Canadian U18 and U25 Championships
The championships, sponsored by MVP Sports, started on August 1st and Cobourg had three competitors. Jacob Hyatt was playing in the U18 event and in the U25 we had Ben van Steijn and Emmalee Smith. We were kept up to date with events as they unfolded, thanks to regular Facebook posts and photos from Sarah van Steijn. All three players represented themselves and our club in excellent fashion. Ben was unlucky not to qualify from the round robin but Jacob and Emmalee both qualified in their events. Jacob qualified for the last six but could not quite make it into the medal games. It was a great performance from him though in his first national championship. Emmalee made it to the bronze medal match but just lost out 17-21.
Ontario Mixed Pairs Championships
On August 6-7 we hosted the Ontario mixed pairs. Sixteen teams were in action and the format was double knock-out which meant as soon as you lost one game you dropped to the B side of the draw. It was impossible to win gold after one loss but still possible to win silver which would be good enough to qualify for the national championships as the Ontario B team.
It was disappointing therefore that in their first game, Baylee vanSteijn (Cobourg) and Jake Masterson (Peterborough), lost to one of the favourites, Zwiers and Lancaster 8-21. The pressure was on after that but on a blistering hot weekend they showed they have cool heads on young shoulders by going undefeated throughout the rest of the championships. They reeled off 4 consecutive wins after that before meeting the Zwiers and Lancaster team again in the silver medal match. This time there was no mistake and they won 18-11 to the delight of the home crowd. A great performance and they are the youngest bowlers to ever win the silver medal.
District 14 Senior Playdowns
The playdowns were held in Cobourg on Tuesday August 9th. There were only two entries, both from Cobourg. Mary Salter, Carol Dewey and Mary Thibault played against Nan Hendren, Kathleen Shirley and Louisa Arthur. They played the best of three games. After each team had won one game the third game went to an extra end before Mary Salter sealed the win with her very last bowl. They will now play in the Ontario seniors in Midland on August 30-31. The only men’s entry was by Bill, Arthur, Bob Bates and John MacKenzie (Oshawa). They therefore move forward to the provincial seniors in Muskoka.
Mixed Triples open tournament
This tournament, sponsored by Louisa and Bill Arthur, was held on August 11th. Each team had to include a novice, the idea being that it helps to get novices into tournament play by playing wth more experienced players. Ten teams competed. They were from Campbellford, Belleville, Cosburn Park and Cobourg.
There was a late withdrawal by one team and Bill Arthur's team was a late addition to make sure there was an even number of teams but he then had the gall to go and win his own tournament! Bill’s “scratch” team included Gail Cunningham (who bowled very well) and Martin Foxhall. They were the only team with 3 wins scoring 39 points and 21 against. In second place was another Cobourg team; Mary Salter, Carol Dewey and John Ledgerwood.
Club Singles tournament
On Saturday August 13th four ladies and eight men competed for the club singles title.
In the ladies event Carol Dewey and Pat Bylok were tied with 2 wins each in the round robin but Pat was declared winner under the tie break rules.
In the men's event John Ledgerwood (a first year bowler) won his group and played the other group winner, Bill Arthur, in the final. Bill won the final to retain his title for the third consecutive time. Thank you to the sponsors. Carol Dewey for the ladies and Martin Foxhall for the men.