Peter Stuart-Sheppard and I were at Cosburn Park on Saturday July 8th for the Ontario singles championships.
Once again the format was double knockout and you probably know by now that this means you are eliminated after two losses. Thirty Two players competed.In singles the winner is the first to 21 points and there was a 2hour 15 minute time limit. In his first game Peter was tied 18-18 when the time limit expired so had to play an extra end to determine the winner. Unfortunately Peter lost.
In my first game I was drawn against Jeff Harding who was a gold medallist in pairs. I got off to a bad start and was 7-0 after three ends. After that it was close but I lost 11-21.
So on to round two – a must win match. Peter lost 16-21 although it was a tight game most of the way and I lost 11-21 mainly due to a run of three bad ends in the middle of the game. Disappointing for us both but the level of competition was extremely high and singles is always a great experience.
Cobourg at Lindsay – Sun July 9th (report by Bob Bates)
On Sun July 9 a contingent of 24 enthusiastic Cobourg bowlers made their way to Lindsay for a fun day of friendly competitive bowling. The weather co-operated with the cloud cover keeping a hot sun off our backs.
The Lindsay organizer Keith Olan was quite impressed even before the games started as half of the people helping set up the green were from Cobourg. Home & Away skips drew their rinks at random & the games began. The clubs were evenly matched as both Cobourg & Lindsay teams were made up of more than 50% Novices.
It took a couple of ends for our bowlers to get used to the longer Lindsay greens. In the end there were several hotly contested low scoring games in the morning. No team scored more than 14 points. When the dust settled & lunch time came both clubs had won 4 games & lost 4 games.
After lunch the 8 winners of game one were matched against each other as were the 2nd place teams (i.e.Losers). Once again no team managed to get more than 14 points in the 10 end games. Cobourg teams managed to win 5 of the 8 afternoon games besting Lindsay's 2 wins. One game ended in a tie.
All the teams played well. 3 Cobourg teams won both of their games which in the end secured our bragging rights over Lindsay (until next time). The 2 game winners were:
- Ann Tough, Kathleen Shirley, Brent Bayley
- Sarah van Steijn, Lynn Bryans, Michelle Tinney
- Mary Salter, Brian Rogers, Emerson MacRa
The next Friendly match is in Wilmot Creek on Thurs Aug 17 at 10am . . . followed on Sun Aug 27 with a return match with Lindsay at Cobourg (looking to even things up). See the Bulletin Board to sign up.
Monday Night League
The team of Carl Ferguson, Nan Hendren and Mike Hendren is still unbeaten having played 4 games and top the standings with 8 points. Bob Bates, Ernie Sapinski and Mona Attard are in second place with 6 points but they have played one game more. In third place are "The Titans" (Peter Stuart-Sheppard, Mike Place and Bill Arthur) with 5 points from 5 games. There are four more rounds to go before the playoffs. Who can stop the Ferguson/Hendren team?
Milligan open triples
Sixteen teams competed including teams from Cosburn Park, Lindsay, Pickering, Agincourt and 8 teams from Cobourg. Club member Martin Foxhall was part of a team entered by Lan Tran and Ricky Lau from Agincourt. Lan and Ricky are very experienced players so with Martin (Ontario Gold Fours) and Lan (Ontario Silver Pairs) they formed a formidable team and won the tournament with 3 wins and 43 points, one point ahead of the Lindsay team of Rhys Warren, Alan Hunter and Tracey Warren. The best performing Cobourg teams were those skipped by Carl Ferguson (2 wins and 40 points) and Terry Bradshaw (2 wins and 33 points). Thanks to Sharyl Ann and Dan Milligan who sponsored this tournament in memory of their parents Ron and Trudy. And thank you to Sharyl Ann for presenting the prizes. You can check out the full result by clicking here and the photos by clicking here
Bob Bates, Pat Bylok Louisa and I were at Campbellford on Friday 14th for a Pairs tournament. Just to prove that we don't just report on successes I can tell you that none of us won any prizes and we didn't have the best of days (in a bowling sense) although it's always a good day visiting Campbellford. I don't know what they have against Cobourg as Louisa and I were on rink 8 in the first game and Bob and Pat were on rink 1. If you've been to Campbellford you'll know what that means! Bob and I had a better day at Pickering on Saturday July 15th with two wins but two points short of prize money.
Anniversary In-Club Tournament – July 25/2023 (report by Donna Ball)
Thirty bowlers participated in the club’s 116th Anniversary Tournament. Due to the threat of rain, the format was changed from 3 --10 ends to 3 – 8 ends. As it turned out this was a good decision. Light rain started as a few teams still playing their third game, were on skips bowls for the final end. Good timing indeed!
During the second break Carol Dewey, our Club President, cut the cake we always have to mark another year of “Friendship by the Lake”. Competition this year was close, with many low scoring games. The only team with three wins, and therefore the trophy winners, was the threesome of Terry Bradshaw, Nan Hendren and Dot MacRae (with Mary Thibault playing the first game for Dot).
In second place was the team of Dave Carlton, Brian Rogers and John Clews. In third place was Dave Shirley, Jenn Wetherall and Eve Gorringe (with Lynn Bryans playing the first game for Jenn Wetherall). The High One Game winner was Dianne Hawryszok, Laura Mounce & Nancy Kirby (with Lynn Bryans playing the second game for Laura). Thanks again to all members who support the club by playing in these events; buying “Share the Wealth” tickets and working in the Kitchen, the Office and on the Greens.
Ontario Youths (a report from Sarah van Steijn)
Well! Well! Well! It was a wonderful weekend at the Woodstock Lawn Bowling Club. The kids bowled in the rain and the sun and some more rain!
Baylee is our U25 Gold winner! Emmalee is our U25 Bronze winner, Ben is our U25 Silver winner! And last but not least Jacob is our U18 Bronze!
Thank you to Woodstock Club for an amazing weekend!
July 16th 2023