The last provincial Championship of 2019 is the Indoor Singles set for Sept. 13-15 at the Commonwealth Club in Edmonton. For updates on this tournament check the ‘Next Tournament Information Page’. For a list of who is playing check out the Tournament Registration List.
Best of bowls to all the players! And thank you in advance to the volunteer markers who help the tournament run smoothly.
The Southern Open Triples, scheduled for August 16 – 18 will move from Rotary Park to the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club.
Both the Stanley Park and the Royal club are limited in rinks so there is a limit of 14 teams for each event. The event also relies on a minimum of 6 teams!
Registration deadline is August 9, so still plenty of time to gather your team and enter! Teams get $15 for each win and if six teams register the prize money will be $195 for 1st, $135 for 2nd, $90 for 3rd and $60 for the 4th place team. Those amounts will change with more registrations!
Congratulations to the medalists of the Mixed Pairs Championships! Keith Wylie and Jan Robinson secured the Gold and will be representing AB at the Canadian Mixed Pairs Championships to be held in September in Saskatoon, SK. They edged out Neil and Dianne Douglas who received the silver medal. Roy Riege and Kathryn MacGregor took home the bronze medal.
Thank you to all the volunteers from Calgary Lawn who helped run a first class championship!
With the conclusion of the Pairs Championship this weekend the teams are set for the Canadian Championships to be held this year in Burlington, ON from August 20 – 24. Representing AB are
Fours: Claire Day, Amanda Berg, Jenn MacDonald and Val Wilson
Fours: Cecilia Gillespie, Pat Vos, Shannon Roden and Pauline Wong
Pairs: Peggy Plathan and Patricia Walker
Fours: Lyall Adams, Francis Standen, Pat Bird, Jessi Wilkinson
Fours: Kevin Childs, Ken Olsvik, Jon MacDonald and Mike O’Rielly
Pairs: Greg Wilson and Derek Dillon
Currently Bowls Alberta is accepting applications for Team Manager for the Team. Please email the office with your application or if you have any questions.
Bowls Alberta is pleased to be able to send our Provincial Head Coach as well as a team manager along with the six youth we will have competing at the Canadian Youth Championship. As we anticipate the need for help with some extra travel arrangements and some special player needs, it was important to send a manager with the team. Bowls AB also complies with the Rule of Two in regards to Responsible Coaching and as such identified a female to accompany the team.
Judy Smith, youth bowls director of Calgary Lawn Bowling Club, has accepted the role and has been endorsed by the BA board. Judy comes with experience in this role having accompanied youth teams for other sports to major sporting events. She’ll be a great ‘extra mom’ to all the players! She will also help develop a Team manager ‘job description’ and recommend a process for selecting a team manager in subsequent years. Thanks, Judy!
Thank you to Stanley Park LBC for hosting the Provincial Fours Championships this past weekend, with a special thanks to George H. and those that helped set up the greens each day and clean up again at the end of each day, to the greens keeper for great greens to play on, and to the volunteers who helped with the refreshments and the lunches!
Congratulations to the Gold medalists who have earned the privilege to represent AB at the Canadian Championships to be held at the Burlington LBC in August:
Women’s Fours Team: Claire Day, Amanda Berg, Jenn MacDonald & Val Wilson
and to the Men’s Fours Team: Francis Standen, Jessi Wilkinson, Brad Roden & Lyall Adams.
Thank you to George H. for the photos.
The first newsletter for this season is online and ready to be read and shared! You’ll find the newsletter link here.
Your recommendations for future editions and submissions of articles is most welcome! The second edition should be ready by early August.
Thank you to the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club and their volunteers for hosting a great AB BC Test Match on May 31st through to June 2nd!
The AB team was made up of Shannon Roden, Jenn MacDonald, Kyla Malcolm, and Alexis Gallacher under the ‘senior’ direction of Amanda Berg and of Francis Standen, Jon MacDonald, Brad Roden and Andrew Manson under the ‘senior’ direction of Kevin Childs.
The first day of competition proved toughest for the AB players who had a lot less preparation time than the BC Team that came to compete against them. Singles games were played on the Friday evening and our record was 3 – 7. On Saturday the teams played pairs and triples and the record was even 6 – 6. The Sunday competitions of fours and mixed pairs ended up with AB taking 1 game and losing 2.
Thank you to AB Coach Derek Dillon for his leadership of the team and for working to set up the tournament along with BC’s Coach Dave Mathie.
The third Annual AB BC Test Match will be scheduled for in BC next year.