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.


Norwich Lawn Bowling 2017 Season Is Starting

Norwich Lawn Bowling Club
Rolls Out New Season

Not only is a new season starting at the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club, but it is their 110th Anniversary this year! There aren’t many sporting clubs around now that can say that although many lawn bowling clubs across Canada will be celebrating anniversaries greater than 110 this year.

It seems that the Spring rains are finally giving way to more summer-like weather and what better way to take advantage of the change in weather than to get out in the fresh air and engage in a new sport. One that involves low-impact, non-physical contact exercise, where grandparents may play with their children and grandchildren, men and women play as equals, and a lot of enjoyment is had by all! The Norwich Lawn Bowling Club’s season will begin on Thursday May 18th at 7 pm. Anyone interested in trying the game is welcome to attend.

Lawn bowling is a very simple game to learn but mastering it is something that takes a little more time; time well spent in the friendly company of other like-minded individuals. The only special clothes that are required are flat-soled shoes, like sneakers, to protect the grass surface. There are no special, ‘team’ shirts required and membership dues are extremely reasonable, especially compared to the sport of golf for instance.

Extreme physical fitness is not a requirement of the game either and special equipment is available for those with bending difficulties. Lawn bowlers range in age from 10 to 95 and sometimes compete against each other. There is no running involved but walking is, and we all know how beneficial that is. It is NOT a sport for “old people” and no, white clothes are not compulsory.

To get you started, Norwich LBC will be holding two Open Houses in the next few weeks. The first one is on Saturday May 27th at 2 pm and the second one will be held on Thursday June 1st at 7 pm. Free instruction will be given at these events (and anytime during the season, by arrangement) and light refreshments will be served.

If you haven’t tried lawn bowling, this is the year to start. You’ll be amazed at how much enjoyment you’ll get out of it, not to mention the social aspect of playing in a team of one or two others. People with a competitive streak in them will be pleased to know that tournaments are held throughout Ontario during the summer and playing in them, once you feel you’re ready to do so, is an experience that quite a few Norwich LBC members enjoy.

Lawn bowling is the Sport for Life, the Sport for All – come out and Give it a Try! As part of the ParticipACTION 150 event this year, come to one of the Open Houses, if only to be able to cross one more sport off the list of 150 that are being featured in this national initiative.

For more information about the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club or the sport in general, contact Kathleen on 519-863-5635 or Linda on 519-409-0202.