Calgary Lawn Bowling Club did a marvelous job hosting the Canadian Senior Triples Championships last week! The weather became very challenging but the warmth of the hospitality, the great lunches and continual snacks and the tight competition among the teams kept the players foraging ahead in their winter jackets, toques and mittens and armed with hand warmers. Check out the marvelous final video they had produced: 2018 Cnd Sr. Triples Championships.
Our women’s teams had a tremendous week as both teams got to stand on the podium when the competition came to a close! Congratulations to Janette Mackie, Cathy Dallas and Christine Adams on the Gold and to Margaret Bruce, Sharon Brunelle and Cathy Wieliczko on winning the Bronze.
A huge congratulations to the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club, its Host Committee members and all the volunteers that made the Championships a most outstanding event!
Thank you to Stanley Park for hosting the Indoor Singles championships this year. Great games were played on their superb greens and the volunteers helped mark the games as well as provide great lunches and snacks.
Congratulations to Jan Robinson and Greg Wilson who both won GOLD again after winning the outdoor singles earlier this season. The other medalists for the women were Claire Day taking the Silver and Pauline Wong securing the Bronze. For the men, Mike O’Reilly won the Silver and Pat Bird took the Bronze.
Off to represent AB at the Canadian Indoor Singles Championships held the end of October at the Pacific Indoor Club in Vancouver are Jan, Claire, Pauline, Greg and Mike. Bowls Alberta acknowledges the generous support we receive from the Edmonton Indoor Club to send the players to the Championships.
The Indoor Singles Championships are set for this weekend beginning Friday evening, Sept. 7 at the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club in Calgary. For further information check out the Next Tournament Information Page.
7 Women and 11 Men will be competing for the opportunity to represent AB at the Canadian Indoor Singles Championships being held Oct. 22 – 27 at the Pacific Indoor Lawn Bowling Club in Vancouver. The medal rounds will be held on Sunday afternoon and is bound to feature some close exciting matches. Plan to come out and cheer on the players!
Much has happened since I left the office on August 17 only to return today and I am sorry for the lack of posting of many important events that occurred over that time span. I will attempt to catch up with just a few highlights and links to pages on our website.
First there were the Open Triples held in Calgary and in Edmonton followed the next weekend by the Novice Pairs again held in both Calgary and Edmonton. For the results of those events check out the Provincial Results 2018 page. Participation in the events was great once again offering many of our new bowlers that introduction to competitive bowling. Thank you to the host clubs, Stanley Park, Highlands, Bow Valley and the Royal Lawn Bowling Clubs and the many volunteers that helped make the events successful.
Meanwhile the Canadian Championships for Pairs, Fours and Singles were held in Regina from August 22 to 29. AB sent two women’s pairs and one men’s pairs teams along with one women’s and one men’s fours teams. Five of the players attending for pairs and fours stayed on for the last four days to represent AB in the Singles competition along with one additional player. I hope you followed the results on the Bowls Canada website or on Facebook! Many pictures were also posted on Facebook by both Bowls Canada and the Regina Lawn Bowling Club. You can check some out on the BCB Facebook page here.
Our AB players did great taking home two Gold medals and one Silver medal in pairs! Our women’s fours team played strong and came away with fourth. Our women’s team also took home the Lady Alexander trophy awarded to the team that secured the most points during the round robin tournament! In the Singles we came up against some strong competition in certain pools, struggled through some games, and our overall outcome was down from previous years. A fourth in the women’s side was the top achievement. Congratulations to all the players for their great playing, sportsmanship and great results.
Our six young people that competed in the Canadian Youth Championships this year not only gained lots of great experience but created a terrific stir. Spectators stopped to watch and ask who the players were. The ‘curlers’ impressed many of their peers. Our coaches were very proud of all the players! And parents and grandparents came home from Winnipeg with huge grins and wonderful stories to tell.
‘Talk to a coach, a parent, a grandparent, or one of the players and get a first hand report! Otherwise you’ll have to wait for our next newsletter and we’ll provide further details then. Enjoy some pictures of the event below. But for a full ‘album’ of pictures check out the Bowls Canada Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/BCBOfficial/
The Northern and Southern Triples Tournaments were held this past weekend. The smoky air almost cancelled the events but a good breeze in Edmonton improved the air quality and the Calgary competitors were a very hardy bunch. Thank you to the Highlands and the Stanley Park clubs for hosting the events.
And the winners were: Gerald Hoffe, Pat Vos and Shannon Ross Watson for the Northern event and Dwayne Hauck, Justin Dusablon and Mike O’Reilly for the Southern event. Congratulations to all the players! For further results see the Provincial Results page: https://bowlsalberta.com/events/provincial-results/
Eight teams competed in the 2018 Mixed Pairs Championships this year, a small fraction of past years! But competition was still fierce, the weather was memorable, and no one was around but the players and the umpire and drawmaster when it was all over. A much different tournament than most in many ways!
Kieth Wylie, playing with Shannon Roden, took the Gold and hoisted the President’s Mixed Pairs Championship trophy. They will represent AB at the Canadian Mixed Pairs Championships being held the 2nd week of September in Qualicum Beach, BC. This will be Shannon’s first experience at a national event!
Two of our veterans, Roger Allen and Julie Ford, took the Silver.
Kevin Dusablon, with his wife Brittany as lead, took the Bronze. This is their first medal performance in our province and was Brittany’s first provincial tournament.
Commonwealth Club in Edmonton is set to host the provincial Mixed Pairs Championships this coming weekend. For further information and for the preliminary draw see the Next Tournament Information Page.
Plan to drop by and enjoy the games. The Gold medalists of this Championship get to represent AB at the Canadian Mixed Pairs Championship being held in Qualicum Beach in September.
Good luck to the 8 registered teams!
A huge shout out to Barb and Kenny (Specialty Turf Care) who hosted another classy tournament this past weekend at the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club. This tournament might not be the largest in Alberta in participant numbers but it is the largest and best AB tournament in regards to sponsorship and prize money awarded and in attraction of players from a variety of clubs and even provinces! Probably the loudest one as well when you factor in the excitement of the players and the fabulous music! A fantastic time was had by all the players! Thank you Barb, Ken, the family of Derek who helped out in a variety of ways, and to Calgary Lawn BC.