Great day on the greens at Norwich Lawn bowling club! Men’s and Ladies pairs tourny’s running at the same time. Bit of rain, some sun – greens good – great way to spend the day
Thanks to Ruby and Diana for providing the snacks and all the players that helped clear the greens at the end of the day. Great job done by Kathlenn, Candace and Toney as Drawmasters. Kept things moving right along.
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).
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.
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.