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.
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)
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