Report on Lawn Bowling Provincial Championship

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Tuesday, 1 August 8:00 AM saw the Almonte Lawn Bowling Club host the first day of the Senior Women’s Triples Lawn Bowling Provincial Championship tournament. The 16 teams, comprising 48 women from teams across the province, battled extreme heat under a bright blue sky in their bid to represent Ontario at the Senior Women’s Triple Championship games to be held in Peterborough, August 24-30.

The day began with bowlers arriving at the Club at 7:00 AM as the Club members finished placing the rakes, mats, jacks and water bottles on the eight rinks where the battles would begin, sharp at 8:30 AM. After a brief introductory ceremony and the singing of our national anthem the play began. Three 14 end games was the format and they were scheduled to finished about 5:00 PM. At the day’s conclusion eight of the teams bid farewell to friends and rivals as they departed for home. The remaining eight teams prepared themselves to once again enter the Green the next day in their bid to become the Provincial Champions.

Day two was hot and humid as the eight teams began the battle for Provincial Champion. After the first morning game, with the elimination of four teams, the remaining four played two additional games in the afternoon to determine the ultimate winner. The afternoon games were interrupted with two inclement weather delays, but just before 8:00 PM the District 5 Ancaster team took Gold as they defeated the District 12 Willowdale team (Silver) and Bronze was awarded to the District 8, Saugeen Shores team.

Hosting of the Provincial Championship was a first for the Almonte Lawn Bowling Club and they rose to all challenges associated with holding such a prestigious event. Attending teams thanked the Club for their work in organizing the event and of particular pride was the comment of one member of the winning team who praised the luncheon and exclaimed, ‘the luncheon was the best I have experience in 25 years of attending Provincial Championship Tournaments’.

Well done to those ladies who provided the luncheons.