We had another prominent report in Northumberland Today and for the benefit of those who may not have seen it I have copied the report below. There was a fine picture of Sharyl Ann Milligan coaching a junior visitor to the open house which accompanied the report but as that photo was taken by Pete Fisher of Northumberland Today I do not have a copy. However the full article and photo are on the club bulletin board. The report was as follows:
Tournament season begins at lawn bowling club
The first open tournament of the season, an open fours, was held at the Cobourg lawn bowling club on Victoria Day and the club welcomed teams from Oshawa, Peterborough, Belleville, Port Hope, Milton and Cosburn Park. In total fourteen teams competed for the Spring Classic trophy sponsored by Richard Bruton of TD Waterhouse.
Given the slow growth of the grass following the severe winter and the cold spring the last thing the club needed was more bad weather so the sight of flooded greens on the previous Friday was a concern for the club’s open house which was held on Saturday as well as for the Victoria Day tournament. However, the greens staff were able to ensure that enough rinks were available for both events.
Laura Seed's team from Milton were the defending champions but she was not able to repeat last year's success finishing third overall. Instead it was last year's runners up, the Oshawa team skipped by Wayne Wallwork who ran out winners.
Each team played 3 games of 12 ends and after the second round Wallwork's team was in top spot with 2 wins followed by Bob Reynolds' team from Peterborough. Wallwork had a convincing win over Reynolds to win the trophy and the loss by Reynolds dropped him into fourth place.
The leading Cobourg team (Bill Arthur, Ben Van Steijn, Louisa Arthur and Dave Hickey) was just out of the prize money in sixth place with 2 wins and 25 points.
The full results were: Trophy winners with 3 wins for 51+3 from Oshawa – Wayne Wallwork (skip), Al Purcell (vice), Al Handlechner (second) and Vera Richardson (lead). Second place with 3 wins for 43+2 was also an Oshawa team - Jim Butler (skip), Gord Terwelligar (vice) Bob Souch (second) and Linda Butler (lead). In third place with 2 wins for 39, from Milton, were Laura Hawrysko (skip), Lisa Mckerihen (vice), David Anderson (second) and Laura Seed (lead). The fourth place spot with 2 wins for 35 went to the Peterborough team of Bob Reynolds (skip), Jack Waldie (vice), Jim Caldwell (second) and Roger Hakins (lead).
Two days earlier on Saturday May 17th the club held an Open House which allowed people who had never tried lawn bowling to just drop in and “Give it a Try”. That’s the slogan that the Ontario Lawn Bowls Association (OLBA) has adopted as part of the marketing of the game. Unfortunately the cold weather kept people from venturing out and the turnout was not as good as at previous open houses. However, a number of people did venture out and enjoyed their first experience of lawn bowling. There will be further opportunities to try out the game next month as the club offers free beginner lessons every Wednesday In June, starting at 7.00 pm. There is no need to book in advance – just turn up at the club.
Winners of recent club jitneys were: May 12th - Ralph Stoffers and Bozana Brick; May 13th - Ralph Stoffers, Bozana Brick and John Johnson; May 17th - Ralph Stoffers, Fran Marsh and Thelma Eastcott.
And a footnote regarding the open house; there are some photos of some very cold mmebers playing in the jitney on the Northumberland View website. Just click here to see them.