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.


Ladies Luncheon 2017

Ladies Rule at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club

Report & Photo Credit: Linda Hawken

Well, since the only men present on July 3rd were those in the kitchen, preparing the green or in the office, it’s not surprising that all winners at the Ladies’ Pairs tournament were all ladies. It was hosted by Marie-Jose Vanderhaegen and Oxford InstaShade and welcomed ten teams from Thamesford, Embro, Aylmer, Stratford, St George and of course Norwich.

As usual at this event, a delicious meal (cold cuts thanks to Norwich Packers) was prepared by the ladies of the club and served by Graham Darmon, Henk Couwenberg and Roger Abraham. These men also cleaned up after the meal too! Tony Hawken was the Drawmaster for the day, assisted by Roger Abraham, and did a fine job of getting teams paired up in a timely manner for each of the three 12-end games.

Winning the tournament, with three wins and 48+9 points, was the Thamesford team of Sue Roth and Deanna Palmer. With 2 wins were the following teams: 2nd place – Brenda Darmon and Marilyn Robillard of Norwich (41 points), 3rd place – Roberta Wilson and Corrie Hooghiem of Aylmer (36+5 points) and 4th place – Donna McLellan and Candace Teetzel also of Norwich (33+7 points). With one win and the highest number of aggregate points (32+3), in 5th place were Linda Hawken (Norwich) and Lesley Kurn (Stratford).


Norwich Canada District 3 BBQ

Held at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club, the inaugural District 3 BBQ took place on June 29th. In view of the nearness of Canada’s 150 Birthday, most players dressed in red and white. Bowlers attended from Thamesford, Embro, Woodstock and of course Norwich Lawn Bowling Clubs. Looking forward to the next one!
Report and Photos: Linda Hawken




Fair Weather for Lawn Bowlers

Reporting: Linda Hawken, VP Norwich LBC
Photo Credit: Nev Williams, Norwich LBC

Well the weathermen were wrong again but fortunately so for the sixteen teams that met at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club to take part in the White Coad (Lawyers) Tournament played on June the 19th. It was a perfect day for lawn bowling with a mix of sun and clouds and not a drop of rain in sight. Good weather, good friends and a good competitive spirit aplenty!

In the kitchen, keeping the lawn bowlers well supplied with refreshments throughout the day, were Elaine Balpataky and her husband David Joyce.

When three games had been played, two teams had won all of them. With the most points and winners of the tournament were Carman and Clare Morris of Hagersville. In second place, having 10 fewer points than the Morris’, were Jenny and Joe Vries of Embro.

Carmen & Clare Morris, Hagersville LBC

Joe & Jennie Vries, Embro LBC

Richard Learn and his wife Marlene of Norwich placed third, with two wins; also with two wins but fewer points was the team of Frank Pring and Anne Harris of Ancaster; another two-game winning team was that of Tony Hawken of Norwich with Ruby DuFeu of Burlington. With one win and the highest number of points for those who also won one game, and taking fifth place were Dave Bell of Ancaster and Laura Ritchie of St George.

3rd Dick & Marlene Learn, Norwich LBC

4th. Frank Pring & Anne Harris, Ancaster LBC

5th. Tony Hawken Nowich LBC & Ruby Defeu, Burlington LBC

Hi-Aggregate. Dave Bell, Ancaster LBC & Laura Ritchie, St. George LBC

Other south-western towns represented by teams in the tournament were Woodstock, Thamesford, Simcoe and Stratford.

Drawmasters for the day were Kathleen Welch and Tony Hawken.

Do you have a mental picture of lawn bowlers? One that includes old people wearing white clothes? Well, you will be in for a surprise if you attend a tournament. Yes, some lawn bowlers still prefer to wear whites but more and more colours are showing up on the greens and both members of a team should be in the same colours. The Canadian National team, for instance, have very distinctive red and white shirts (what else?) and the design changes yearly. Looking at the pictures with this article you will see that white clothes are no long compulsory. Of course, for social lawn bowling sessions – which take place at Norwich LBC on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm – anything casual goes but flat-soled shoes are a must for the sake of the grass.

If you would like to learn more about lawn bowling or find out more about the Norwich club, call Kathleen on 519-863-5635 or Linda on 519-409-0202. Lessons are always free and you may use the club’s bowls while you are learning the game. It’s a great one for all ages from 9 to 99 and family groups are always welcome. Lawn Bowling – The Game for Life!

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Here We Roll Again!

Report written by: Linda Hawken, VP, NLBC

Norwich Lawn Bowling Club held its first tournament of the 2017 season on Wednesday May 24th, sponsored by Old Theatre Flowers of Norwich who provided beautiful floral arrangements and plants as part of the prizes awarded. Despite a rainy forecast, the day turned out perfect for rolling those bowls down the green to see who could come closest to the little white jack, the target. Often, that bowl was replaced by one delivered by another on the opposing team, but that’s the way the game goes! It’s never over until the last bowl has reached the opposite end of the green.

Sixteen teams from around clubs in the District (there are 16 Districts in Ontario) attended and the Norwich club was well-represented as well. Three games of 12 ends were played over the course of the day.

The following teams ended up at the top of the scoreboard.

In first place were Gary Moore (Woodstock) and his partner Deanna Palmer (Thamesford) who managed to win all 3 games and had the highest total number of points: 44.
Second place went to Frank Pring (Ancaster) and Carol Broughton (Hagersville) also with 3 wins but only 40 points.
Third place went to Dave Bell (Port Dalhousie) and Katherine Smith (Ancaster) with 2 wins and 46+8 points.
In fourth place were Laura Ritchie and Jan McLean (St George) who had 2 wins with 41+4 points.
The team achieving the highest aggregate number of points over 3 games but with only 1 win was the Norwich team of Graham & Brenda Darmon who had 40+1 points.

You may be wondering how a team can achieve a score with a plus (+). Over the course of a game, lawn bowling rules specify that there is a maximum number of points that can be scored. That number is determined by multiplying the number of ends played in each game (in this case 12) by 1.5, resulting in a score of 22. Thus, a team that scores over 22 points in a game would score 22+x, ‘x’ being the number of points over 22 that were actually achieved.

If all that sounds complicated to you, don’t worry – help it at hand. Attend any of our evening social lawn bowling sessions, starting at 7 pm, and free instructions will be given as well as an introduction to how the game is played. Until you’ve been lawn bowling for a season or more, you probably won’t have to worry too much about how the scoring is done as you’ll be on a team, but it’s always nice to know as much as you can about a game when you get to enjoy it as much as you are sure to do with this one.

For more information about the club or the game of lawn bowling, call Kathleen on 519-863-5635 or Linda on 519-409-0202.