In the eleventh week of play the senior bowlers returned in numbers back to the Uptown Bowl. For many it was the first time bowling since the eight-week lockdown which ended in the week prior.
Many were very rusty and are in need of a few more games to return to their normal bowling scores. A few others returned rested and bowled excellent scores. As usual it was the Women showing off. One of these stood out above all others.
Susan Kmyta was on fire. She took the women’s high single with a superb 227 pts single. Not only did she break the coveted 200 pts mark but this was a seasonal personal best score. She already held the first place Women Seasonal High Single score but has now improved it to put more distance between her and the challengers. Noella Leblanc is another senior bowler who picked up her game as if there had been no shutdown. With an excellent 184 pts single game she took the runner-up position in the women weekly high singles. Last week’s top bowler Rose McClinchey sized third place with a respectable 170 pts high single. In the women high doubles it was again Susan Kmyta who took first place with a blistering 402 pts tally. Noella Leblanc bowled two solid games to claim the runner-up position with an excellent 364 pts pair.
Velda Hol put together a respectable double of 317 pts to take third place in the women weekly high doubles. As predicted this week’s results had impact on the seasonal top standings. Susan Kmyta best efforts strengthened her hold onto first place in the seasonal high singles. She put a little more distance between her and her teammates Velda Hol who has the runner-up high score of 220 pts and Dianne Spencer who holds on to third place with a 219 pts high single score making it a tight race. In the Seasonal Women High Doubles standings, again it was Susan Kmyta’s high double score of 402 pts this week that put her into second place behind Velda Hol’s first place double of 422 pts and just ahead of third place Dianne Spencer’s 395 pts tally in the seasonal high doubles standing. This also led to Ellen Watson dropping out of the top three but there is more action to come and these positions are going to shift again.
There was also lots of action in the men’s competition. Wayne Conway returned to the lanes well rested and had shed all rust to bowl a pair of excellent games. He took first place in the men’s high singles with a strong 182 pts game. Bob McClinchey showed his mettle and took the runner-up position with an excellent 175 pts game. Veteran Bud Miller’s improved second game led to a respectable 158 pts score with which he took hold of the third place position in the men’s weekly high singles. The same three gentlemen claimed in the same order the top three weekly doubles. wayne conway led with a solid 333 pts pair followed by Bob McClinchey with a total tally of 315 pts and rounded out by Bud Miller in third with a 271 pts double. The scores were not high enough to bring about any changes to the men’s seasonal high scores. The first place seasonal men’s high singles remains solidly in Bob McClinchey’s possession with a blistering 234 pts game. Frank Potts has the runner up position with a solid 227 pts game. Bud Miller has an excellent 208 pts high single in the books with which he holds on to third place. In the men’s seasonal high doubles it are the same three top bowlers who claim the bragging rights. Bob McClinchey is in first with a 398 pts tally. Frank Potts holds to second place with a 371 pts pair and Bud Miller rounds out this top three with a 369 pts double. Many predict there will be changes in the Men’s standings as well. Sadly a popped rib is going to put Alex Vanderburg a further 12 weeks on the sidelines and basically evaporates any thought of a return and challenge to the top scorers this season. It is just not meant to be this year laments Alex. As is often the case the Top Bowler will claim the MIB (most improved bowler) prize. Susan Kmyta is no exception as her 227 pts game was a whopping 47 pts over her seasonal average. Honourable mention goes to Noella Leblanc and Wayne Conway for their above average outings. Congratulations to all of you.
The team competition has resumed and is even tighter. Team Watson had a less than stellar outing and lost all three points to Team Maille and the possession of first place in the standings. Team Vanderburg leaning on the excellent outing of Susan Kmyta took three points from Team Miller and climbed into first place with 12 pts followed by Team Watson with 11 pts and in third place is Team Miller with 10 pts and in fourth is Team Maille with 9pts. The minimal difference in points forecasts a very tight and exciting competition as the season goes on. Each week there can be a new leader and or gaps can develop. This will be closely watched. For those 55 plussers who wish to have fun and enjoy this sport in good company, there are still a few spots open on the Wednesday afternoons. You are most welcome.