2016 Canadian Bowls Champions Crowned
Bowls Canada Boulingrin – Edmonton, Alberta| August 22, 2016 After six days of competition, nine round robin games and one medal game, the winners have been crowned at the 2016 Canadian Lawn Bowls Championships in Edmonton, Alberta at the beautiful Commonwealth Lawn Bowling Club on Saturday August 20, 2016.
ONTARIO MEN GO FOR GOLD IN ALL DISCIPLINES
The Ontario Men played for gold in all three men’s disciplines this year. Divided into East and West teams, Ontario West won the coveted Cy English Award which is awarded to the team with the most number of match points collected over round robin play across all three men’s disciplines.
The Men’s Pairs event saw Saskatchewan and Ontario-West go head to head in pursuit of the gold medal. This year, the Saskatchewan brothers of Jonathan and Michael Pituley won gold over Ontario-West’s Kevin Jones and James Covell with a final score of 23-14. In the bronze medal match, British Columbia’s team of Hirendra Bhartu and Tim Mason claimed victory over Ontario-East’s brothers Dave and Robert Steffen with a score of 28-3.
The Men’s Triples event came down to the last bowl in an extra end, but ultimately the Nova Scotia team of Steve Ogden, Terry O’Neil and Steve Bezanson pulled off the win for the gold medal (19-18) over Ontario-West’s Wayne Wright, Chris Stadnyk and Ryan Stadnyk. In the bronze medal game, BC’s David Mathie, George Cubiss and Arthur Harrison defeated the Quebec team of David-James Smith, Patrick Desranleau and Roger Smith in a score of 17-11.
The Men’s Fours final saw Ontario-East’s Steve McKerihen, David Anderson, Jeff Harding and Fred Wallbank win the gold medal over Alberta-A’s Greg Wilson, Kevin Childs, Ken Olsvik and Derek Dillon with a final score of 14-12. In the bronze medal game, the Saskatchewan-B team of Mark Sutyla, Doug Propp, Murray Pituley and Ernie Meid claimed the victory over Alberta-B’s Roger Allen, Brian Ranger, Trevor Pohle and Jim Berry in a score of 24-9.
ONTARIO WOMEN WIN OVERALL TITLE
Ontario-East and British Columbia were the story on the women’s side with both teams represented in the medal in all three disciplines. The exceptional round robin play of Ontario–East earned them the coveted Lady Alexander Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most number of points collected in pre-medal round play across all three disciplines of play.
BC’s Vivien Chan and Gigi Chan won the gold over Ontario-West sister-in-laws Sue and Laurie Roth with a final score of 19-17. Ontario-East’s Helen Wright and Joyce Kruss won the bronze medal over Alberta’s Margaret Bruce and Patricia Walker for a final result of 25-8.
The Women’s Triples gold medal final was the featured live-streamed game on the Saturday afternoon with Manitoba’s team of Elaine Jones, Betty Van Walleghem and Sandra Mulholland facing British Columbia’s Josephine Lee, Wendy Hui and Sarina Mak. In the end, Manitoba claimed the gold medal with a final score of 19-7. In bronze medal action, another British Columbia team earned the right to stand on the podium as Jenny Sui, Shirley Choi and Rainbow Lung emerged victorious over Ontario-East’s Mary Meldrum, Dona McCallum and Sheila Lumley in a final score of 17-11.
The Women’s Fours gold medal game was a tension filled match as Ontario-East and Saskatchewan traded the lead back and forth throughout the afternoon. A tied score of 13 all in the final end of regulation play forced the game into an overtime extra end. Despite the pressure, the Ontario-East team of Elizabeth Cormack, Laila Hassan, Gloria Cheung and Helena Ho continued the consistent shotmaking that they displayed all week, and they pulled out the win over Jean Roney, Fran Scott, Anita Nivala and Jordan Kos with a final score of 14-13. In the bronze medal game, home town favourites Claire Day, Amanda Berg, Chris Adams and Val Wilson won the bronze medal over British Columbia’s Sharon Baldwin, Lisa Cheung, Stephanie Vezina and Zoe Chan in a decisive 20-12 victory.
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