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Orangeville Lawn Bowling Club hosts Provincial Tournament

September 29, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Orangeville Lawn Bowling Club hosted an indoor singles Provincial Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25.

It is considered an indoor tournament because the playing field at Orangeville is artificial turf, and in lawn bowling that would be considered indoor play even though the club field does not have a roof. A turf field provides a faster surface so bowlers have to adjust their style of play from when playing on a traditional grass surface4.

The Orangeville Club was asked to host the tournament because of the quality of its playing field.

Ten bowlers, nine men and one women were playing singles type matches. The top three would qualify to go on to play at the national tournament in Vancouver B.C.

“This is one of the fastest greens in Ontario,” explained Orangeville Lawn Bowling president, Brian Sparks. “There’s ten men and one woman playing in today’s tournament. They are from Kingston, Burlington, Windsor, Etobicoke, Kitchener, and one from London.”

Along with players on the surface area, there are spotters and umpires watching the action.

The players in this tournament were playing as singles with two players competing in each match.

“These are individual players, and they are paired up,” Mr. Sparks explained. “To win this tournament you have to beat everybody else. Out of the ten players, three will go to Vancouver to play in the nationals. There are no teams here, you’re on your own. This is the provincial finals. There are only four artificial turf lawn bowling fields in Ontario. We were asked to do this three years ago, but due to COVID, it was put off until now.”

Saturday provided good weather for day one of the tournament, however the Sunday forecast wasn’t quite as good. The tournament will go ahead, rain or shine.

The competitors will play two games of nine ends, and if they win both games they come out on top. If they tie one game, they will enter a playoff game.

The Canadian Indoor Singles Championships will take place at the Pacific Indoor Bowls Club in Vancouver from October 24 to 29.

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