Looking back 5 months ago today, the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club held it’s first tournament of the season.
It also marked the last time that the “Old Theatre Flowers” mixed pair/women’s pairs would be played in Norwich as the business owners have retired and closed their doors after almost 33 years in business.
The Norwich lawn bowling club would like to thank Don Bruce and Pat McNally for their years of support to the tournament, the club and the community.
We wish them all the best in their retirement.
The Norwich Lawn Bowling Club is looking for a couple clubs to do a friendly competitive challenge exchange program in 2018.
If you know of any clubs who are outgoing, enjoy competition, and want to seek a higher level of awareness in their community to attract media, members and sponsors, have them contact us.
Parameters of these challenge matches can be discussed and negotiated, so this is just a general call for interest from our club to others in our area. (Not restricted to only district 3).
If you want people to follow, you must be willing to lead.
Report by: Linda Hawken, VP Norwich LBC
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).
40+ bowlers enjoyed a friendly 10 end game of bowls and a lovely supper. Great work by the Embro club on hosting this event. Many thanks to you all.
Linda Hawken, VP Norwich Lawn Bowling Club
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.