OLBA congratulates the Youth Singles bowlers:

Gold: Erik Galipeau
Silver: Ethan D'Sa
Bronze: Jack Fowler
Fourth: Jake Masterson


Gold: Baylee van Steijn
Silver: Adrianna D'Sa
Bronze: Cori Millard
Fourth: Bridget Masterson


Also a big thank you to the Cobourg Club for another fine job of hosting this event.



OLBA congratulates the Senior Triples bowlers:

Thanks to Windsor for a fine job hosting and for live streaming the exciting end of the Gold Medal Game.

Gold and Silver advance to National Championships in Beaconsfield LBC – Quebec on September 13 to 17, 2019.


Gold: Ancaster - Kathy Smith Val McWilliams Pat Kostecki

Silver: ​Nepean - Rosalie Parsons-Brown Sandra Jefferies Cheryl McBain

Bronze: Windsor - Mary Lou Demers Louise Vitalle Jeannette Quenneville

Fourth: Cobourg - Nan Hendren Kathleen Shirley Louisa Arthur


Gold: Hanover - Ken Bester Rick Allen Larry Boshart

Silver: Woodstock - Wayne Wright Don Caswell Tom Roth

Bronze: Grimsby - John Heaney Bob Christie Bill King

Fourth: Brampton - Glen Patton Archie Marshall Herbie Nesbitt

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Notes from a Novice

Thoughts from a lawn bowls novice - a periodic series from a relatively new bowler learning the sport.

District 11 Playdowns at Monora


July 17 by Bill McCollam Markham

I’ve only played in one other District Playdowns, and really enjoyed the experience. So I was quite interested in the opportunity to play a Mixed Pair format for District 11 recently. In considering whether to play, I noticed that the Playdowns were going to be held in a club I wasn’t familiar with - Monora. On the one hand, this made the opportunity even more interesting as I enjoy playing new clubs. On the other hand - it means that I had no familiarity at all with how the greens work.

I’m lucky in that my partner is also a great believer in preparation and was quite willing to join me in a drive up the 404 and along highway 9 to Orangeville. The club President, Brian Sparks, was very gracious and opened the club for us to practice as much as we wanted. Monora has a single green composed of 1,400 square feet of nylon synthetic fibers over a stone base. We knew it’d be fast, but we figured our experience on the carpet at Richmond Green would help us figure it out. Not exactly!

We showed up for practice on a very hot day in June (like pretty well all the days in June). Brian met us and helped us set up. It was challenging to say the least. I use Taylor Aces and my partner uses Taylor Internationals - both fairly wide bowls. When we play indoors, we are used to taking an aiming point into the adjoining rink - but at Monora we often had to aim into the rink two over! After a while we did manage to more-or-less figure the lines - but weight was still a problem, especially on short jacks. Before we left practice, I timed the green from tee to tee - 17.5 seconds from release to the bowl stopping!

On the day of the playdowns it was forecast to be hot again with chances of thunderstorms. Our game plan was to keep the jack short when we could and force our opponents (only one other entry in District 11) to adjust to the speed. Well, you know what they say about ‘best laid plans’... It was quite cool when we arrived for a 9:00 am start and the green was playing fairly slow (at least relative to our practices). The first game was very close highlighted by a tremendous trail of the jack on the opponents last bowl in a middle end for a 5. We lost that first game 13 - 15.

By the second game - it had really heated up. The greens were playing almost as quickly as in practice, and we were able to get our game plan going. By the end of 4 ends (with a short jack) we had a 10 point lead and held on to win handily.

Then the clouds opened…

Thirty minutes of torrential downpours during the break, and again shortly after we started the third game - left the green (and the players) in a sopping wet state. Every bowl would create a rooster tail of spray as all of us had to throw runners to reach the jack. It felt like bowling through treacle. Certainly not the conditions to match the super-delicate touch bowls my partner and I had practiced. However, our opponents took to it (like ducks to water?), and thoroughly trounced us.

Driving home, still hot, damp and cranky - I reflected that resiliency and adaptiveness are at least as important as preparation in competitive bowls.


Bowls Canada successly applies for the Ontario Summer Hosting Grant to support Burlington and Heritage clubs in holding the Canadian Championships.

Burlington and Heritage will split $20,000 between the two clubs from the Ontario Summer Hosting Grant. Bowls Canada began the process at the start of 2019 in cooperation with the OLBA to get grant funding to assist the host clubs for the national championships. Let's give a big shout out to Jake Schuknecht and the staff at BCB for their fine work on this project.


Check out OLBA Member Clubs' Tournament Results Blog.

See what has happened at tournaments across Ontario.  Submit your OLBA club's tournament results to the blog.

We're pleased to report that the Tournaments Results page is quite active!  We now have over 20 clubs reporting over 30 tournament results featuring over 60 sponsors.  If you bowl in club tournaments - check for your results.  If they are not posted - then please ask your tournament convenor to submit them.

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Woodstock Celebrates 125th Anniversary

The OLBA congratulates the Woodstock Club on the special occasion. Many of its members have contributed not just at the local, but the provincial and national level.


Congratulations Ryan Bester on winning of the Tweed Heads Open Premier Singles. Ryan defeated Kurt Brown 25-7 in the final.



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National Youth 2020

Calling all clubs interested in hosting this prestigous tournament

The 2020 National Youth Championship will be held in Ontario.  OLBA in conjunction with Bowls Canada is seeking clubs with an interest in hosting.  Candidate clubs must have a double green and apply by Aug 31st, 2019 to

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