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A Successful Provincial Final at Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club

September 14, 2015

A successful provincial championship event was held at Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club Sept. 12-13 with a local bowler scoring a medal in a surprise substitute role.

The Ontario Novice Pairs Championship was hosted by the local club with 16 menís pairs teams and 16 womenís teams competing from across the province. The teams were randomly divided into groups of four and played games against the other teams in their group on Saturday, with the top two finishers from each group advancing to the playoffs Sunday.

A womenís team from Burlington was playing in the first game Sunday morning when one of the players became ill and could not continue. Gwen Klatt from the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club was asked to fill in and helped the team win two games and advance to the gold medal final. There they lost to champions Jennifer and Lorraine Lepere from Niagara on the Lake, with Klatt winning a silver medal. In the menís competition, the winners were Lorne Schiele and Berkley Emmons from Pickering.

Women Gold - Jennifer Lepere & Lorraine Lepere - District 6 - Niagara-on-the-Lake
Men Gold - Lorne Schiele & Berkley Emmons - District 14 - Pickering
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Two Sarnia pairs represented the local district in the competition and played well. Grant Collison and Jay Hill won two preliminary round games Saturday to advance to the playoffs, but lost their quarter-final match. Mary Winter and Deb Whitfield won one game Saturday and did not advance.

The tournament kicked off bright and early Saturday morning with the bowlers piped onto the greens led by a colour party from the 44th Squadron of the Sarnia Air Cadets. Welcoming remarks were delivered by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, local MPP Bob Bailey and lawn bowling officials.

Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club President Dave Moffitt said the tournament was a big success due to the efforts of the volunteers from the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club. He said the participants and the many guests enjoyed the weekend and were very impressed by the city and the hospitality extended to them.






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