LBNS is aware our provincial tournaments might be impacted as a result. Any changes to the LBNS play-down schedule will be announced shortly.
Have a great long weekend.
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Following is a message from Dale Kidd at Lawn Bowls NS:
Congratulations to Lena Cameron and Patti Granville for bringing home the silver medal in the women's pairs from the Canadian Championships in Victoria, and to Steve Ogden, Steve Bezanson and Mike Hadley for securing bronze in the men's triples. The entire 24-member strong Nova Scotia team represented all lawn bowlers in this province well, on and off the green.
I encourage newer bowlers to consider entering club tournaments and provincial tournaments going forward. Playing against experienced players is the best way to improve your game and sharpen your skills. Nova Scotia has a distinguished record at the national level - we punch above our weight class compared to bigger provinces - but we need the pipeline of talent continually flowing. It was good to see new faces competing at the recent Clarke and Robar tournaments, especially the juniors. And it was good to see so many new bowlers of all ages displaying great potential. The more you play the more confidence you gain.
Congratulations also to Debbie Foster, Anita Knox and Valerie Bechard for claiming bronze at the recent Canadian Senior Triples in Peterborough, and to 'world-class bowler' Steve Bezanson, Doug McLearn and myself, for capturing gold.
The Conditions of Play Committee will consist of Jackie Foster (chair), Ruth Bowman and Paul Knox. Their task is to update and upgrade our Conditions of Play by Spring 2018.
Good things are happening in our sport - Cobequid LBC under the leadership of Helen Brightman bit the bullet earlier this summer on refurbishing its green which is now receiving rave reviews from all bowlers; Wanderers LBC under the leadership of Mark Singer invites companies and groups to sample bowling on a regular basis and has increased its membership by 300 per cent in the last two years to now sit at approximately 130 members; Dartmouth LBC under the guidance of Charmaine Cameron along with joint Juniors chairpersons Ann Marie Siteman and Lena Cameron and their committee put on an exceptional national junior championship; Bedford LBC and Bridgetown LBC continue to be the only clubs in the province who deliver young bowlers to our sport through junior programs; and St. Mary's LBC continues to be the home for the successful Lawn Summer Nights, a charity for Cystic Fibrosis.
The LBNS Awards Night will take place on Saturday, Oct 14 at Riverside Pub & Grille, 1552 Bedford Highway (above Sunnyside Restaurant) at 5:30 - 6p.m., and the AGM will take place Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1p.m. at Bedford LBC.
Good luck to Terry O'Neil and John Siteman currently playing at the Canadian Outdoor Singles in Winnipeg, and to Team NS heading off to compete in the Atlantic Bowls in Montreal.
Enjoy fall bowling everyone,
Following is a message from Dale Kidd at Lawn Bowls NS:
(#32 August 7, 2017)
Good luck to Team Nova Scotia as it takes on the rest of Canada in Victoria at the Nationals starting next Monday. You can keep up to date with action and results on the greens by going to the Bowls Canada web site.
Congratulations to Dartmouth LBC for putting on a first class national junior/ U25 event enjoyed by everyone. Kudos to Ann Marie Siteman and Lena Cameron for leading the committee by example every step of the way, to Sue Ellen Horne for leading the fabulous kitchen crew, to the grounds crew, the drivers, flippers, markers, umpires steady throughout in the intense heat, the communications group, and to those who helped quietly behind the scenes with acts of generosity and kindness. Well done all! And what great bowls to watch!
... which leads to congratulations going out to our junior and under 25 players who bowled so well and learned so much. We can be very proud of the way our athletes conducted themselves on and off the green. The younger competitors have a great future ahead of them. Emily Alford along with an Ontario partner took silver in the Forster Lang Pairs, and Carissa Lynch and Braeden Campbell came fourth in the Forster Lang pairs. Braeden also settled for fourth in the Junior Singles. Most noteworthy however was yet another Nova Scotian to show excellence on the greens and claim gold nationally – this being none other than our own Cameron LeFresne, winner in Men's Under 25 Singles!
Congratulations to Bluenose winners, a DLBC sweep: Heather Salmon, Pauline Coward and Joan Thomas; and Dave Driscoll, Ray MacDonald and Vince Landry. The competition was once again a great success.
A reminder that if anyone else would like to work on a group updating the LBNS competitions Conditions of Play, please let me know.
Apologizes for the web site not being updated lately. This is due to having a limited number of volunteers who have been immersed in work related to the national juniors/U25 tournament.
On behalf of LBNS Trophies Chair, Doug McLearn, whenever you require a provincial trophy for a championship, you should first contact the club trophies chair. The club trophies chair will arrange for a provincial trophy to be relocated.
Congratulations to Atlantic Trial Pairs winners: Jackie Foster and Tammy Foster-Veinot, and Steve Bezanson and Doug McLearn; and to NS Mixed Pairs winners: Charles Stock and Ruth Bowman who will attend the national mixed pairs in 2018.
Could we get any better weather in which to bowl?
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(#28 May, 2017)
The 2017 season is upon us and natural grass greens appear to have weathered the winter well. Issues with the artificial surface at Cobequid are being remedied by the town of Truro.
Preparation for the national juniors at Dartmouth LBC is well underway, led by Ann Marie Siteman and Lena Cameron.
LBNS has filled the vacant chief umpire and provincial officiating chair board positions. Ron Cameron take over from Val and Cal Bechard. I want to thank Cal and Val for all they have given back to the sport. We are still looking to permanently fill the Ways and Means position.
Provincial Treasurer, Janet Kelly hopes to secure East Coast Credit Union as our silver sponsor once again.
Our Blue Book is ready for distribution. Thanks goes to Kathy Myketyn for putting it together.
We have name tags being supplied by LBNS to club coaches thanks to the work of provincial coaching coordinator Carolyn Ulch with help from provincial trophies coordinator, Doug McLearn.
The executive has approved an application by Wanderers LBC president, Mark Singer, to rename the Dudley Kerr the Jack Robar Memorial and host it annually concurrent with the Clarke. It is gratifying to know that this now means each club will host at least one open tournament each season.
Club tournament organizers and provincial tournament officials are reminded to provide tournament results to Chris Donnachie's public relations team, whose objective is to publish results in the media as well as on our web site and Facebook page.
For access to the LBNS web site Documents page, containing meeting minutes and conditions of play, the username is: lbns and the password is: bowls14
At the recent semi-annual general meeting, for which we thank host BLBC, a motion to change the wording of article 19C was approved with a 7 to 5 vote. The article now reads:
19C Player Substitution:
Any player substitutions are to be chosen from players who played in any provincial event the same year, and after that any other member may be chosen. The substitute must be approved by the provincial executive.
Club presidents have agreed that membership recruitment through club open houses will be at the discretion of the clubs, as will celebration of Canada150.
Vice president, Howard Oakey has distributed new bowler handbooks and rule books to the clubs.
We await BCB's final decision on competition changes for 2018 which is scheduled to be delivered soon. I will have the report distributed to all clubs, to in turn send to their members.
A group in Port Williams under the leadership of Cathy Siddell continues to pursue the formation of a club and Charles Stock is liaising with the group.
I want to thank all those who work behind the scenes to make our association, clubs and sport the success that it is. Now we have to spread the word about what a 'best kept secret' our sport is.