Snowball Season Closer at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club

Report by: Linda Hawken, VP Norwich LBC
 
No, Winter is not upon us yet but September 11th saw the final tournament of the 2017 season at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club, a Snowball format sponsored by Tillsonburg Retirement Residence.  The Snowball (triples) format is one where, instead of each of the three members of a team playing the same position throughout all games, each one plays four ends in each of the three positions –  Lead, Vice and Skip – for a total of 12 ends per game.   Normally, a player assumes the role of one of these positions in all the tournaments in which he plays, so having a chance to play in the two other positions gives them a better idea of what’s involved and a greater understanding of the challenges each presents.
On a beautiful early Fall day, ten teams took part in the tournament.  They came from Stratford, Fairmont (London), Ancaster, Burlington, St George, Woodstock, Thamesford, Hagersville, Embro, Simcoe and of course Norwich.
The overall winner was the husband and wife team of Peter and Lesley Kurn of Stratford along with Everett Zwiers of Fairmont who accumulated 47+2 points and won all three games.  Second place went to another mixed-town team:  Tom Hoffman from Ancaster, Ruby DuFeu of Burlington with Anne Harris of Ancaster who had 44+1 points and won two games.  The St George team of Laura Ritchie, Dave Bell and Jan McLean came in third place, having a total of 42 points with two wins.  Also with two wins and in fourth place was the mixed-town team of Gary Moore of Woodstock with Deanna Palmer and Ron Gregory of Thamesford who achieved 38 points.  Fifth place went to the Hagersville team of George Gyokery, Linda and Gary Fisher who had the most points of the one-game winners, 38.
Pictured below are (L to R):  Ron Gregory, Gary Moore, Deanna Palmer (Thamesford/Woodstock); Debbie Smits, Tillsonburg Retirement Residence representative; Peter & Lesley Kurn, Everett Zwies (Stratford/Fairmont); Gary Fisher, George Gyokery, Linda Fisher (Hagersville); Laura Ritchie, Dave Bell, Jan McLean (St George); Ann Harris (Ancaster), Ruby DuFeu (Burlington) and Tom Hoffman (Ancaster).

BBQ and Lawn Bowling – How Good Can It Get?!

Linda Hawken, VP Norwich Lawn Bowling Club

Norwich Packers once again sponsored Norwich Lawn Bowling Club’s annual BBQ tournament on Wednesday August 15th where all the players enjoyed a luncheon BBQ with salads and dessert provided by the club’s members. Once more, 16 teams travelled from across the District to participate, coming from Thamesford, Kitchener, Burlington, St George, Stratford, Pt Dalhousie, Aylmer, Embro, Simcoe and London.
Sisters Diana May and Ruby Withington were on kitchen duty, providing cooling drinks throughout the day while Nev Williams manned the BBQ to provide delicious Norwich Packer burgers. The Drawmaster for the day was President Kathleen Welch.
Three 12-end games were played and two teams won all of them. In first place were Ron Gregory and Deanna Palmer from Thamesford with 45 points; second were Barry Parker of Kitchener (Heritage Greens) and Ruby DuFeu of Burlington with 39 points. Coming in third were Tony Hawken and Marlene Learn of Norwich with two wins and a total of 40 points. Fourth place went to Tilly Mannen and Eleanor McDonnell from St George who had two wins and 38 points. Also with two wins were Peter and Lesley Kurn from Stratford who had 35 points and came fifth. With one win and the high aggregate points was the team of Dave Bell of Pt Dalhousie and Sandy Ronson of London (Fairmont), scoring 38 points.


Norwich Lawn Bowlers At It Again!

Reporting, Linda Hawken, VP, Norwich Lawn Bowing Club

Yet another fairly new format of play was enjoyed by sixteen teams on the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club’s green on July 26th, sponsored by the First Ontario Credit Union. The day’s Drawmaster Tony Hawken introduced the game of “Four Games, Three Bowls” a year ago and it was so popular the club decided to run it again this year.

A normal tournament comprises three games in which each player delivers four bowls. With four games and only three bowls each, players deliver the same number of bowls only over a greater number of games and ensuring that there is only one four-game winner. This makes for more work for the Drawmaster but there were no complaints and the day was enjoyed by all.

Brenda and Graham Darmon were on kitchen duty for this tournament and provided much-appreciated snacks and coffee before play began with goodies and punch at lunchtime.

Teams attended from Aylmer, Burlington, Caledonia, Embro, Heritage Greens (Kitchener), St George, Woodstock, Thamesford and, of course, Norwich.

When four games had been played, the team of Roberta Wilson and Heather Johnson from Aylmer had won them all with total points of 62. In second place was the husband-and-wife team of Norm and Mary Smith from Kitchener with three wins and 54 points. With the same number of points (47), two teams were very close for third place but Nev Williams and Donna McLellan (Norwich) managed to keep the points scored against them to 41 while Joe and Jenny Vries of Embro had 42 points scored against them and came in fourth place. Richard Learn and wife Marlene (Norwich) came fifth with two wins and 55 points. Also with two wins was Tilly Mannen and her partner from St George who had a score of 48+1 points. Finally, with one win and the high number of aggregate points (49+6) were Gary Moore (Woodstock) and Deanna Palmer (Thamesford).

The lawn bowling season has just about reached its mid-point but it’s not too late to come out and try it. Social lawn bowling sessions take place at the Norwich club, on Stover Street with parking off Carmen Street, every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7 pm (plan to arrive at 6.45). Please wear flat-soles shoes (eg sneakers) to protect the grass. As you can see from the photo below, “whites” are not compulsory. Beginners will receive free instruction and use of the club’s bowls while learning.

Lawn bowling – it’s like curling, on grass!

More information can be obtained by calling Kathleen on 519-863-5635 or Linda on 519-409-0202. Or visit the club’s website at www.norwichlawnbowling.ca or this informative site www.trybowls.ca.

Pictured, L to R: Gary Moore & Deanna Palmer, Norm & Mary Smith, Donna McLellan & Nev Williams, (in back) Jenny & Joe Vries, (in back) Richard & Marlene Learn. In the front row: Roberta Wilson & Heather Johnson, Tillie Mannen & Jan McLean.

Photo Credit: Linda Hawken


Aussie Rules on Norwich Lawn Bowling Club Greens

Linda Hawken, VP Norwich Lawnbowling Club

Preston Cycles of Norwich once more sponsored a tournament at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club, this time an Australian Pairs one on July 12th. (For an explanation of this game, see the final large paragraph of this article.) Despite forecasts to the contrary, thunderstorms did not appear, for which the players were thankful, however a few showers dampened them but certainly didn’t deter from play.

Fourteen teams from across southwestern Ontario – namely Thamesford, Woodstock, Stratford, Port Dalhouse, Ancaster, Hagersville, St George and of course Norwich – took part. They were served the usual goodies from the kitchen thanks to Kay and Henk Couwenberg. Drawmaster duties were shared between Kathleen Welch, Tony Hawken and Candace Teetzel.

When three games had been played and all the scores had been tallied, the winners were Peter and Lesley Kurn of Stratford with a total of 52+6 points and 3 wins. In second place, also with 3 wins, was the team of Dave Bell (Port Dalhousie) and Katherine Smith (Ancaster) who had 44+3 points. Jim and Sue Roth of Thamesford took third place, winning 2 games and having 50+5 points. Fourth place went to Carman and Clare Morris of Hagersville who also won 2 games and had a total of 45+1 points. In fifth place was the team of Gary Moore (Woodstock) and Deanna Palmer (Thamesford) who had 2 wins and 39 points. The final place, with 1 win and the highest number of aggregate points (32+2) went to Graham and Brenda Darmon of Norwich.

There aren’t many different formats of games to play in lawn bowling apart from singles, pairs, triples and fours, all of which are self-explanatory. But the game of Australian Pairs is one of those differences. In this formant, teams play as pairs. In a normal pairs game, the Lead (first player) would bowl all four of their bowls, alternating with the Lead on the other team. They would then change ends with their Skips (‘captain’ of the team) who would then bowl all four of their bowls, again playing alternately. However, in Australian Pairs (sometimes known as 2-4-2) Leads alternately deliver two bowls, then change ends with their Skips who bowl all four of their bowls, the players again change ends and the Leads deliver their final two bowls. This order remains the same throughout the game but on every other end, the team players exchange positions whereby Skips would deliver the first two bowls, Leads would deliver four and then the Skips deliver the final two bowls. In other words, there is no real ‘Skip’ in the team as the order in which they bowl changes every other end. It sounds complicated but once a few ends have been played, the confusion is usually sorted. There is more walking involved in this format and that makes for a bit more exercise over the course of the tournament too.

Photo: L to R, back row: Lesley & Peter Kurn (1), Dave Bell & Katherine Smith (2), Sue & Jim Roth (3); front row: Gary Moore & Deanna Palmer (5), Brenda & Graham Darmon (6). Missing: Carman & Clare Morris (4)

Photo credit: Linda Hawken