October 2, 2019
A crew of active volunteers was out on Wednesday to aerate our lawn bowling green. From past experience, I can attest that this task can be very satisfying. Thank you for your dedication. Without your efforts we wouldn't have a lawn bowling club.
October 20, 2019
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The CLBC Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the clubhouse. Arrive at 1:30 pm; the meeting starts at 2:00 pm. The agenda will be sent to members beforehand.
September 10, 2019
COWICHAN - PARKSVILLE EXCHANGE
Twenty-four lawn bowlers from Cowichan visited the Parksville LBC for the annual lawn bowling exchange. The day consisted of two 12-end mixed triples games. Our team played very well and our new bowlers impressed many spectators. Unfortunately (for CLBC), the Parksville team deserved an impressive victory, scoring 36 points to Cowichan's 12 points. (see photos - 2019 menu).
August 31-September 1, 2019
AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY BILL FERGUSON!
Bill Ferguson participated in the Bowls South Island Novice Men's Tournament for 2019 and placed first over participants from clubs throughout southern Vancouver Island. What makes this feat especially memorable is the fact that he also won both the CLBC Novices Tournament for Men and the Club Men's Singles Championship. Has this ever happened before at our club? (See the photos - 2019 menu). The tournament was held at the Vic West Lawn Bowling Club.
August 22, 2019
LADIES PAIRS LEAGUE
Carol McCoy and Bonnie Younger won the Ladies Pairs League this year. They were undefeated throughout the summer. Thanks to Sheila Wethered for organizing the league once again.
August 14, 2019
CLUB SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - WOMEN
Five women competed in the Club Singles Championship Tournament for Women. After a complete round-robin, Maria Ridewood was declared the winner, followed by Betty Locke who was the runner up.. The quality of play was excellent throughout the day. (See photos - 2019).
August 12, 2019
MONDAY MORNING LADDER
Jim Irvine was the overall winner of the Monday Ladder for 2019. More information is available in the Photos Section.
August 11, 2019
CLBC NOVICE SINGLES TOURNAMENT
Seven women and five men competed in the annual club singles championship tournament for novice lawn bowlers. Catherine Coulis won five of her six games in the round-robin to emerge as the overall winner. Bill Ferguson lost his first game but rebounded to win his remaining games to become the the novice men's champion for 2019. See the (photos - 2019 menu).
July 30-31, 2019
CLBC SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN
Bill Ferguson was the winner in the CLBC Club Singles Tournament for Men. Although still a novice, Bill defeated several very experienced and expert bowlers. Twelve CLBC members competed in the tournament over two days.
July 3-4, 2019
THE BETTY & DUNCAN LOCKE MIXED PAIRS TOURNAMENT
Fourteen teams competed in the annual Mixed Pairs Tournament. The teams were divided into two groups of seven and each team played a round-robin of six 6-end games within their group plus a "cross-over" game with a team from the other group.
In Group "A", the winners were Bill Tschirhart & Sheila Wethered, followed in second place with Percy Cowan & Sue Higbie. In Group "B", the winners were Maria Ridewood & Ross Bulley, followed by Carol McCoy & Clint Bailey.
Following the two semi-final games involving the winning teams from Group "A" playing against the winning teams from Group "B", the spectators were treated to some spectacular shot-making involving the teams of Ridewood & Bulley competing against McCoy & Bailey. It could have been anyone's game up to the final end. However, Maria Ridewood & Ross Bulley emerged as the overall champions.
July 1, 2019
CANADA DAY JITNEY
CLBC President, Ross Bulley, organized a fun-filled Canada Day Jitney consisting of the three 4-end games. Each game illustrated one situation that a lawn bowler might encounter in a real game.
Fifty-six bowlers participated in the mini-games and several spectators joined the bowlers for lunch.
Reen Lloyd and her hospitality team provided stunning decorations and Judith Bulley provided several absolutely outstanding desserts to top off what can only be described as a perfect day. See the photos - 2019 menu.
June 9, 2019
MIXED MEDLEY TOURNAMENT
Bill Tschirhart organized another Mixed Medley Tournament on Sunday, June 9. Bill describes the tournament as follows: "Each team of four begins in the fours tournament. When a fours team loses its first game or wins the fours tournament (whichever comes first), it breaks into two pairs teams and begins play in the pairs tournament. When a pairs team loses its first game or wins the pairs tournament (whichever comes first), the members of the team begin play in an open singles tournament. When you lose in the singles tournament, it is hoped that you will be a “marker” for those still playing."
See photos of the winners under the Photos - 2019 menu.
June 8, 2019
NATIONAL BOWLS DAY
The second annual National Bowls Day was held at the Cowichan Lawn Bowling Club on Saturday, June 8, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. More than eighty people were counted during the day with several young children (and, hopefully, future lawn bowlers).
BBQ'd hot dogs, chips, and as beverage were available from our meister chef Tim McGiffin. Sue Higbie and Percy Cowan managed the event with lots of help from several people who volunteered during the day.
I know the event was a success when it was reported to me that Kane (my grandson) told his mother at the end of the day that it was his best day yet (and then he promptly fell asleep).
Photos of our next generation of lawn bowlers appear under the Photos - 2019 menu.
May 29, 2019
Monday Madness starts on Monday, June 3 at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to join this eclectic group of lawn bowlers. Bill Tschirhart will lead a variety of activities designed to improve your game. Bill will deal with strategy & tactics, how to practice, weight control, line of delivery as well as other aspects of the game. Bill will bring his laser timing equipment to aid in accurate measurement of weight control.
No sign-up is required. No experience is necessary. Just show up and be ready to join in the games. Each session will conclude by about 8:30 PM at the latest.
National Bowls Day will be on Saturday, June 8 from 10 AM until 2 PM. Thanks to Sue Higbie and Percy Cowan for organizing the event and to Tim McGiffin for manning the BBQ once again. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbours for fun on the green and a yummy lunch. The kids will love it!
Mixed Medley Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, June 9. Sixteen people will compete in a unique lawn bowling experience consisting of fours, pairs, and singles games. The tournament will get underway by 9:00 AM. Come out and watch the play unfold!
Women's Two-Bowl, Six Pack will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12. This unique and fast-paced tournament is a round-robin event consisting of triples teams with each team member delivering only 2 bowls each per end. Each game is only 6-ends in length. A game typically takes only 40-45 minutes to complete and is really fun to play (or watch). Further information about the tournament will be available in the clubhouse shortly.
May 25, 2019
KEN ARMOUR MIXED TRIPLES TOURNAMENT
Keith Thorpe organized a very successful tournament which, unfortunately, was marred by frequent showers and very cool weather. The overall winners were Duncan Locke, Betty Locke, and Bill Ferguson. See the write-up in the Photos section for more details.
May 22, 2019
Seven teams of mixed triples made the trek from Sidney for our annual friendly competition between the two clubs. Although Cowichan got off to a slow start, the gap was narrowed during the second game. However, Sidney prevailed with an overall score of 23-17.
Our hospitality team prepared a delicious lunch for almost fifty players and visitors.
May 20, 2019
VICTORIA DAY JITNEY
Fifty eager bowlers participated in a very wet and decidedly cool Victoria Day Jitney. The players were divided into two groups (Red and Blue teams). The original idea was to play three 4-end games. However, Mother Nature had other ideas and the third game was dropped due to rain. However, the participants consoled themselves with a range of delicious appetizers.
Jim Irvine once again displayed his considerable skill, winning the Spider that kicked off the jitney. The overall winners in the Red Group were Mary Trottier, Wayne Grant, and Beth Driedger. The winners in the Blue group were Jeff Doskotch, Dawn Nakatsu, and Maria Ridewood. See the Photos section for photos of the event.
April 27, 2019
OPENING DAY JITNEY
Cowichan lawn bowlers enjoyed a short game followed by coffee, tea, and scones provided by Alice Trueman. Even the weather cooperated (more or less).
September 25, 2018
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The CLBC Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the clubhouse. Arrive at 1:30 pm; the meeting starts at 2:00 pm. The agenda will be sent to members within the next week.
THURSDAY EVENING PAIRS LEAGUE
Congratulations to Clint Bailey and Gordon Brownbridge who defeated Joyce Gammie and Susan Higbie in a well played (in the rain) Championship game last week on the final night of the Thursday Pairs League. It was great to see two novice bowlers in the final and both teams displayed some great shot making.
Thanks to all who turned out to play a few ends in the rain and then watch the big game. Marilyn Boechler and Bill Cleary (league organizers) are looking forward to another great Spring and Summer next year.
September 12, 2018
The annual Cowichan - Parksville Lawn Bowling Exchange was held yesterday (September 11) at the CLBC. For the first time in four years, Parksville prevailed, winning five of the seven games played. Unfortunately, the second game was rained out during a deluge that flooded the green.
MONDAY NIGHT NOVICES GROUP - Mixed Medley Tournament (Sunday, 23 September)
Bill Tschirhart will host a Mixed Medley Tournament on Sunday, 23 September from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The tournament is intended for the Monday Night Novices group; however, additional members may be asked to participate to bring the number of players up to sixteen. Stay tuned for further details.
September 3, 2018
LABOUR DAY JITNEY
Many photos have been posted in the Photos - 2018 section of the website.
August 30, 2018
FRIENDLY FOURS TOURNAMENT (August 30)
Congratulations to Keith Thorpe, Betty Locke, Steve Lundahl, and Carol McCoy - winners of the Friendly Fours (Mixed) Tournament.
August 25, 2018
MONDAY LADDER - FINAL STANDINGS (August 13)
Bonnie Younger was the overall winner of the Monday Morning Ladder for 2018. Ross Bulley took second place, only three points behind Bonnie. Maria Ridewood and Debby Davey were tied for third place; however, Maria had a larger points differential.
BOWLS SOUTH ISLAND WOMEN'S NOVICES TOURNAMENT (August 19-20)
Cowichan's Sue Higbie emerged undefeated in the BSI Novices Tournament for Women and was awarded first place. Second place went to Brenda Beardsley of Juan de Fuca and third place to Wendy Bolton from Sidney.
SINGLES LEAGUE - FINAL STANDINGS (August 21)
Maria Ridewood took first place (and was undefeated throughout the season).
LADIES PAIRS LEAGUE - FINAL STANDINNGS (August 23)
Pat Unger & Penny Irvine were awarded first place with Hazel Grant and Vivian Bleeks close behind in second place.
August 14, 2018
Several activities are scheduled over the next few weeks:
(a) Women’s Singles Club Championship Tournament (Wednesday & Thursday, 15-16 August)
Wednesday Morning (9:00 am - 12:20 pm) and Thursday (9:00 am - 2:30 pm). No morning draws on those two days. Come on out and see some great lawn bowling. (Contact: Ross Bulley - email@example.com)
(b) Bowls South Island (BSI) Novice Women’s Tournament (Saturday & Sunday, 18-19 August)
(c) Yes Dear! or Singles Advantage (Sunday, 26 August)
This is a great Sunday Fun Day sponsored by Betty & Duncan Locke. Sign-up at the clubhouse. (Contact: Betty Locke - firstname.lastname@example.org)
(d) Friendly Fours Tournament (Wednesday & Thursday, 29-30 August)
This should be fun. Sign-up sheet will be posted in the clubhouse on Wednesday. No open draws are scheduled for those two days, but evenings are probably available. (Contact: Ross Bulley - email@example.com)
(e) Labour Day Jitney (Monday, 3 August)
August 1, 2018
CLUB MEN'S SINGLES TOURNAMENT (July 31 - August 1, 2018)
Eight men participated in the 2018 CLBC Singles Tournament for men. Following a seven game round-robin, Jim Irvine emerged as the winner, defeating Tom Slemko in the final game of the event. Although Jim was the clear winner, Tom and Keith Thorpe were actually tied for second place, based on games won and tied. However, ends won was used to break the tie and Tom was awarded second place.
July 24, 2018
CLUB NOVICE SINGLES TOURNAMENT - MEN & WOMEN (July 22, 2018)
2018 saw the largest number of novices participate in the club novice singles tournament in club history. There were several examples of fine play by both genders and it is quite clear that there will be several future club singles champions emerging from this years cohort.
The winner of the women's section was Jeanne Aten, and Jeff Doskotch took the men's title. Several photographs are available under the Photos - 2018 menu section.
TWO-BOWL SIX-PACK - MEN (July 17-18, 2018)
Twelve teams representing various clubs in Bowls South Island participated in the 2018 version of the CLBC Two-Bowl Six-Pack Tournament. The tournament consists of a round-robin involving 11 games. Each game takes an average of about 42 minutes to complete, thus the tournament moves along quite briskly.
The winner of this year's tournament was the team of David Gardner, Brent Jansen, and David Richards, representing Gordon Head.
Second place was taken by Svend Klausen, Dennis Verge, and Mitch O'Brian, also representig Gordon Head. Third place went to the Cowichan team of Clint Bailey, Bill Cleary, and Ross Bulley.
July 19, 2018
GREEN CLOSURE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
In order to prepare for the B.C. Day Jitney on Monday, August, 6, the CLBC green will be closed beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 5.
July 13, 2018
The following summary of recent events was provided by Pat Unger:
Ladies' 2 Bowl 6 Pack Open Tournament
- Julie Dickson, Linda Turnbull, & Judy Hambleton from Juan de Fuca LBC
( 2nd place - from CLBC - Lori Brown, Carol McCoy, & Hazel Grant )
True North Open Triples League ( the Roy Jaskow Memorial plaque )
- Lori Brown, Betty Locke, Sheila Wethered
Mixed Pairs Tournament ( Betty & Duncan Locke plaque )
- Clint Bailey & Annie Dougherty
Thursday Evening Pairs League - Spring session ( Joe Spencer trophy )
- Jim Irvine & Marilyn Clark
70+ Singles Tournament ( Eleanor & Ted Vivian plaque )
- Clint Bailey
July 13, 2018
CLBC 70+ SINGLES TOURNAMENT
The CLBC 70+ Singles Tournament for 2018 was held on July 10-11. The format was a round-robin consisting of five ten-end singles games. The six participants were Clint Bailey, Keith Thorpe, Ross Bulley, Reen Lloyd, Jeanne Aten, and Percy Cowan. The final results were extremely close, coming down to the final game. In fact, four players ended up with identical wins and the tie had to be broken using the number of ends won. The overall winner was Clint Bailey. This is the second time that Clint has won the event. Photos are available in the Photos section of the website.
July 6, 2018
BETTY & DUNCAN LOCKE MIXED PAIRS TOURNAMENT
The CLBC Mixed Pairs Tournament, managed this year, by Bill Tschirhart, was played on Tuesday & Wednesday, July 3-4. The team of Penny & Jim Irvine had been undefeated until the final game and were leading early, until Annie Dougherty & Clint Bailey took the lead. In the final end, Annie & Clint had a lead of 12-7 with two bowls to be played. Penny & Jim had four shot bowls in the head. However, Clint drew to the jack to pull off the victory. A very well played game with all four players making great shots.
March 16, 2018
The Spring General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Find out what your Board has been working on during the fall & winter. Pay your fees, sign up for leagues and catch up with your bowling friends. The Agenda will be emailed to you in the near future.
The Opening Day Jitney is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018. Please arrive at 1:15 PM for a 1:30 PM start. Mark & Alice Trueman are hosting this first event of the season. We will play a short game followed by Alice's delicious scones with tea or coffee. There is no specific dress code for the event.
Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018. This event is meant for anyone who wants to learn to bowl. Our coaches hope to have a good turnout so please talk to friends, family, neighbours and, hey, even perfect strangers, and encourage them to come down to try our great activity.
Our Coaching Week is scheduled for Monday, April 30 to Friday, May 4, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Our coaches will be on the green coaching folks from the Open House and also anyone who couldn't make that day but wants to get a feel for lawn bowling. So tell everyone you know to head on down to the club. The green will be open to members as well, but if we have great demand, please give priority to coaching activities.
August 31, 2017
THURSDAY EVENING PAIRS LEAGUE - SUMMER SESSION
Following a wild final game, Mark Trueman and Betty Locke emerged as the overall winners.
August 30, 2017
FRIENDLY FOURS TOURNAMENT
The Friendly fours was played on Wednesday, August 30 with the 16 participants being divided up in a random draw into 4 teams of two women and two men.
The teams played a double round robin of six-end games. Some really great bowling by all teams but the team of Betty Locke (skip), Duncan Locke (Vice), Carol Kavanagh (second) and Roy Wilkinson (lead) were just too strong winning all of their games and were declared the winners of Denny Baker Friendly Fours plaque.
August 28, 2017
The winner of the Monday Morning Pairs Ladder wasn't decided until the final game on August 28. Vivian Bleeks defeated Clint Bailey, accumulating a total of 79 points to Clint's 77.
August 24, 2017
LADIES' PAIRS LEAGUE
The final game of the Wednesday Evening Ladies Pairs League was played on August 23. The winners were Sheila Wethered and Audrey Pirie. See photo on the Photos-2017 page.
August 22, 2017
TUESDAY EVENING SINGLES LEAGUE
Tom Slemko defeated Ross Bulley in the final game of the Tuesday Evening Singles League to claim the plaque honouring the victor.
August 20, 2017
CLBC NOVICE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - MEN & WOMEN
Several women and men competed for the Novice Singles Championships. The victors were David Hungar for the men and Dawn Nakatsu for the Women. Thanks to Ross Bulley for organizing the event.
August 16-17, 2017
CLBC SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - WOMEN
Six women played a round-robin of five ten-end games. At the end of the round-robin, three women were tied for first place. These were Maria Ridewood, Vivian Bleeks, and Annie Dougherty. Following a short tie-breaker, Maria and Vivian played in a ten-end final game. It was a closely fought battle, providing the many spectators with a lot to cheer for. At the conclusion, Vivian was the victor. This was a remarkable achievement, considering that Vivian has been bowling for fewer than two years.
August 8-9, 2017
CLBC SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - MEN
Six men played a round-robin consisting of five ten-end games. This was followed by a playoff involving the top two players.
Bill Tschirhart was the overall winner and Roy Wilkinson was the runner-up.
July 13, 2017
70+ SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Ten players participated in the 70+ Singles Tournament held on July 12 &13. Following sectional play, four players met in the semi-finals: Tom Slemko defeated Roy Jaskow and Betty Locke defeated Clint Bailey. In the final game, Tom came from behind to claim first place over Betty Locke. (The tournament organizer, Bill Tschirhart, presented the markers with hand-crafted letter openers and ice cream "shovels".)
July 6, 2017
MIXED PAIRS TOURNAMENT
Ten teams played a modified round-robin, consisting of ten-end games over two days (July 4-5). The teams were evenly matched and there were many closely fought matches. At the end of the second day, the team of Bill Tschirhart and Sheila Wethered emerged as the overall winner. The semi-finals and finals were witnessed by 20 to 25 spectators.
June 28, 2017
TRUE NORTH TRIPLES LEAGUE
The final games of the True North Triples League, sponsored by Bill Tschirhart, were played on Wednesday, June 28. The Gold Medal Winners were Joan Wilson, Beth and Dredge Driedger. The Silver medalists were Bonnie and Bill Younger, and Pat Unger. The Bronze Medal Winners were Annie Dougherty, Roy Smith, and Maria Ridewood.
March 23, 2017
SPRING GENERAL MEETING
The date for the Spring General Meeting is Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm. in the clubhouse. This will be a very important meeting and you are encouraged to attend if at all possible. In addition, you will be able to sign up for the various leagues at the meeting and obtain more information on events planned for the summer. Most members arrive a little early so that they can pay their dues and meet with old friends.
FUND-RAISING EVENT - JUNE 25, 2017
The Fund raising committee (Joan, Reen and Bill Tschirhart) are planning a meeting early April. On Sunday, June 25, CLBC will hold a fund-raising event including a garage sale from 9am. until 2 pm., a food truck caterer, and a 10 hour bowlathon from 9 am until 7 pm. Many members are offering to help with the garage sale. Participants will be asked to donate $10.00 each to play in the Bowlathon. Funds will go towards club repairs.
SPRING CLEANING OF THE CLUB HOUSE
On April 1 from 10AM to 2PM, a work party is needed to do a Spring cleaning of the clubhouse. If you are able to participate, please contact Reen Lloyd at or 250-510-1025.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO COORDINATE BOWLING ACTIVITIES
Last year, six or seven members organized 95% of our lawn bowling activities and most of these members have been doing this for several years. We really need more people to contribute. Your Games Chair (Mark Trueman - firstname.lastname@example.org) is willing to help new coordinators get started. Please consider volunteering for one or more activities.