Fair Weather for Lawn Bowlers


Reporting: Linda Hawken, VP Norwich LBC
Photo Credit: Nev Williams, Norwich LBC

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!

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