I'll start at home with the club cut throat tournament (4321). This was sponsored once again by the Culhane/Childs family and we were delighted to have Gerry Childs in attendance to present the prizes.
In this tournament things can change very quickly in each round. In the first round the leader was Al Bell with 43 points, just ahead of Tom Bevan on 42. In the second round Tom had another high score with 40 points, giving him a cumulative score of 82 points two ahead of Al with 80 points. The final round was very competitive and there was an opportunity for some of the lower scorers to come through as the leaders took points off one another. And that's exactly what happened as Al and Tom scored 36 and 26 respectively whilst Kathleen Shirley scored a magnificent 60 points to finish with 115 points. However, it was not quite enough to catch Al Bell who won the tournament with 116 points to Kathleen Shirley's 115. There were only 6 points between the top five players. What a close finish! You can see the full result by clicking here and click here for photos.
Campbellford Mixed Triples Tournament
Nine club members travelled to Campbellford for an open triple tournament. Each team had to include at least one novice. Our three teams were:
Bob Bates, Peter Stuart-Sheppard and Sheri Perkins
Al Gourd, Deb Gourd and Brent Perkins
Ben van Steijn, Jacob Hyatt and Mary Salter
My correspondent (Bob Bates) reports as follows:
Best news to report is a nice showing by Al Gourd (skip), Deb Gourd & Brent Perkins. They were very happy to have won 2 games . . only losing to the tournament winner Rick Barnard in the 2nd game.
Our team of Bob (skipping), Peter & Sheri won our 1st 2 games (2nd in an extra end over Ben, Jake & Mary Salter) before losing to . . you guessed it . . Rick Barnard in game 3.
Sounds like a good tournament with some good bowling from our teams
Ontario Mens Fours Championships
I travelled to Windsor to play in the Ontario Fours Championships with Jake Masterson, John MacKenzie and Rick Lyons. Cobourg was also represented by Martin Foxhall playing with David Llewellyn and Eric and Rob Galipeau. Last year Martin's team won silver. And wouldn't you know it the draw meant that my team had to play Martin's in the first round.
There were 16 teams competing and the format was double knockout. That means if you lose two games you are eliminated and it is imperative to get off to a good start since losing your first game means you have to win every game to stay alive. In a very tight game we lost 11-13 and Martin's team then went on a great run to win their following games quite easily and won the gold medal and qualified for the Canadian Championships. Congratulations to them.
Our team (who have never played together before) responded really well with wins of 17-9, 22-16 and 15-4. That meant one more win and we would be in the silver/bronze game. However our luck ran out and in a very tight game we lost 13-17 to Gary Pickering's team who went on to win silver.
A great weekend and very proud of the team's performance but ultimately disappointing. I have to mention the two young guys on our team, Jake was skipping and played magnificently and Rick was leading and set up some great ends for us. The old guys (John and me) did pretty well as second and vice and overall we were a really good team. We surprised a lot of people.