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

Results of the district fours playdown

District 3 – Fours

Wayne Wright -Skip
Jim Roth
Ron Whitehead
Tom Roth
Sue Roth – Skip
Michelle Whitehead
Rita Wright
Laurie Roth


Thanks the the team at Embro LBC for all the work on the greens. Bit damp and cool in the morning for the first game, but the second was good. Greens dried out a bit and the bowls got a better curve to them. Really good bowling by both teams and it all came down to the final bowl of the 16th end of the second game. Congrats to all!

News from the OLBA Board Room

25 March, 2017. From Ken Simpson
Lots of change happening.

The spring general meeting is fast approaching. All OLBA lawn bowlers are invited to attend in Woodstock Saturday the 22nd. of April . There will be vendors and demonstration areas for you to enjoy. This is also a chance to renew your acquaintance with bowlers from across the province.

Delegates need to register now. Please go to the website and register it is easy.

NEW THIS YEAR at the General Meeting
Friday evening April 21st. Ontario Bowers are invited to attend a meet and greet hospitality room at the the hotel from 7 pm to 9 pm. This is a chance for all bowers to meet with the directors and appointees one on one in a pleasant social atmosphere the night before the general meeting.
The hospitality suite is open to official delegates and all Ontario Bowlers who are able to attend.

2018 championships
The OLBA Championship committee has finalized their report concerning the proposed BCB changes for 2018 going forward. The Championship committee received input from many Ontario Bowlers. A copy of the report which has been forwarded to BCB is attached. BCB will take into consideration the input from Ontario and the other provinces and make a final decision concerning the program for 2018 going forward. Report: report to BCB *See Below*

Conditions of play
The championship committee have completed a huge undertaking in redoing the Conditions of play. Hats off to Tom Roth and his committee for the many hours that they have worked on this. The 2017 conditions of play may be seen in detail on the OLBA website. Please note that the Championship committee will be undertaking a complete review of Conditions of play for 2018 to address participation issues and the expected changes for championships coming from BCB. The championship committee will start this process immediately following the Spring general meeting and will be looking for input from Ontario Bowlers at that time. The 2017 conditions of play are posted on the OLBA website.

The new conditions of play have many changes to bring them into line with the BCB conditions of play which are in force at the Nationals. These changes provide two advantages for our athletes. a) they get experience with the rules they will face at the Nationals and b) conforming to BCB officiating and conditions of play helps us qualify for Government grants.

The Ontario conditions of play have been altered to allow TEAM sponsors to have advertising on team clothing. This initiative is designed help Ontario athletes secure sponsors to help defray the cost of competing.

The grants process in Ontario has evolved and required a number of changes and documentation had to be developed and approved by the board. Hats off to Phillip Francis and his committee for working their way through the mountain of paper work and finally achieving this years approval for our organization and member clubs.

The director for Greens Steve St. Pierre and his committee headed by Charlie Roach have set up a seminar for greens keepers to be held April 29 at the Burlington Lawn bowls Club. Please check out the article on our website for more information.


After having very limited response from our competitive players in Ontario the OLBA
Championship Committee has the following recommendations:
We support option #1
1) Elimination of the triples
2) Fours and Pairs for the National Championships with the National Singles at the same venue
following the Fours/Pairs event.
3) Random draw for “wild card teams” from all Provinces
4) Players competing in the National Fours, Pairs and Singles will not be allowed to play in the
Senior and Mixed Pairs events.
5) Multi province teams allowed for the smaller Provinces
6) Age restrictions for all Youth events

Our Concerns and consideration for change:
1) Seniors age limit should be a shorter time to get to age 65, “Grandfather” in those already
playing and get the age up to 65 over 5 years instead of 10.
2) Schedule of events. We feel it is better the leave the Championships where they are in the “calendar
year” to accommodate the weather, teacher and student players.
3) Senior and Mixed Pairs should be held on different dates and kept separateas these are very
popular events in Ontario and gives Players more of a chance to get to the Nationals.
4) BCB should establish a minimum green condition and speed for holding a National Championship and
have available a qualified person to give advice on getting a Host club greens up to the target criteria.
5) BCB should develop a plan for training and compensating umpires for National events.

Tom Roth
OLBA Championship Chair

The End Of An Era

After 114 years in the same location in Ingersoll, Ontario, the Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club held it closing tournament on Friday 2, Sept.  The tournament was a success with 32 bowlers making the best of fast greens and hot sun.

On behalf of the clubs and the bowlers in District 3, a fairwell cake was presented to the Ingersoll club members.


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Soon gone, but long remembered

Soon gone, but long remembered

Norwich Ladies Roll Out on Ingersoll Green

Reporter: Linda Hawken
Seven ladies from Norwich Lawn Bowling Club, making up 3-1/2 teams, took part in the annual Ladies’ Luncheon tournament at Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club on August 23rd. It was sponsored by McKim Home Hardware & McBeath Dynes Funeral Home.
In all, ten teams took part and played three 12-end games – something that hasn’t been done often this hot, humid summer when the games have been shortened for the wellbeing of the players. Other towns represented were Kitchener, Embro, Thamesford, Simcoe and of course Ingersoll.

At the end of play, only one team had won all three games, that of Linda Hawken (Norwich) and Lesley Kurn (Stratford) and they are pictured below.
Foursome: Ingersoll Drawmasters in red, Winners L to R: Lesley Kurn & Linda Hawken
The Norwich team made up of Joy White and Marlene Learn placed second with the highest points and two wins.
With one win and the highest number of points with that result was another Norwich team of Donna McLellan and Candace Teetzel.
High Ag
The ladies of Ingersoll LBC provided wonderfully tempting sweets and coffee in the morning as well as a delicious BBQ lunch with all the trimmings and decadent desserts with lunch and after the second game. A big thanks must go to the Ingersoll cook who did an excellent job at the BBQ with the burgers, as well as to the ladies who provided all the other goodies.

It has been mentioned before in these articles that lawn bowling is not now necessarily played in white clothes and the photo below illustrates that well. There is one team in mint green, one in red and one with blue striped shirts (the single player in the middle with a yellow shirt was playing with a lady from another club). Also notice that the colour of the bowls is not always black or brown – yellow in the middle and blue, second from the right. Other colours that could be seen on the green that day were purple, red and mauve. Having coloured bowls takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding who is ‘shot’ on each ‘end’ and also enables players to see from a distance who is lying ‘shot’ (the bowl closest to the ‘jack’ – a little white bowl which is the “target”).

Lawn bowling lessons are always free and are available at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, with social games starting at 6.30. The club’s own bowls (which are all black or brown) are also free to use while you learn. When you do decide to purchase your own set of four bowls, the cost is much less than a full set of golf clubs. Membership in the club is much more affordable than that of a golf club too.

Worldwide, the sport of lawn bowling embraces an age range of 10 to 110, and what other sport can you think of that can say that? And these age ranges may often be seen on the same green, playing in the same social games, which makes it the ideal family sport. “The Sport for All – The Sport for Life” is one of the Canadian lawn bowling mottoes and it certainly is a well-deserved one.
For more information about the club and/or the sport, call President Kathleen at 519-863-5635 or Vice-President Linda at 519-409-0202.
Meanwhile, the Norwich club has prizes for players with the most points, on a Thursday evening. In August, the results of these were:

August 4th 1st – Roger Abraham won a voucher from The Bakers Shop; 2nd – Kathleen Welch won a Ritchies voucher; 3rd – Brenda Darmon won garden tools courtesy of Oakville Milton Humane Society; 3rd – Kay Couwenberg won a Norma’s coffee voucher;August 18th 1st – Roger Abraham – but declined a prize; 2nd – Donna McLellan won garden tools courtesy of Liquidation City; 3rd – Hank Couwenberg won an Our Gift Shop voucher; 4th – George Lambert but – declined a prize; 5th – Marlene Learn won a NAPA Car kit.
Bowling on the 11th was cancelled due to high temperatures and on the 25th, a BBQ was held with members of the Ingersoll LBC.
Pictured below:Group: L to R: Donna McLellan, Marlene Learn, Ruby Withington, Linda Hawken, Diana May, Joy White, Candace Teetzel (Photo credit Lesley Kurn)