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
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