16-12.
The five Cobourg teams all had first round wins with Martin Foxhall winning 18-3; Ron Covert and Dave Hickey 15-12; Roy Thorneycroft and Janet Taylor 15-12; Bill and Louisa Arthur 13-8; and Dave Shirley and Bob Rimmer (visiting from Bobcaygeon) 12-5. However only the Arthurs were able to record a second round victory. In the final round they played the Peterborough team of Bob Reynolds and Al Handlechner and despite some good play lost out 14-5 to their more vastly experienced opponents.
That victory left the Peterborough team with a record of 3 wins and 44 points and to stand any chance of winning the trophy they needed a low scoring game between the other unbeaten teams – the Steffens and Bob Bates team from Cosburn Park. However that did not happen, the Steffens winning by 14-10 to take the trophy with 3 wins and 48 points to bring the curtain down on a fine season of tournament bowling.
The full result is on the results page