It was cold (no change there) but the Monday Night Leaguers were out doing all the different things that Donna Ball dreams up. Placing the jacks in different positions and only scoring if you got within the specified distance from the jack. We started at 3 feet and gradually moved down to one foot. It’s good to have so many people playing in this league. I’m not sure what the numbers were but I think we had eight rinks in play.
The first of the free lesson nights. It rained! Amazingly one lady came and she had personal attention as she was told all about bowling. I did demonstrate some aspects of the game on the green but it really was too wet for the lady to go out. Such a pity since the Wednesday night sessions are our major recruitment initiative. Thankfully this week looks better.
Success for Baylee van Steijn and Martin Foxhall who won a mixed pairs tournament in Peterborough.
Photo is courtesy of Peterborough LBC
Summer arrived and we had a club tournament. 24 members competed in an 8 team triples tournament. We played two 12 end games and I heard some positive comments about the 10.00 am start from those who struggle to get out of bed in the mornings! The winning team of Janet Taylor, Norma Stoffers and Arnold Bowman finished on the same number of points as my team ( I had Ralph Stoffers and Bonnie Sheridan with me) but they had one plus point more than we did. Congratulations to them.
Friday and Saturday
The first day of play in the Ontario Fours Championships. We did not have any ladies teams competing but Bob Bates, Ben van Steijn, John MacKenzie (Oshawa) and I were competing. There were twenty men’s teams and we were split into four groups of five teams for round robin play. The top two teams in each group qualified for the quarter finals which would be elimination games.
We got off to a good start, winning our first game 15-13. We were tied coming home in the second game but lost 13-15. Third game was a similar story and we lost 14-15. This meant that we had to win our final game and hope that other results went our way. Going into that last game we knew that if we won we would be in a tie breaker for second place and we did win by 13-9. Unfortunately though we lost our 4 end tie breaker.
Martin Foxhall was also playing with his regular teammates from other clubs but they could not repeat their success of previous seasons and were eliminated after the round robin stage.
The competition was so great and teams were so evenly matched that three of the groups needed tie breakers and in one of those groups all five teams finished with 6 points which meant a five way tie breaker!
Club Cut Throat
On Saturday the club cut throat tournament, jointly sponsored by Amplifon and On Site Computer Services and Sales, was held. Obviously I wasn’t here but it sounds as though it was a good tournament which was won by Dave Shirley. I was pleased to see that some of the newer bowlers were competing.
As I write this a Youth tournament is being played at the club but I don’t yet have the results. I’ll cover that next week.