Photo courtesy of Sharyl Ann Milligan
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On March 1st the 2020 entrants into the Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame were announced. We are delighted to say that Cobourg member Dan Milligan will be inducted in a ceremony at the Cobourg Best Western in June. Details of the reasons for Dan's award can be found at the following link together with news of the other inductees.
Photo courtesy of Sharyl Ann Milligan
It’s a long way to Windsor to compete in the Ontario Seniors Championships but it was all worthwhile for our ladies seniors team of Nan Hendren, Kathleen Shirley and Louisa Arthur (or “The Merry Wives of Windsor” as I have dubbed them). Accompanied by their support team and cheerleaders (Mike, Dave and yours truly) they finished fourth which is enough reason to be merry but there was also a hint of unmerriness as the result could have been better.
There were three groups of four and on Day 1 they played each other team in the group in a round robin. The top eight teams went forward to Day 2. In their first game they played a team from Walkerton and were tied coming into the last end and were down when Nan had her final shot. In good skip fashion she made the winning shot to claim victory 13-12.
The next game, against Grand Cove, was not their best and they got off to a bad start before picking up their game but it was too little, too late and they lost that game. However, they knew that a win in their final game of the day would get them into the last eight to play a quarterfinal on Day 2. They had a comfortable 16-11 win and over dinner and over dinner that night planned strategy for the next day with expert input from their husbands (OK, I might have made up that bit).
It was pretty hot on Day 1 but Day 2 threatened to be even hotter, and I don’t mean just in terms of the weather! Now the games were elimination games – lose and you go home – win the quarter final and suddenly you are in with a chance of a medal.
The quarter final was against Hanover and it was nip and tuck all the way and with a one point lead going into the final end hope was temporarily dashed when Hanover scored to tie the game which meant an extra end. Some excellent bowls from all our team in the extra end gave them three points to get them into the semi final. Win the next game and they would be in the gold medal game and book a trip to the Canadian Seniors.
There was a saying in England by a couple of soccer pundits (Saint and Greavsie may mean something to some of you) that “It’s a funny old game” and the same is true of lawn bowling. The semi final was against the Nepean team which had scraped into Day 2 with a tie break win on Day 1 but in their quarter final beat Milton (undefeated on Day 1) 16-14.
Our ladies got off to a slow start and it was clear that the main threat on the Nepean team was their skip who was an ex Team Canada member. Several times when Cobourg was sitting with multiple shots she would score and although the team bowled well they were four down going into the last end and despite scoring two they lost 13-11. That meant playing in the bronze medal game instead of the gold silver game.
After five games in two days in temperatures in the mid thirties the bronze medal game was played against the Windsor team on rink #1 right by the clubhouse and right in front of a partisan crowd. There was no doubt that the Cobourg team had better bowlers but the combination of being on an outside rink (which seemed strange) playing against a home team told early on and it took over half the game before Cobourg got to grips with the rink and by that time they were trailing.
With five ends to go the score was 4-14. Not an impossible task, a score of two each end would tie the game. And they nearly did it. Windsor never scored again but it finished 12-14.
So that’s where the unmerriness came in but finishing fourth in Ontario is something that “The Merry Wives of Windsor” can be very proud of.
And I have to say that their husbands were also very proud of them.
The Ontario Singles Youth Championships were held at club on July 6th and 7th 2019.
Age group for youths was 12-18 and in total twenty one youths from across Ontario competed. There were separate competitions for girls and boys. Nine girls and 12 boys competed.
The club was delighted to welcome MP for Northumberland – Peterborough South, Kim Rudd and Councillor Emily Chorley representing the Town of Cobourg. During the opening ceremonies both of them spoke about the benefits of lawn bowling as a family sport and a sport for all ages. Representing the Ontario Lawn Bowls Association Director were President Philip Francis and Director, Steve Schucknecht.
In the girls section the local favourite was Baylee van Steijn of the Cobourg club. Baylee was a silver medal winner at the Canadian Championships last year and has previously won silver in the Ontario Championships. This is her last year as a youth bowler and the pressure was on her to perform well in front of her home club.
In the boys section Cobourg representatives Dean West and Hobson McMaster were pitted against older and much more experienced bowlers but both bowled well and performed admirably and were pleased with their performances even though they were eliminated after the round robin section on day 1.
In Baylee’s round robin group there was a three way tie with each of three girls winning two and losing one game. However, based on points difference Baylee was seeded first in her group which meant she advanced direct to the semi final stage on day 2.
In her semi final game she played Cori Millard of Lindsay who had beaten her in the round robin and who had won the previous three Ontario championships. In a very tight game Baylee won 18-14 and moved on to the final to play Adrianna D’Sa of Oshawa. That was an incredibly tight game as well with excellent bowling by both players and to the delight of the home crowd Baylee took the gold medal with an 18-15 win.
Baylee will now represent Ontario at the Canadian Youth Championships in Juan de Fuca BC in August
It looks like summer has finally arrived and we have some proper lawn bowling weather. It’s too nice to be sitting at my computer so this week you are going to get all the news that I’m aware of in less than a minute.
Nan Hendren and Bill Arthur placed second in a mixed pairs at Campbellford on Monday with 3 wins
In the same tournament Bob Bates and Pat Bylok were third as the two game high winners.
On Wednesday, Nan Hendren, Kathleen Shirley and Louisa Arthur were acclaimed as the District 14 senior ladies triples champions and will play in the Ontario championships in Windsor on July 9/10
Bob Bates, Carl Ferguson and I came second in the District 14 senior men’s triples (OK the truth is there were only two teams and we lost to an Oshawa team in the best of 3 games)
Another good turnout for the Wednesday night free lesson sessions but so far this has only turned into 4 new members
No joy for Baylee van Steijn and Nancy Fargo in the Ontario ladies pairs championship on Saturday, losing two games and in a double knockout format that was the end of the road for them. Reports suggest a tough draw for them and Baylee says that she is proud of their performance.
Martin Foxhall was playing in the men’s pairs representing District 9 with Erik Galipeau but they suffered the same fate as Baylee and Nancy.
Don’t forget – if you have news you want others to know about, please let me know.
Happy Canada Day
We finally got some decent weather this week and from a personal point of view the only disappointment was the cancellation of a tournament in Oshawa on Thursday because of rain. Well actually there was another disappointment and that was in the men’s pairs where Bob Bates and I only won one of three games, but hey ho that’s the way it goes sometimes. The lawn bowling Gods can be very fickle at times.
Tuesday night we had a very good turnout for the jitney and Ralph Stoffers, playing with Al Gourd consolidated his position at the top of the jitney standings.
We had a great turnout once again for our new bowler evenings on Wednesday with 22 players. This coming Wednesday is the final week and hopefully we will see some of the visitors sign up as members. We are already ahead of last year’s numbers so things are looking good.
Congratulations the team of Nan Hendren, Dave Shirley and Kathleen Shirley who won a mixed triples tournament at Whitby on Wednesday. Well done guys. Photo courtesy of Whitby LBC. They've cut off my head said Dave!
Do you ever wish you could be a better bowler? I’m sure all of us wish that and the way you can become better is to practise. And we can help you with that. Most Friday afternoons the greens are free for practice and sometime between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm you can find me at the club practising and available to help you if you wish.
It was good to see several members at the club watching the men’s pairs on Saturday. When playing in an event it is encouraging to have support from the veranda and one of the big benefits of your membership is to sit on the veranda watch some fine bowling and enjoy the best view in Cobourg looking out over the park and the lake.
On Saturday Baylee van Steijn was playing in the Ontario Singles Championships at Agincourt. She had a tough draw and in her first game had to play the reigning Canadian singles champion, Cathy Larking from Cosburn Park. In a tight match she lost out to Cathy 21-19. She bounced back to win her second game 21-7 but then lost her third game. As the format was double knock out that was the end of the road for Baylee but her time will come.
In the James Gordon Insurance Men’s Pairs which I have already referred to the top Cobourg team was Dave Shirley and John Hawryszko who were the two game high winners with 42+1 points. (I din't cut off his head as you will seen on the photos page. In second place as a substitute for game 3 was Bill Bickle! Robert and David Steffen from Oshawa were playing together but at the end of the second game David injured his back and could not continue. Bill Bickle stood in for him and played very well to help Robert to another win and second place.
The ParticipAction Community Better challenge has now finished and nationally Canadians tracked just over 263 million minutes. We tracked all club activity throughout the two week period and totalled 40,080 minutes. A big thanks to Vice President Nancy Fargo and Director Mike Place for organising this. It will be repeated again next year and if you have downloaded the App you can continue to track your daily activity.
Enjoy your week. It's nearly Canada Day and still time to sign up for the club tournament. This is always a fun day.
Before talking about last week’s events a couple of things to catch up on from the previous news update. Apologies for the confusion around the cut throat scores - these have now been corrected. Also the scores for the youth tournament that took place last Sunday are now on the open tournament page.
Whilst club news is always posted on here and sent to you via email it is often more convenient and instantaneous to give a quick update on Twitter and/or Facebook. You don’t have to have an account to view these, although if you do you will get immediate updates. But you can just click on the relevant icon on the home page of the website.
Finally just a reminder that we will host the Ontario U18 Championships on July 6/7 and will need volunteers for jobs over those two days. I will write to you shortly about the areas where we need volunteers so if you’re not doing anything on those days please leave your calendar free!
Have a great bowling week.
It was cold (no change there) but the Monday Night Leaguers were out doing all the different things that Donna Ball dreams up. Placing the jacks in different positions and only scoring if you got within the specified distance from the jack. We started at 3 feet and gradually moved down to one foot. It’s good to have so many people playing in this league. I’m not sure what the numbers were but I think we had eight rinks in play.
The first of the free lesson nights. It rained! Amazingly one lady came and she had personal attention as she was told all about bowling. I did demonstrate some aspects of the game on the green but it really was too wet for the lady to go out. Such a pity since the Wednesday night sessions are our major recruitment initiative. Thankfully this week looks better.
Success for Baylee van Steijn and Martin Foxhall who won a mixed pairs tournament in Peterborough.
Photo is courtesy of Peterborough LBC
Summer arrived and we had a club tournament. 24 members competed in an 8 team triples tournament. We played two 12 end games and I heard some positive comments about the 10.00 am start from those who struggle to get out of bed in the mornings! The winning team of Janet Taylor, Norma Stoffers and Arnold Bowman finished on the same number of points as my team ( I had Ralph Stoffers and Bonnie Sheridan with me) but they had one plus point more than we did. Congratulations to them.
Friday and Saturday
The first day of play in the Ontario Fours Championships. We did not have any ladies teams competing but Bob Bates, Ben van Steijn, John MacKenzie (Oshawa) and I were competing. There were twenty men’s teams and we were split into four groups of five teams for round robin play. The top two teams in each group qualified for the quarter finals which would be elimination games.
We got off to a good start, winning our first game 15-13. We were tied coming home in the second game but lost 13-15. Third game was a similar story and we lost 14-15. This meant that we had to win our final game and hope that other results went our way. Going into that last game we knew that if we won we would be in a tie breaker for second place and we did win by 13-9. Unfortunately though we lost our 4 end tie breaker.
Martin Foxhall was also playing with his regular teammates from other clubs but they could not repeat their success of previous seasons and were eliminated after the round robin stage.
The competition was so great and teams were so evenly matched that three of the groups needed tie breakers and in one of those groups all five teams finished with 6 points which meant a five way tie breaker!
Club Cut Throat
On Saturday the club cut throat tournament, jointly sponsored by Amplifon and On Site Computer Services and Sales, was held. Obviously I wasn’t here but it sounds as though it was a good tournament which was won by Dave Shirley. I was pleased to see that some of the newer bowlers were competing.
As I write this a Youth tournament is being played at the club but I don’t yet have the results. I’ll cover that next week.
Its not exactly been lawn bowling weather so far has it? Let’s hope for some better weather in June because there is a lot happening.
Our opening day went pretty well and it was great to have a good attendance for the opening ceremonies with Mayor John Henderson and Councillor Emily Chorley who beat the Mayor’s opening bowl!
Our first open tournament on Victoria Day also went well but it was cold that day with a strong wind blowing. The Peterborough team of Bob Reynolds, Wayne Skivington, Larry Brown and Glen Gray really took everyone else to the cleaners with an amazing score of 54+8. As usual Lauria Hyundai had a vehicle on display but not once (in my hearing) did anyone say “Is that the prize”?
No luck with our opening club tournament, the Coach’s Cup. We tried but the rain and the cold just became too much and we had to abandon it after one game. We will try again later in the season.
I haven’t managed a jitney yet (apart from the opening day) – the evenings have been too cold for my liking but it’s good to see that some of you have been out braving the cold. On his return to bowling after a year’s sabbatical Ralph Stoffers has gone straight into the lead in the jitney standings. I keep the results and award 3 points to the winning team, 2 to second and 1 to third. It’s just a fun thing. Sometimes I ignore the results because the full name is not shown. Which Donna? Longman or Ball? Which Ralph? Stoffers or Hewitt? Any way you get my drift. I’m not a mind reader so to make sure you get your results recorded make sure the jitney card shows the full name. I will post the full May results on the bulletin board in the club house.
We had an excellent coaching session “Introduction to Competition” from Mary Lou Richardson during May. She really is an excellent coach and her enthusiasm is catching. We have a club coaching session lined up for June 13th which is aimed at all club bowlers and hopefully we will get a good turnout for that.
It was good to see several of you out practising on Friday afternoon. If you want to get better practice is the answer. Friday afternoons are always free on the greens so it’s an ideal time to come out. If you would like some individual tuition let me or Nan Hendren know and we will try to help.
I have to give great credit to Mike Hendren and Carl Ferguson ( and their helpers) for the condition of the greens so early in the season. If you only ever play in Cobourg you probably do not realise how good they are compared with some other clubs. They do a wonderful job even though they sometimes set the sprinklers on automatic and they come on unexpectedly if you are practising! We have enough with the rain without being soaked by sprinklers.
On the subject of playing at other clubs do let me know if you get in the prize money at other clubs so that we can let others in the club know how rich you are ( I’m talking to you Bob Bates). Seriously it is good to know about outside results so do let me know of your successes.
You have hopefully noticed that the club is participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better challenge. This started o May 31st and runs to June 15th. During that period we will be keeping track of the number of people who keep active by lawn bowling at our club and will report the results to ParticipACTION. W received a grant of $500 from them to promote our activities during the first part of June and have used this to take out quarter page adverts in Northumberland News and radio adverts on Northumberland 89.7 about our free bowler evenings and our open house. ParticipACTION also has a free App available for download on your phone or tablet that allows you to record your daily activity, not just during the period of the Community Better Challenge but at all times. I’m using it to record my activities and I even won a prize for using it, a $10 Amazon gift card. Just go to the App store (Apple) or Playstore (Android) and search for ParticipAction. It’s free.
At the time of writing we are just over one week away from our opening day on May 11th. It has been a busy off season with the construction of the new equipment garage, new drains laid and a complete upgrade of the club house electrical system.
If you are already a club member you are no doubt looking to get out on the greens again and hopefully it will start to warm up soon. Preparation of the greens is a couple of weeks behind normal but they still look in good shape and we should be ready to roll by opening day.
If you are not already a lawn bowler and have come to this page looking for information then you have come to the right place to get started, so read on
During June we are offering free lawn bowling lessons every Wednesday evening at 7.00pm. No appointments are necessary. We provide everything you need but please wear flat soled shoes or runners. These are fun evenings at which you will learn about lawn bowling from experienced club bowlers.
Also on June 15th we are holding an Open House from 10.00am until 4.00 pm. This is another opportunity to learn about the sport and try it for yourself without obligation.
The free lessons program and the Open House are part of the ParticipACTION Better Community Challenge. ParticipAction is a non profit organisation aimed getting Canadians more active. And lawn bowling is one of the ways to achieve that objective. Click on the logo for more information about the Challenge, competitions and the free App to help you monitor your activities.
These events are sponsored by Palisade Gardens Retirement Community and we thank them for their support
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The North American Challenge was held recently at Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club and Gerry Childs spotted an article on their website that he thought would be of interest to our members. It is a light hearted guide to lawn bowling. It is reproduced by permission of the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club and the author Alan Burkholder. It is quite a long article covering different aspects of lawn bowls so I am going to re-produce it in small chunks for your delight over the winter months. The first part is on clothing.