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!
On June 5th, Norwich Lawn Bowling Club held one of its nine annual tournament, this one hosted by McFarlan Rowland Insurance and the RC Legion Branch 190. Once more, sixteen teams were in attendance so all eight of our rinks were in use. Teams traveled from Ancaster, Port Dalhousie, Hagersville, Thamesford, Woodstock, Aylmer, St Marys, London, Stratford and Kitchener and four local (Norwich) teams competed as well. Despite a foggy start to the day and the threat of afternoon thunderstorms, no delays were encountered due to weather – or anything else, for that matter!
In the kitchen (as well as playing all three games) were Richard and Marlene Learn who did an excellent job as usual, keeping the bowlers well fed between games and at lunch, with snacks, and hydrated with water, punch, tea and coffee.
The Drawmaster for the day, after President Kathleen Welch had welcomed everyone to the tournament, was Tony Hawken who kept the games moving right along which made for a nice early finish to the day.
Leading the pack and winning three games with a score of 45 points were Sue and Jim Roth of Thamesford who placed First.
In second place, also with three wins but 39 points were Nev Williams and Donna McLellan of Norwich.
Third place went to Carman and Clare Morris of Hagersville who won two games and had a points total of 44.
Coming in fourth was another Norwich team – Roger Abraham and Marilyn Robillard – with two wins and 39+5 points.
Peter Kurn and his wife Lesley of Stratford had two wins and 39 points and placed fifth, only being beaten by Roger and Marilyn by the +5 points.
The team with one win and the highest aggregate number of points over the three games was that of Norm and Mary Smith of Kitchener who accumulated 33+7 points.
Lawn bowling has often been compared to curling, except it’s not played on ice and it’s played outdoors. Also, instead of a painted target on the ice, players in lawn bowling aim for a small white ball called the “jack”. A bowl touching the jack has a chalk mark put on it by the team’s captain (called the “Skip”). If that marked bowl should be hit and knocked into the ditch (which borders all four sides of the green and is usually filled with sand), it is left there whereas any other bowl that is delivered and ends up in the ditch is “dead” and removed from the ditch. If the marked bowl is the closest bowl to the jack at the end of play, it is counted as part of the score for that end.
Want more explanation about the game of lawn bowls or want to hear about the Norwich club? Give one of us a call and we’ll be glad to enlighten you or tell you more about the club – Kathleen on 519-863-5635 or Linda on 519-409-0202. Social games are played every Tuesday and Thursday evening, games starting at 7 pm. Directions to the club are on our website: http://www.norwichlawnbowling.ca./ Free instruction will be given as well as use of the club bowls while you learn; please wear flat-soled shoes (sneakers are fine).
On Tuesday September 20, 2016, the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club held the Norwich Packers Mixed Pairs/Ladies Pairs Tournament. This was the makeup date for a tournament that got rained out (yes, we did actually have enough rain one day to cancel a tournament) in August.
Just like the previous week’s tournament, there were 12 teams from across Southwestern Ontario participating, including teams from London, Stratford, Thamesford & Simcoe. It was perfect bowling weather, with the temperature in the mid 20s, although the humidity was still a factor.
At the end of the day, it was the home club team of Nev Williams and Donna McLellan who emerged victorious as the only team with 3 wins. The team of Dave Bell and Sandy Ronson from Fairmont LBC placed second, Joe and Jenny Vries of Embro were 3rd and Peter and Lesley Kurn of Stratford placed fourth. The team of Tony Van den Hurk and Mary Faludi from Simcoe won the 1 game high aggregate prize.
This was the last official district tournament of the 2016 season for the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club. However, later in the week, on Thursday September 22nd , the Norwich LBC members participated in an in-house tournament with prizes donated by Norwich Foodland and Al’s Tirecraft in Burgessville.
Play commenced at 5 pm with 6 teams playing 3 8 end games. There was a light supper provided after the first game and refreshments following the 3rd game while the prizes were presented. So if anyone was walking along Stover Street on Thursday night and wondered why the lawn bowlers were bowling under the lights – now you know.
The winners of this in-house tournament were Brenda Darmon and Candace Teetzel. Richard and Marlene Learn were second and Donna McLellan and Andrew Birdsell placed third.
In addition to the presentation of prizes for the tournament winners, there was a second presentation made to Andrew Birdsell and Graham Darmon. Earlier in September, they were paired together at a club jitney and scored a ‘perfect end’. That means that all 8 of their bowls were closer than any of their opponents. In recognition of this achievement they were each awarded a Big Shot pin. It should be noted that Andrew is a Junior bowler – he is 13 years old. Bowlers many years his senior who have been bowling for more years than Andrew has been alive, have yet to accomplish a perfect end. Well done Andrew & Graham!
The final jitney and end of year meeting for the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club will be held on Thursday September 29th at 5:00 pm. After that, it is just a matter of closing up the clubhouse and waiting for the 2017 season to begin!
As the lawn bowling season winds down, there was still a lot of activity for the members of the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club.
On Monday September 12, 2016, the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club held the Tillsonburg Retirement Residence Tournament. This tournament is unique in that it is a triples event (each team consists of 3 bowlers) and it is a Snowball, meaning that each team member bowls 4 ends in each position – lead, vice & skip. There were 12 teams from across Southwestern Ontario competing in this tournament , including teams from Burlington, Caledonia, Thamesford & St. Marys. For the first time in a long time, it was a pleasant day – with the temperature in the mid 20s, it was perfect bowling weather.
At the end of the day, Debbie Smits, Director of Community Relations at Tillsonburg Retirement Residence was on hand to present the prizes.
1st place: Peter & Lesley Kurn (Stratford) and Everett Zwiers (Fairmont) with 3 wins and 52 + 1 points.
2^nd place: Gary Moore (Woodstock), Deanna Palmer and Marion Payne (Thamesford) with 2 wins and 48 +4 points.
3^rd place: David Ducklow & Marilyn Lancaster (St. Marys) and Dora Mott (Seaforth) with 2 wins and 46 points
4^th place: Graham & Brenda Darmon and George Lambert (Norwich) with 2 wins and 40 points
5^th place: Frank Pring (Caledonia), Neville Williams and Donna McLellan (Norwich) with 1 win and 41 points.
Later in the week, on Thursday September 15^th , 2 pairs from Norwich were among the winners at a ladies pairs tournament and luncheon hosted at the Woodstock Lawn Bowling Club. The team of Marlene Learn and Brenda Darmon came in first, with the team of Donna McLellan and Candace Teetzel in third place.
That evening the Norwich bowlers attended the final BBQ and jitney at the Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club. This is a tradition that had its roots in the bowling season that never was – 2011. That was the year when the bowling green in Norwich was unplayable and the Ingersoll club graciously offered to host the Norwich bowlers for the entire season.
Ever since, the two clubs have taken turns hosting each other for a monthly BBQ and jitney. The August event was hosted at Norwich on the one day where there was torrential rain. The rain meant that there would be no bowling, but that didn’t stop the two groups from gathering for an enjoyable meal.
This past Thursday, the weather cooperated and the bowlers were able to play a 10 end friendly match after dinner. This will be the last such gathering as the Ingersoll Lawn Bowling Club is closing at the end of this season. And while it’s sad to think that this tradition will not be continuing, we know that the friendships made and cemented over the past 5 years will carry through regardless of where we end up!
On Monday September 5^th , 2016, the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club hosted an Open Pairs tournament, sponsored by Jack Links Canada. This is the only Open Pairs, meaning the teams can consist of any 2 bowlers, tournament in the Norwich club’s schedule.
The tournament was well attended with 14 teams from across southern Ontario participating. There were bowlers from Burlington, Caledonia, Cambridge, Elora, Ingersoll, Thamesford, Woodstock, Embro and Simcoe, as well as from Norwich.
And while the calendar said September, the temperature and the humidity sure felt like July. However, the teams all managed to complete the 3 12 end games of the tournament with very little difficulty.
At the end of the day, the winners of the tournament were as follows:
1st place – Bruce & Linda Smith (Burlington) – 3 wins & 45 + 1 points
2nd place – Silver Papais (Ingersoll) & Ron Gregory (Thamesford) – 3 wins & 37 points
3^rd place – Jim Smith & Larry Hewitt (Woodstock) – 2 wins & 43 + 1 points
4th place – Frank Pring (Caledonia) & Nev Williams (Norwich) – 2 wins & 40 +3 points
5th place (High Aggregate) – Donna McLellan & Candace Teetzel (Norwich) – 1 win & 39 +3 points
Candace Teetzel and Nev Williams provided the snacks fruit and cold drinks for the bowlers, while Edith Cavin and her assistant, Kirsten Michie, ensured that the kitchen ran smoothly throughout the day.
Many of the bowlers noted that the Norwich greens were fast and in good shape. Credit for this is given to the greenskeeping skill of Norwich’s James McLellan.
While the season is winding down, club jitneys are continuing until the end of September. With the heat and humidity continuing to be a factor, the club jitneys are continuing to be held in the evening – while it feels like summer, the club will continue to bowl like summer. However, the Thursday jitney this week was cancelled due to the threat of rain, which didn’t actually happen. The skies were ominous and rain appeared imminent, so the decision was made to cancel play.
New bowlers are still welcome to come out and give lawn bowling a try, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 6:15.