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)
Well, since the only men present on July 3rd were those in the kitchen, preparing the green or in the office, it’s not surprising that all winners at the Ladies’ Pairs tournament were all ladies. It was hosted by Marie-Jose Vanderhaegen and Oxford InstaShade and welcomed ten teams from Thamesford, Embro, Aylmer, Stratford, St George and of course Norwich.
As usual at this event, a delicious meal (cold cuts thanks to Norwich Packers) was prepared by the ladies of the club and served by Graham Darmon, Henk Couwenberg and Roger Abraham. These men also cleaned up after the meal too! Tony Hawken was the Drawmaster for the day, assisted by Roger Abraham, and did a fine job of getting teams paired up in a timely manner for each of the three 12-end games.
Winning the tournament, with three wins and 48+9 points, was the Thamesford team of Sue Roth and Deanna Palmer. With 2 wins were the following teams: 2nd place – Brenda Darmon and Marilyn Robillard of Norwich (41 points), 3rd place – Roberta Wilson and Corrie Hooghiem of Aylmer (36+5 points) and 4th place – Donna McLellan and Candace Teetzel also of Norwich (33+7 points). With one win and the highest number of aggregate points (32+3), in 5th place were Linda Hawken (Norwich) and Lesley Kurn (Stratford).
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!