By Alex Vanderburg
In the 12th week of play the senior bowlers enjoyed a relaxed afternoon of fun and play at the Uptown Bowl on Wednesday afternoon.
Many bowlers did not meet their averages but seemed not to care as it was all about being out with friends and enjoying the sport.
Despite having recently lost his spouse Frank Potts returned to the lanes in fine style. He really appreciated the many fine thoughts and condolences he had received from his bowling friends and others. Frank took the top men’s high single with an excellent 188 pts score.
Runner up in the men’s competition was the current high average bowler Bob McClinchey with a respectable 162 pts single. Bill McKelvey rounded out the top three men with a solid 153 pts game.
In the men’s high doubles it was Frank Potts who laid down two solid games to take first place with a
308 points tally. Who else but Bob McClinchey nabbed the runner-up spot with a pair totaling
284 pts and he was again closely followed by the strong bowling Bill McKelvey with a total of 280 pts for his two games.
No one cracked the pivotal 200 pts mark and as such the seasonal men high singles and high doubles remain unchanged.
The first place seasonal men high single remains solidly in Bob McClinchey’s hands with a dominant 234 pts game. Frank Potts has the runner up position with his blistering 227 pts game. Bud Miller had put up an excellent 208 pts high single with which he holds on to third place. In the men’s seasonal high doubles it was the same three top bowlers who hold on to the bragging rights. Bob McClinchey is in first place with a solid 398 pts total. Frank Potts is secure in second place with a 371 pts double and Bud Miller rounds out this top three with his nice 369 pts pair. On a sad note competition coordinator Alex Vanderburg advised the league that despite his best hopes, his injuries will not allow him to join his team this season.
The ladies senior bowlers were a little less dominant this week. Also here none of the top women bowlers broke the coveted 200 pts level, although there were highlights. Regular top finisher Dianne Spencer put down a solid 187 pts game to lay claim to first place in the weekly Women’s high singles. She was closely followed by a resurgent Ellen Watson who is the women’s high average bowler. Ellen bowled a high 183 pts game to take second place in the singles. Strong bowling Noella Leblanc cracked again the top three taking third place with an excellent 177 pts game. In the Women High Doubles it was Ellen Watson who laid claim to first place bowling two above (high) average scores tallying 348 pts. Dianne Spencer had to settle for second place with her 334 pts double. As noted Noella Leblanc again bowled two solid games to claim third place in the doubles with a 319 pts pair. These weekly scores had no impact on the seasonal top standings. Susan Kmyta remains the leader of the pack in the women’s high singles with her recently improved 227 pts scorcher. Her teammates Velda Hol and Dianne Spencer hold on to second and third with respectively 220 pts and 219 pts high single score keeping it a tight race. In the Seasonal Women High Doubles standings these same three high bowlers claim the top honors. Velda Hol has firmly the first place position with an almost unassailable 422 pts double. Susan Kmyta’s High Double Score of 402 pts from last week put her in the runnerup position just ahead of third place Dianne Spencer’s 395 pts tally in the seasonal high doubles standing.
We have no doubt changes are a coming in the weeks coming. 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. It has been noted that the weekly top bowlers will often claim the MIB (most improved bowler) prize as well. This week is the example that breaks that rule. It was actually Bill McKelvey who bowled solidly above his average. In a great effort Bill 22 pts above his average over both games. A returning Lena Maille showed her mettle and bowled 15 pts above her average. Quite a few seniors bowled just above their average as well. Congratulations to all of you! It can be noted that a few seniors bowled well below their averages – better luck next week.
The team competition was in full swing. Team Watson rebounded from their less than stellar outing last week and took the full three points from Team Miller and sole possession of second place just a point behind Team Vanderburg who in their match with Team Maille also took all three pts to remain in first place in the standings with a 15 pts total. Team Watson has 14 pts in second. Team Miller remains in third place with 10 pts closely followed by Team Maille with nine pts. This minimal difference in points forecasts a very tight and exciting competition as the season goes on. Many times a few pin falls/points is the difference between getting a point or not. In this week’s match between Team Watson and Team Miller it was their second game that was decided in Team Watson’s favour by a difference of only 4 pts! It can often be that close. Team Maille is seeking two players to fill out their Team and now Alex Vanderburg’s spot is available. For those 55 plussers or former senior bowlers who wish to have fun and enjoy this sport in good company, these spots are open on the Wednesday afternoons. You are most welcome. Call Alex at 705 642-3090 to join.