After two weeks of jitneys Vince Tamburello leads the standings in evening jitneys and John Hawryszko in daytime jitneys. But don't get too excited guys there is a long way to go.
Our opening week was mainly dry and sunny (until our open house today) although the evenings were rather cool. Nonetheless all our jitneys went ahead with reasonable turn out.
Members will recall that there is no prize money this year with all jitney receipts going into the garage fund. However we are keeping track of the results and will maintain standings for evening jitneys and for daytime jitneys. At the end of the season there will be a prize for whoever tops the respective standings. Obviously some members will feature in both tables but the idea is that we do not penalise those who only play in the evenings and vice versa. Three points are awarded to those on the winning team; two for second place; one for third. The standings after week one are in the attached file. Click to download
For the first news item on the upcoming season I thought it would be good to have a guest correspondent and invited Bob Bates to let us have his personal views on what lies ahead in 2018. Although I demand complete editorial control what follows has not been edited by me!! So over to Bob............
My thoughts on the upcoming Lawn Bowling season
Recently Bill Arthur asked if I would mind doing a write up on my thoughts on the upcoming bowling season. (Although a labour of love I think Bill is getting weary of doing all the write ups for the website & newsletter himself!)
Well . . here goes with my thoughts on the upcoming Lawn Bowling season.
It is the end of April and the weather is finally breaking a little. For most of us the change in seasons means a few changes in our daily routines. More outdoor activity, less bulky clothing and an air of expectancy for a warm summer to come. There is a lot to look forward to with the end of the cold weather.
In my family there was always one major overriding feeling at this time of year . . . . and that was the anticipation of a fun and exciting Lawn Bowling season just around the corner. Of course, it helped that we all bowled . . Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, my brother . . and oh . .not to forget my wife Pat. This year is no different as I am looking forward to being out in the fresh air with friends all summer.
Most members at the club can pack up their equipment in September & then forget about bowls until the following May. However there are a few at the club that don’t have that luxury. The executive and other volunteers have been busy all winter planning & organizing for the upcoming season. As always they will have something for everyone in the schedule. Jitneys during the day & evenings, Junior bowling, Fun Club Tournaments, & Competitive Open Tournaments. (You can certainly get good value for your money when you join a lawn bowling club).
Personally, I only stop thinking about Bowls for about 3 months when the season ends. My main interest in bowls has always been in open tournaments and Provincial Playdowns. I know that if I want to get in to some of the tournaments I like I have to start looking at the upcoming schedule and phoning in entries in January. Even at that early date I end up on some waiting lists. I have cut back a little since coming to Cobourg from Toronto 2 years ago and only have 41 events on my schedule so far for 2018. (Don’t be surprised if you get a call from me to play as its not always easy finding team mates for that many tournaments!)
There are a few changes in the format of Provincial play this year and I am anxious to see how that goes. Here are some of the changes (and I understand the average member doesn’t give a hooey about this . . . but hey . . its my write up!)
Provincial Fours: For the first time ever the OLBA (Ontario Lawn Bowls Assoc) is holding an Open Provincial Playdown.
Provincial Seniors Triples: This year this event is 2-bowl triples.
Provincial Novice Singles: This is a new event altogether
I won’t elaborate here why these changes are all being made this year (Partly because I don’t know!) I would be happy to discuss it with anyone at the club who is interested. Some questions though just always go unanswered. Like . . . Why can Superman stop bullets painlessly with his chest but ducks if you throw a revolver at him?
Apart from my tournament bowling I am really looking forward to getting involved more and helping out around the club in other capacities. At a club such as ours where everything from A to Z is done by volunteer members its important that we all pitch in where we can. At my old club in Toronto (Cosburn Park) we had 160 to 170 members. Even with that larger number we always lacked volunteers to do all the work that needed doing and some things just went undone.
Well, all we need now is to get the temperatures up into the high teens and get the go ahead from the greens crews and the summer fun can begin
Oops . . I just noticed in my calendar I have a 2 week period in August with no tournaments. I better check the Annual to see if I can rectify that! Or just maybe . . . Bill, Ben Carl & I will be in Regina for the Canadian Fours Championships that week ! Now that’s really a thought I like for the upcoming season. [editor's comment - we need to be beware of the Foxhall team in the Fours - just saying]
See you on the greens!
Three club members received civic awards at the awards ceremony at Victoria Hall on Wednesday April 4th.
Ben van Steijn received a Distinguished Civic Award for Curling and Lawn Bowling; Sharyl Ann Milligan received a Distinguished Civic Award for Education & Athletics; and finally Baylee van Steijn received the Layton Dodge Athlete of the Year Award for 2017.
Congratulations to all of them - they are a great representatives of our club.
Photos courtesy of Dan Milligan
The club was delighted to welcome Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland - Peterborough South, to the club today for an announcement about a grant to the club under the new Horizons for Seniors Program. This is a federal program that helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.
The grant will be used to purchase new greens keeping equipment; a new greens mower, an aerator, a ride on mower for cutting the surrounds and a self propelled push mower for surrounds where the ride on mower cannot be used. Additionally some new club bowls will be purchased.
Thanks to President Carol Dewey and Treasurer Donna Ball for their hard work in putting together this grant application. Unfortunately they are both still in Florida so were unable to attend the announcement.
Bill Arthur thanked Kim and the Government and explained how vital this would be to the club.
Apologies for not posting a news blog for several weeks. I've been inundated with phone calls, emails etc wondering when there would be another one (OK not really) but believe it or not there are other things in my life besides bowling. Anyway here goes for the last time this season. As always this is a personal blog and does not necessarily reflect the official views of the club
At the time of writing it is Thanksgiving weekend and it seems like the blink of an eye since Victoria Day when we really got under way. But it is an appropriate time to look back on the season and to be thankful for what it brought.
After a wet spring and early summer it was wonderful to be able to extend the season because of the fine weather that the last few weeks have brought and it was only on Saturday September 30th we finally closed. The shutters have now gone up on the club house and bowling has finished for 2017. However, work has already started to prepare the greens for next season with the primary task being to top dress the greens, an essential task ready for the winter. Greens work will continue for a few weeks as the grass still needs cutting and, inevitably, there will be lots of leaf clearing. I have to express my personal thanks and those of the club to Ralph Stoffers who is giving up the greens after six years. He has made a huge contribution to the club and will be sorely missed. We are grateful that Mike Hendren has agreed to supervise greens work next year but he will need the help of a group of dedicated volunteers if we are to keep the greens as could as they have been for the last few years.
We celebrated 110 years of bowling in Victoria Park this year and to note the occasion a new more modern logo was introduced; new banner signage went up on the club house; a pictorial display of the club’s history was mounted in the club house and CHEX TV did a feature on the club. The highlight of the celebrations was a wonderful anniversary tournament followed by a celebratory dinner. And there was a very nice tribute to the club from the Cobourg Concert Band during one of their Tuesday evening concerts – club members being what the Band describes as their most captive audience.
But of course the main question to ask when reviewing any kind of sporting season is “was it successful?” In terms of membership the answer is “Yes” with basically the same number of members. In terms of enjoyment, physical activity and social interaction the answer is also “Yes”. At the end of the day sport is supposed to be fun. Anybody attending the popular Tuesday night club jitneys will hear lots of laughter, noise and good natured banter as well as seeing some good bowling and that is surely the sign of a successful sports club. Another entertaining (and noisy and sometimes confusing) evening is the Monday night league and thanks go to Donna Ball for organising this again. Not only is it fun but it tests specific bowling skills and I’d encourage more to try it out next year.
But what about bowling success? The answer to that is most certainly “Yes”. One of the club’s longest standing and successful bowlers is Martin Foxhall who was a member of the Ontario fours gold medal winning team. And that team followed up with a silver medal at the Canadian championships in Victoria BC. Bowling siblings Ben and Baylee van Steijn had further successes this year as Ben, in his final year as a junior won gold at the Ontario junior championships. Sixteen year old sister Baylee won bronze at the Ontario championships and followed that with silver in the Canadian junior championships; she is also a member of the Canadian development squad.
Club members were also successful in winning District playdowns in men’s fours, ladies’ fours and ladies’ seniors and thus qualified for Ontario championships but unfortunately could not follow that up with medals at Provincial level despite some excellent performances. At club level there were trophy wins in open tournaments in Cobourg and at other club’s open tournaments, most notably by Bob Bates and Pat Bylok in mixed pairs tournaments and by Ralph Stoffers and Carl Ferguson in men’s pairs.
If you’ve been following the standings on the jitney results you will see that the top jitney player was Bev Sydenham beating Vince Tamburello by one point – well done Bev.
Those were the achievements that grabbed the headlines but what was equally encouraging and a sign of success was to see new bowlers quickly learn and improve and most importantly, enjoy the sport. Also to see second and third year bowlers moving up a level into more serious tournament play and thereby increase their skill and experience levels.
Your Executive Committee is already planning for 2018. The provisional tournament schedule has been entered on the on-line calendar on the web site and the relevant pages will be updated once the schedule is finally agreed. Looking forward to the 2018 season which starts in May, it already looks to be another very busy season as, in addition to the usual round of tournaments, the club has bid to host the Ontario mixed pairs championships. With the lessons learned from hosting the Ontario junior championships in 2016 and with the enthusiastic support of members the club is confident of hosting a really successful championship – given the opportunity.
For the benefit of those who were not at the Fall general meeting I have shown below the members of The Executive Committee as voted for at the meeting.
President – Carol Dewey
Past President – Nan Hendren
Vice President – Bill Arthur
Treasurer – Donna Ball
Correspondence Secretary - Sharyl Ann Milligan
Minute Secretary – Louisa Arthur
There will be challenges ahead (primarily funding for a new garage and maintaining the club house) and the Executive Committee will do their best to meet those challenges under Carol’s leadership. But we do need members to help with various jobs. Please let an EC member know if you can help in any way with any of the jobs that need to be carried out to keep the club running efficiently.
Finally, short may bowling started this week. If you haven’t tried it why not come along to the Cobourg Community Centre. We meet at 1.30 on Tuesday and Thursdays. A new innovation for short mat bowlers has been the formation of the Canadian Short Mat Bowling Association and Canadian championships are being held in Etobicoke in November. We have entered two triples teams (Ralph Hewitt, Mike Place and Dave Jones; and Bill Arthur, Louisa Arthur and Nancy Fargo). Martin Foxhall has also entered all the events. The winners get the opportunity to play in the World Championships in Sweden next year.
Have a great winter whatever you’re doing and roll on May 2018. To remind you of the season just gone here is a pictorial highlights reel
"Singles eh? You either love it or hate. Personally I enjoy it. It's all down to the individual and you cannot come off the green blaming, or congratulating anyone but yourself. It's also excellent practice for leads as it is basically a game of draw"
That quote is from my blog after the District singles and maybe it did something to encourage entries in the club singles which arguably had a stronger field than in the District playdowns.
As the club singles championships were getting underway on Saturday August 19th the sponsor of the men’s event, Martin Foxhall, was preparing to play for gold in the Canadian championships in Victoria. Martin is a member of the Ontario men’s fours team and after winning eight of their ten round robin games they qualified for the gold medal match. Unfortunately they lost that game and finished with the silver medal but it was still a great performance from the team in the week long championships. If he had been in Cobourg Martin would have been delighted with the most successful singles championships the club has had in years and also with the quality of the bowling.
Twelve men competed in four groups of three with each of the group winners proceeding to semi final games. The winners of each game were the first to 15 points with the final being first to 18 points. Three of the favourites, Bob Bates, Ben van Steijn and Carl Ferguson, were drawn in the same group, what sports writers like to call a “group of death” . Carl beat Bob in the opener and Bob then lost to Ben so the position was clear cut – win the last game and qualify for the semi final. Carl continued his fine form to beat Ben.
In the other three groups the surprise winner was second year bowler Wilf Stender who won both his games to qualify. Ralph Stoffers looked to have a relatively easy group but was given tough challenges by Steve Haslam and Mike Place before qualifying. Bill Arthur also had a favourable draw and won his two games easily.
In the first semi final Carl beat Wilf convincingly. In the second semi final long-standing teammates (and frequent combatants) Ralph and Bill played against one another with Bill winning out on this occasion. The final between Carl and Bill swung back and forth with Ferguson fighting his way back from 10-15 and 15-17 to finally win 18-17.
The ladies championship was sponsored by Reg Ward Insurance and eight ladies competed. Players were drawn into two groups of four and the two group winners qualified for the final. The clear favourite was Canadian junior silver medallist Baylee van Steijn and, true to form, she won her group undefeated. The other group was more closely contested but Donna Longman clinched her place in the final with a close win over Sarah van Steijn in her final group game. Donna played a fine game and the final was neck and neck for a long time before Baylee pulled away in the closing stages.
On Thursday August 17th we hosted an open mixed triples which was sponsored by Louisa and me. Eighteen teams competed and in addition to five home teams there were teams from Peterborough, Pickering, Oshawa, Bobcaygeon, Campbellford and Balmy Beach (Toronto).
The favourite from Bobcaygeon was the team of Steve Nelson, Anna Panton and Al Steffen and they won their first two games with the maximum possible points – a cumulative 36.
Going into final round of games the Cobourg team of Bob Bates , Pat Bylok and Helen Beaton were in second place and in third place was my team with Eve Gorringe at vice and and Louisa leading. Bob's team played the Nelson team in the final round and my team team played another two game winner, Rick Barnard’s team from Campbellford. Unfortunately for Cobourg both our teams lost and the Nelson team won the tournament with three wins and 52 points. Full results are on the results page and photos on the photo page
As I write this some of our juniors are playing in Oshawa and I'll let you know how they got on next week and will bring you news of the MVP Sports 4321 junior tournamnet which we are hosting next Sarurday August 26th.
Also on August 26th Carl Ferguson and Mike Place will be competing in the District 14 novices playdowns in Bobcaygeon as will Steve Haslam and Ken Bevan. We wish them the best of luck.
It’s an open tournament day. The scorecards are ready; the greens are ready; the kitchen is organised: so why do I always worry a little when the day comes round. Well there are two reasons. One is the weather. When there is uncertainty about it I first get concerned about overnight bad weather and flooded greens. And then when the tournament is underway will bad weather cause a cancellation? No concerns over that last Saturday when rain and thunderstorms did not materialise.
My other concern is whether everyone will turn up or alternatively will a team turn up when I haven’t had an entry from them? That did happen on Saturday and I’m grateful to Ken Wren and Nancy Fargo for stepping out of the office and kitchen respectively to make up a team and avoid having to turn someone away.
Anyway, enough of my concerns, let’s get back to the bowling.
Bob Bates and Pat Bylok warmed up for the club’s mixed pairs tournament on Saturday August 12th by winning a mixed pairs tournament at Campbellford the previous Tuesday with an impressive 3 wins and 40 points. And they followed it up by winning the Cobourg tournament with 3 wins and an even more impressive points total of 50. They put it down to their new lucky green club shirts!
The tournament was sponsored by Vandermeer Toyota and twenty two teams competed. In addition to nine home club teams there were thirteen visiting teams from Pickering, Oshawa, Peterborough, Campbellford, Lindsay and Georgina.
After two rounds Bob and Pat were already the leading scorers and they played last year’s winners Terry Taylor and Judy Anderson from Georgina in their final game which they won comfortably by 18-7. Louisa and I also won our first two games and were only three points adrift of the leaders going into the final round. After a good start to our game we fell away (don't ask) and lost our final game to finish fourth, one point ahead of Ralph Stoffers and Janet Taylor.
The full result is on the results page and photos on the photo page
The following day, Sunday August 13th Bob and Pat were in action again when I joined them in a mixed triples tournament in Oshawa. However that was to be the end of their current winning streak as we won only one of our three games and finished out of the prize money. Rumours that their winning streak ended because they were playing with me are unfounded! I think it was because we played in the white club shirts!
It’s another busy week coming up with an open mixed triples on Thursday which Louisa and I sponsor and then on Saturday we have the club singles championships. The mens is sponsored by Martin Foxall (painter and decorator extraordinaire – and not a bad bowler) and the ladies is sponsored by Reg Ward Insurance.
See you on the greens
Club members were spread far and wide during the week. Two ladies teams competed in the Ontario senior championships in Almonte; Ben and Baylee van Steijn competed in the Under 18 championships in Dartmouth NS; a ladies team managed to squeeze in a one day tournament in Pickering; and the week finished with the club’s Windmill tournament.
Pride of place goes to 16 year old Baylee van Steijn who continued her remarkable progress on her way to the top of her sport. Two years ago she finished fourth in the junior championships; last year she won bronze and this year she went one better and won silver. It was an almost flawless performance from Baylee as she won her five round robin games before winning her semi final 18-13. If you tuned into Bowls Canada’s live stream you would have seen the second part of her semi final and the whole of the final.
After a slow start in the final Baylee rallied (the commentator on the stream said she must have been encouraged by the tweet I sent lol) but eventually lost 18-8 to Jordan Kos of Saskatchewan. Baylee is pictured receiving her medal from Dartmouth MP Darren Fisher. Brother Ben was not so fortunate in the boys championship. In the round robin he finished with a 4-3 record to finish fourth but only the top two qualified for the semi final. There was gold for Ontario though as Owen Kirby from the Heritage Greens club in Kitchener won the boys championship.
Two teams from Cobourg competed in the Ontario ladies senior championships in Almonte on August 1st. There are no easy games at this level and neither team managed to qualify from their pool. Nonetheless there was some excellent play from them. The team of Dianne Hawryszko, Kathleen Shirley and Nan Hendren gave the eventual gold winners from Ancaster a fright. Leading by four points going into the last end they gave up five in their final game. The team of Carol Dewey, Louisa Arthur and Mary Thibault was the most inexperienced and after tying their opening game they nearly had a famous victory over Willowdale. Two down going into the final end they were sitting with three second bowls but just could not remove the counter from their opponents. Willowdale went on to win silver.
After their exertions in Almonte two of the ladies, Carol Dewey and Kathleen Shirley played with Ann Tough in a ladies’ tournament in Pickering on Thursday August 3rd. After winning their first game the efforts of the week caught up with them and they lost their second game and were out of the prize money.
Carol and Kathleen were back in action at the club’s Windmill tournament on Saturday August 6th as were Dianne Hawryszko and Louisa Arthur. Dianne had some compensation for her loss at the seniors as she skipped her team to victory, ably supported by vice Terry Sutcliffe and lead Melanie Duras
The club Windmill tournament was sponsored by Miracle Ear Canada and by the Cobourg Short Mat Bowling Club. If you wonder why it is called the Windmill tournament it is because in short mat bowling (which many members play at the Cobourg Community Centre in the winter) the bowls have to be rolled around a small windmill placed in the centre of the mat, hence the name of this tournament..
Twelve teams played three eight end games and most games were very close. One exception was Dianne’s team’s first game which they won 12-3 but their second game was won on an extra end tie breaker and their final game was 7-6.
The only other team with three wins was mine. I was playing with Marilyn McMillan (Ralph Hewitt substituted in the second game) and Wilf Stender. Both our second and third games were decided on an extra end tie breaker and we finished with 23 points – only one point behind Dianne’s team.
The full result is on the results page and there are pictures on the photos page.
Have a great week on the greens
Singles eh? You either love it or hate. Personally I enjoy it. It's all down to the individual and you cannot come off the green blaming, or congratulating anyone but yourself. It's also excellent practice for leads as it is basically a game of draw.
On Saturday July 29th there was some serious bowling and competition as the club hosted the District 14 singles playdowns, the qualifier for the Ontario singles championships. The number of entrants was down this year because of clashes with other major events but it did not diminish the competition or the quality of the bowling. From our club were Bob Bates, Carl Ferguson and Bill Arthur and they were joined by Stan Zuly from the Oshawa club in a round robin to determine the winner.
In singles play the winner is the first player to reach 21 points. With each player having four bowls per end the game can in theory be over quite quickly but with well matched players the opposite can happen. And it did on Saturday with each game lasting 2 hours or more so on a hot day there was little respite for the bowlers. I lost track of how many ends I played but I think it was about 70!
In the first round Carl Ferguson (a third year bowler making his debut in this event) put up a good performance against Stan Zuly. Carl took an early lead and looked to be on course for a win but things can change very quickly and Stan got on to short jacks and made a comeback to win 21-14.
In the first all Cobourg game I played Bob Bates and a similar pattern emerged as I fought back from 6-17 to tie the game at 18-18 but Bob recovered to win 21-18.
In the second round Carl had the biggest win of the day defeating Bob 21-5 whereas Stan and I provided the spectators with drama (I wish we hadn't) as, having established a big early lead, I was gradually hauled back by Stan and after nearly three hours of play we were tied at 19-19 before I finally clinched the game.
After two rounds each player had one win and one loss which meant that any of the four players could win. Bob lost his final game to Stan by 21-9 and Carl beat me by the same score which meant that Stan and Carl were tied with two wins. Unfortunately for Carl and the Cobourg club the tie breaker was based on their head to head result and Stan was declared the winner.
Thanks to those who came as markers (Carol, Louisa, Mary and Donna); to umpire Dave Shirley and to convenor Nan Hendren; also to Gerry Childs and Dianne Hawryszko. Thanks also to those of you who came along to watch. It's always great to have some spectators and improves the atmosphere for the players.
The club singles will be coming up soon. Why not give singles a go if you haven't done it before. You might be heavily beaten (I lost a District game 21-0 a couple of years ago) but it will be good experience and improve your bowling in the long term.
Good luck to our two ladies senior triples teams in the Ontario championships this week. Also to Ben and Baylee van Steijn as they compete in the Canadian juniors. Some of the games will be screened live and there is a link below. There is nothing there yet but it should go live on Tuesday
Have a great week