President - Steve Haslam
Past President - Louisa Arthur
Vice President - Nan Hendren
Treasurer - Donna Ball
Recording Secretary - Dave Randall
Corresponding Secretary - Sharyl Ann Milligan
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At the Fall meeting held in September members voted in the new Executive Committee as follows:
President - Steve Haslam
Past President - Louisa Arthur
Vice President - Nan Hendren
Treasurer - Donna Ball
Recording Secretary - Dave Randall
Corresponding Secretary - Sharyl Ann Milligan
Our season came to an end on Saturday September 26th and we celebrated with a pot luck lunch prior to the final club jitney. It was a wonderfully warm and sunny day on which to conclude what has been a very successful season for the club in every way.
The first success for the club this year (and the most important) was an increase in the number of members. The Spring Open House and the free new bowler lessons in June were of paramount importance in getting people through the club gates and introducing them to the sport and fortunately many new members were recruited after enjoying their trial lessons. Overall the club recruited 21 new members, 15 of whom were brand new bowlers. This was a very significant success in the overall context of declining membership at Ontario clubs.
Another success was the condition of our greens. True and fast greens make it easier for new bowlers to learn the game and put an emphasis on skill rather than strength. Good greens also encourage players from other clubs to enter Cobourg tournaments because they know they will experience excellent conditions. The credit for that goes to greens keepers Ralph Stoffers and Mike Hendren who, with a small team of volunteers, put in many hours to achieve such good results. The playing conditions plus the club’s wonderful location in Victoria Park with the views out to the lake make it arguably the best lawn bowling location in Ontario and that is reflected in a 33% increase since 2013 in the number of players entering the club’s open tournaments.
On the playing side there has also been much success and at club level the Labour Day mixed pairs open tournament was the highlight with club teams taking five of the six prizes that day, a result not seen for many a year. In eight of the nine open tournaments held Cobourg teams were in the prize money, an excellent result given the top quality of visiting teams.
However the big playing successes of the season were Martin Foxhall and two of the club juniors, Ben and Baylee van Steijn. Martin Foxhall was a member of the District 11 mens fours team which won the Ontario gold medal and which represented Ontario at the Canadian national championships where they finished fourth. Ben van Steijn won the Ontario under 18 gold medal and Baylee the under 18 silver medal. That qualified both siblings for the Canadian championships in Saskatoon where they finished fifth and fourth respectively. Baylee also won the Ontario girls bowler of the year award for the second year in succession.
None of these successes would be possible without a good foundation of club and open tournaments. And those tournaments could not go ahead without the support of our sponsors to whom we are very grateful. The club is fortunate to have some long term sponsors such as James Gordon Insurance, MacCoubrey Funeral Homes, Scotiabank, the Wicks family, Reg Ward Insurance, Martin Foxhall, Pharmacy 101, HTM Insurance, Thomas Buick GMC, Rona Cashway, and Meet at 66 King Street. In the last few years the club has also been fortunate to have new sponsors in Spectacular Water Systems, On Site Computer Support and Sales, Hogans Hearing Aid Centres, Amica at Quinte Gardens, Rosewood Estates, we fix u physiotherapy and foot care, Lauria Hyundai, Cobourg Hearing Centre and Dan and Sharyl Ann Milligan. Finally MVP Sports and Cobourg Buy and Sell have been strong supporters of the junior tournaments.
The final jitney of the season was two ten end games and before the game was played members took part in a traditional “spider” where everybody rolls one bowl towards a jack in the centre of the green. The two prizes were won by Eve Gorringe and Ken Wren. The jitney winners with two wins and 27 points were Bill Arthur, Marlene Randall and Carl Ferguson.
Whenever prize money is awarded at jitneys the members of the winning team get three points , two points for second and one for third and the standings are reported on this site. For the first time since we started doing this we have a rookie winner! Congratulations to Ken Wren.
If you would like to continue bowling during the winter then you can do so at the Cobourg Short Mat club (which is affiliated to the lawn bowling club). That club meets at the Cobourg Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting on October 8th. For more information contact Ralph Hewitt (Tel 905 377 1522)
Finally, good luck to our 2016 President, Steve Haslam and thank you to our outgoing President Louisa Arthur for a great year. We'll do it all again in 2016.
We held our final open tournament of the season on Thursday September 10th . It was an open pairs tournament, sponsored by MacCoubrey Funeral Homes and what a climax it was to the tournament season with top bowlers competing in a tournament that was described “as being as good as Provincial finals”. That was because of the presence of a number of Ontario champions.
Cobourg’s Martin Foxhall and Steve Haslam were the title holders but Steve was unable to play this year and Martin was partnered by Fred Stringer who was a past President of the club before moving away from the area.
In addition to five home teams there were entries from eleven away teams from Peterborough, Oshawa, Campbellford, Cosburn Park (Toronto), Kingston and Bobcaygeon. The weather was perfect for lawn bowling and the greens, which have been much praised by visitors this season were running very fast which rewards good play.
Whenever Rob and Dave Steffen from Oshawa are competing their opponents know the going will be tough and that the Steffens will be favourites to win. The tournament format was three twelve end games and the draw for the first round was favourable to the rest of the field in that it pitched the Steffens against another hotly fancied team of Steve Nelson (an ex Team USA player) and Bob Matthews. The Steffens won that game by 16-12.
The five Cobourg teams all had first round wins with Martin Foxhall winning 18-3; Ron Covert and Dave Hickey 15-12; Roy Thorneycroft and Janet Taylor 15-12; Bill and Louisa Arthur 13-8; and Dave Shirley and Bob Rimmer (visiting from Bobcaygeon) 12-5. However only the Arthurs were able to record a second round victory. In the final round they played the Peterborough team of Bob Reynolds and Al Handlechner and despite some good play lost out 14-5 to their more vastly experienced opponents.
That victory left the Peterborough team with a record of 3 wins and 44 points and to stand any chance of winning the trophy they needed a low scoring game between the other unbeaten teams – the Steffens and Bob Bates team from Cosburn Park. However that did not happen, the Steffens winning by 14-10 to take the trophy with 3 wins and 48 points to bring the curtain down on a fine season of tournament bowling.
The full result is on the results page
The Club experienced its most successful open tournament of the season on Labour Day with club teams taking five out of the six prizes.
The format for the mixed pairs tournament, sponsored by Rosewood Estates, was 2-4-2. Eight Cobourg teams competed against top class opposition from, Georgina, Peterborough, Campbellford, Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering, and Port Hope. There should have been ten Cobourg teams but unfortunately illness meant two teams had to drop out on the morning of the tournament. So we were two teams short of the maximum numbers for this ever popular tournament.
The tournament would normally be three twelve end games but with the forecast of a humidex of 37C we decided to reduce each game to ten ends - a decision welcomed by the players.
The Cobourg teams were off to a great start with six of them winning their first round games and four of them recording the maximum score. However that did mean that those four teams would be paired in the second round games. In tight games Ben van Steijn and Marilyn McMillan beat Bill and Louisa Arthur 11-7 and Dave and Kathleen Shirley beat Eve Gorringe and Roy Thorneycroft 12-11. The two other Cobourg winners from the first round, Dave Carleton and Sarah van Steijn and Bob and Ann Tough both won their second round games easily which meant that the top two games in the final round featured the Cobourg teams of the Shirleys, the Toughs, Ben and Marilyn and Dave and Sarah. The only other team with two wins which could possibly stop a Cobourg victory was that of Stan and Sheryl Zuly of Port Hope but they were defeated in their final game by Eve Gorringe and Roy Thorneycroft.
With a runaway victory by 11-3 Ben and Marilyn defeated Dave and Sarah to claim the trophy with 3 wins and 37 points. The Toughs beat the Shirleys 7-5 to finish second with 3 wins and 34 points.
Final round wins for Eve Gorringe and Roy Thorneycroft and for the Arthurs meant that they finished third and fifth. The only “away” team to finish in the top five (in fourth place) was Terry Taylor and Judy Anderson of Georgina.
To complete a great day Ron Covert and Helen Beaton took the one game high prize.
This is the end of my sixth season at the club and I cannot recall such a successful result for the club in an open tournament in that time. I think it reflects the increased number of members playing in opens and the improvement that they gain from doing so.
Full results and photos are on the respective pages. Click the links.
On Saturday September 5th the last in club tournament of the season was held.
The Sadie Hawkins tournament is traditionally the club tournament season closer and very much a fun event. Club members enthusiastically entered into the Sadie Hawkins theme with some very colorful clothing and some fine hats (Ann Tough's being very creative) but that’s as far as it went. There were no lady members chasing men around Victoria Park!
In the last two years the tournament has been bedeviled by rain but no such problems this year. Indeed it was quite the reverse as the hot and humid weather of the last few days made conditions rather uncomfortable and in view of the heat the tournament was reduced from three ten end games to three eight end games.
Ten triples teams competed with different formats in each of the three games. Additionally the usual team positions were reversed with leads playing as skips and skips playing as leads.
In the first game the jack was placed in a certain spot on the green and could not be moved - normal scoring applied. In the second the game was “Yard On” and all bowls within a yard of the jack scored points. The final game was 4321.
It was an inauspicious start for the winning team of Shirley vander Schaaf, Thelma Eastcott and Bill Arthur as they were eight points down in their first game after only 4 ends. However they recovered well to win 10-9 and then went on to win their second game by 7 points. After two rounds the only other team with two wins was Ken Wren, Helen Beaton and Eve Gorringe and those two teams met in the final round to decide the tournament winners. In a close game Shirley's team was down by 4 points going into the final end but scored a maximum ten points to take the trophy.
Thanks as usual to all those members who volunteered in some capacity during the day. Just as a footnote, Bill Arthur was supposed to be on kitchen duty but was asked to play to make up the numbers and not only was he on the winning team , he won first prize in the 50/50. Much better than being on kitchen duty!
For full results click here. For photos click here
Lots of people contributed to a highly successful junior tournament on Saturday August 29th when the club hosted the annual open 4321 junior tournament sponsored by MVP Sports who are great supporters of Canadian junior bowling.
There was a strong field from the home club and from Lindsay, Peterborough, Oshawa, Bobcaygeon and Etobicoke. In all, 37 juniors competed in two groups. Group A consisted of 21 players aged 9-12 and Group B 16 players aged 13-16.
This was a singles tournament and each player played 3 games of 10 ends. The format was 4321 where there are 10 points at stake in each end and the total points after three games determine the standings.
In Group B Braedon Bain of Lindsay was the winner with 109 points but the top player of the day was the Group A winner, Cobourg's Hunter Hogg, aged 8. Hunter accumulated a total of 123 points and not only was that good enough to win his group it meant that he was declared as the overall tournament winner given that he had a higher points total than Bain. A great result for him and a great day for the club with another well run tournament.
Click here for full results and here for photos
Membership is the key to any successful club and we have been very successful this season in recruiting new members and this in turn led to an excellent novices tournament on Thursday August 27th with many new members experiencing tournament play for the first time and some members playing in different positions than they are used to. However, it was not just the new members competing as a novice in lawn bowling is anyone who has played five years or less and this includes junior players.
The format for the tournament which was sponsored once again by Pharmacy 101 was eight teams of triples playing three ten end games and the favorite for the tournament was the team skipped by Ontario junior champion Ben van Steijn. His vice was rookie bowler Ken Bevan and there was another junior and new bowler at lead, Emmalee Smith.
In the first round Judy Hickey’s team were quick off the mark with the biggest win by 13-9 and Ben's was close behind after an 11-8 win. They played each other in the second round and in a close game Ben's team ran out 10-8 winners. After two rounds the only other team with a perfect two wins was that skipped by Dave Hickey and that meant his team would play Ben's for the title. Ben's team closed out that game with a 10-6 win to take the title.
On Sunday August 30th a busy few days finished with the club singles championships. In the ladies competition, sponsored by Reg Ward Insurance, there were two groups of three players and after group round robin games the two group winners contested the final. That was played between Norma Stoffers, who had won this trophy twice before, and Janet Taylor who joined the club this year after a move from BC. Norma got off to a quick start and it looked like an easy win for her. But then Janet pulled up half way through the game and closed the gap to a couple of points. However Norma recovered to win the game 15-9 and reclaim the trophy after missing out last year.
It turned out to be a good day for the Stoffers family as Ralph Stoffers also reclaimed the mens singles championship . In a reversal of last year’s result he finished first with David Brister in second place. This tournament, sponsored by Martin Foxhall, involved five players with each playing four round robin games and it turned out to be a very close affair. After three wins Ralph needed to beat David Brister in his final game to be sure of the trophy but David won that game to finish with a 2-2 record and Ralph with 3-1. That left Ralph waiting on the result of the game between Dave Carleton and rookie Carl Ferguson. If Dave won his game he would also finish with a 3-1 record. But in a notable result for Carl he won 16-6 to finish 2-2.David Brister took second place by virtue of fewer points conceded than Dave and Carl.
Full results and photos are on the respective pages. Just click on the link
The biggest lawn bowling action last week was taking place at the Willowdale club in Toronto where the Canadian National Championships were held and there was local interest as Cobourg’s Martin Foxhall was a member of the Ontario A mens fours team. Martin plays at Vice on this team with Gord Legacy, Steve Millar and Dave Llewellyn.
Nine round robin games were played to determine the top four teams which would compete for medals and the Ontario team made it to the bronze medal game which they narrowly lost to British Columbia. There was some great competition and close games, none more so than on the third day when Ontario played three games against the much fancied teams from Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC (the eventual medallists). They had an undefeated record against those teams and at the end of the day were well placed to finish high in the standings and qualify for the gold medal game as their last three games were against weaker teams. However there are no certainties and a loss against the Quebec B team left them with a 6-2-1 record and fourth place which meant they would play for bronze.
In the bronze medal game against BC they were down 14-2 after nine ends, pulled back to level the game before finally losing in an extra end. Despite the disappointment in finishing fourth this was a great performance and an improvement on their previous appearance at the Nationals two years ago.
I spent an afternoon at Willowdale and enjoyed some great bowling from the competitors. I was primarily following Martin's team against Alberta and below is a slide show of pictures from that game and from the Ontario B game
Our luck with the weather finally ran out on Thursday August 20th when rain led to a shortened open mixed triples tournament.
It was a close call as to whether the tournament, sponsored by Scotiabank, would actually go ahead but after much analysis of the weather forecast we decided to do so. The tournament would normally have been three twelve end games but given the weather forecast it was curtailed to ten end games and if rain stopped play the tournament would be decided on the scores after two games. And that is exactly what happened.
After two games the rain started to fall heavily and once puddles started to form on the greens there was no option but to call off the third game. At that point the leading team was that of David Saliba, Cara Booth and Tammy Browes Bugden from Pickering with two wins and 28 points. Cobourg’s recent record in open tournaments was maintained with Roy Thorneycroft, Janet Taylor and Dianne Lauder finishing only two points behind to take second place. A fine performance which meant that Roy has a first and second place in his last two opens and Dianne a second and third.
Having recruited an extra Cobourg team at short notice to make up even numbers it was unfortunate that one of the visiting teams had entered the same team under two names and that we then had to ask the Cobourg team to drop out. Our apologies to those members affected.
A great day for the club on Saturday August 15th as two of our teams took top three places in an open mixed pairs. Roy Thorneycroft and Eve Gorringe were winners with Ralph Stofffers and Dianne Lauder taking third place. The tournament had the maximum number of twenty four entries with seven Cobourg teams and seventeen visiting teams from Oshawa, Whitby, Peterborough, Campbellford, Georgina, Port Hope, Balmy Beach (Toronto) and Niagara on the Lake competing for the trophy which was sponsored by Amica at Quinte Gardens.
On the Friday afternoon prior to the tournament there were some worried looks from Ralph Stoffers as the south green was under 3 inches of water after the powerful storm that passed through Cobourg. However by late Friday evening the outlook was much better as the greens began to drain and fortunately there was no overnight rain and by start of play the greens were excellent although a little soft.
Each team played three twelve end games and the Cobourg teams got off to a great start with five of them winning their first round games. There were some very high scores in the first round and that was important for any team with hopes of winning the tournament as three teams would have three wins and therefore the accumulated points would decide the standings. And that is exactly what Roy and Eve did by scoring a maximum 18 points in the first round. Dave Carleton and Nan Hendren also won their first round game with a maximum 18 points but could not maintain that form into the second round. Ralph and Dianne had a closer game and won 11-6. Unfortunately the other first round winners from Cobourg, Bob and Ann Tough and Bill and Louisa Arthur were paired against each other in the second round. The Toughs triumphed 16-10 which meant they would challenge for the title in the final round. Ralph and Dianne had another close game in the second round but got their second win by 14-11. Meanwhile Roy and Eve were increasing their points total to 34 with a 16-4 win.
Going into the third and final round the three Cobourg teams with two wins were drawn apart which raised the possibility of them taking the top three places. However, the Toughs lost their final game by 11-8 to Doug and Nancy Findlay from Niagara on the Lake which dropped them out of the prize money. Ralph and Dianne had another close game which they won 12-9 to finish with 3 wins and third place. In the final round Roy and Eve faced the favourites from Peterborough, Al Handlechner and Jan Young who had accumulated a maximum 36 points. There was a tense finish to that game as the Peterborough team came from two shots behind in the last end to tie the game and an extra end was needed to decide the winners. Roy scored a great winning shot in the extra end to claim the win and the title for the Cobourg team.
Off the greens it was another fine performance by all the members working in the club house (Norma, John, Marlene, Gerry, Donna, Judy and Fran - hope I didn't forget someone). Without all their hard work we would not have had such a well run tournament.
The full result is on the results page and photos on the photos page.