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Bowls Canada Boulingrin – Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) started the second week of the World Bowls Championships with a flawless record in the men’s singles.  Bester made it three for three including a big win against Japan’s Kenta Treacher Hasebe (21-19).  Bester trailed throughout the match right up until the 26th end, where he scored a huge two points to take the lead 20-19. He then put the match away in the next end for a final score of 21-19.  Other wins included a rematch of the 2014 Commonwealth Games final against Scotland’s Darren Burnett (21-8) and against Malcolm De Sousa of Jersey (21-12).  Bester has powered his way to the top of the section leaderboard going into day two.  The only other athlete in his pool to go 3-0 was Australia’s Aron Sherriff. Sherriff and Bester will not meet until the final match of sectional play.

Steve McKerihen (Toronto, ON), Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Steven Santana (North Vancouver, BC) and Ryan Stadnyk (Niagara Fall, ON) were not able to get a win on the board despite their strongest efforts.  The Canadians gave hometown favourites New Zealand a run for their money, staying within a two-point margin for 15 ends.  Ultimately, NZ was able to seal the win with two ends going unanswered by the Canadians for a final score of 9-13.  Two other losses, USA (13-22) and Scotland (9-22), have the men sitting eighth in their section. 

On the women’s side, the triples team of Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON), Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC) and Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC) finished their day with a solid win over Scotland. The Canadians maintained a comfortable lead for the majority of the match. While Scotland turned up the heat in the final ends to close the gap to a single bowl, they were unable to catch the Canadians who held on for the 15-14 win.  Other games included two losses against Wales (11-15) and Australia (12-25) which has the team in 8th spot.  Only Australia went undefeated in sectional play. It’s a tight pool with four teams sitting with two wins and four sitting with only one win.

Shirley Fitzpatrick-Wong (Winnipeg, MB) and Jacqueline Foster (Bridgetown, NS) partnered up in the women’s pairs. A big win against Namibia 26-9 has the duo sitting 6th in their section despite losses to the Philippines (13-23) and the Netherlands, the latter game keeping fans on the edge of their seats.  The women’s pairs battled with Saskia Schaft and Guurtji Copier for multiple ends managing to hold the lead through sixteen ends.  In the 17th end Fitzpatrick-Wong and Foster dropped a big three to trail the Netherlands 17-19 coming home.  In the 18th end, the Canadian pair could only find a single point for a final score of 18-19. Foster and Fitzpatrick-Wong have a big day ahead with hometown favourites and current section leaders Jo Edwards and Angela Boyd of New Zealand first up. 


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Men’s Singles:




Men’s Fours:

South Africa

Hong Kong


Women’s Pairs:

New Zealand



Women’s Triples:


Isle of Man


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About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada.  The BCB mission is to advance the sport of bowls in Canada.  For more details on Bowls Canada Boulingrin and the sport of lawn bowls, visit