Archive for ‘Events’

March 20, 2011

The Boys Are Back

Team Canada at 2011 Tiger Bowls

The 2011 Tiger Bowls tour has come to a close and the Boys are back in town.  Above Greg, Jake, Darryl and Dylan pose at the HKFC indoor surface before commencing play in the Cup Section qualifier day 2 of Tiger Bowls.  After a slow start in their first game day 1,  the boys came into their own and won their next 4 games acquiring a total 25 of a possible 40 skins for the round.  That performance earned them 19th position and a spot in the Cup Qulaifier heading into the 2nd day.  After 3 games on day 2  Team Canada was seriously in the hunt for a birth in the semi-finals having scored 18 of a possible 24 skins off the likes of Australia-B and the top seed in the group VLBC-B.  Unfortunately the team fell short in the last 2 games of the qualifier missing out on the semi finals.  Congratulations to the events organizer Jacky Wong who won this years Tiger Bowls with his China-A team.

The China Tour portion of this years Tiger Bowls tour took place once again at Bijashan Park in prosperous Shenzhen China.  Despite less than optimal green speeds of 7 and 9 seconds from the A green to B green,  team Canada came out of the gates guns blazing with a dominating 21-4 performance over another Aussie squad.  The team went 2 and 1 on the day and on Day 2 came up against an impressive American squad and despite being down 5 with 2 to play Canada would not quit scoring 1 in the 11th and played their best end of the game in the 12th and final end.  Up 4 shots with 4 bowls to come,  Greg drew his first to make it 5.  The American skip missed narrow on a drive attempt and the green held his bowl up and past a seemingly easy target on his last bowl dropping a 5 to the Canadians for the win by 1 point.  In the 7th and last game of the round robin,  the boys came up against #2 in the world Safuan Said and with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses knew they needed a win for a chance at top 2 in the group and a birth in the quarter finals.  This game was by far the best the team played all week bowling over 50% as a team and a notable 63% by lead Darryl Fitzgerald.   Despite an excellent effort the team could only muster a tie against the very strong Malaysians who ended up losing to the Champion South African team in the semi-finals.  Well done to South Africa and runners up Netherlands who put on a very entertaining Final!

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March 3, 2011

Team Canada – TigerBowls 2011 Video

Team Canada heads to Hong Kong next week for the 2011 Tiger Bowls Invitational. Here is a preview of the team training at the sports complex in Scarborough. Check back here at Gregorbowls for updates as they happen from the tournament. Good luck team!

February 25, 2011

China Open 2011 – Schedule and Rules of Play

Tiger Bowls World Invitation China Tour organized by Chinese Multi Bowls Association takes place in Shenzhen, China from the 14th to 17th of March, 2011. This tournament is approved by World Bowls Limited.

All details of the event are linked below; details include Rules, Groupings, and Schedule.

TigerBowls 2011- China – Conditions Of Play

Tiger Bowls 2011- China – Teams

Good luck Canada, and GregorBowls very own Greg Wilson!

February 25, 2011

Tiger Bowls 2011 Schedule and Rules of Play

Tiger Bowls 2011 organized by Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Training Centre will be held from March 12th to the 13th, 2011. This tournament is supported by Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association and approved by World Bowls Limited.

All details of the event will are linked below; details include Rules, Groupings, and Schedule.

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Conditions Of Play

TigerBowls 2011 – Hong Kong – Teams – Men

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Teams – Women

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Men’s Day 1 fixture

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Men’s Day 2 fixture

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Women’s Day 1 fixture

TigerBowls 2011 – Hong Kong – Women’s Day 2 fixture

Note: Representing Canada is GregorBowls very own Greg Wilson. Good luck to all the teams!

February 15, 2011

Atlantic Championships 2011

The Atlantic Championships 2011 will be held at the Athena Beach Hotel in Pafos Cyprus from October 17-30.  Team Canada has selected the following team to participate in this tier 1 event; Pat Bird, Steve Santana, Steve McKerihen, Alex Scott and Gerorge Whitelaw along with Ladies; Shannon Battles, Mary Ann Beath, Kylah Dittmar, Jean Roney and Erin Roth.  The Championships will offer the ideal opportunity for those countries who have qualified for the World Championships in 2012, to compete  at the highest level against ,the following countries who are eligible to participate ; Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, England, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Malta, Namibia, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States and Wales.

The format of the event is as played at the World Championships, both men’s and women’s teams each consist of 5 players.  These 5 players will split up to play Singles or Fours,  then pairs or triples and all disciplines are played in traditional format.   Good luck to all competitors and to see the incredible venue click the followin link:          http://www.athena-cbh.com/home.php

February 15, 2011

Asia Pacific Championships 2011

 

The 2011 Asia Pacific Championships for lawn bowls is set to return to Australia in 2011.  Team Canada will consist of Ryan Bester, Mike Bester, Michel Larue, Cary Manns, and (myself) Greg Wilson along with ladies, Marg Lepere, Amanda Berg, Kelly McKerihen, Harriette Pituley, and Jackie Foster! (Team order yet to be announced)  Scheduled for November 26 to December 11, the event will be held at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay bowling clubs, hosts to the 2012 World Championships.  The event will incorporate 23 countries from the Asia Pacific region, with five males and five females representing each country.   Each player will compete in either singles or fours, and pairs or triples.   Medals are awarded to the winners, runners up and semi finals in each discipline.   An overall team trophy is awarded to the country with the best aggregated results in each gender category.  Live streaming of matches over the internet (link to be included at a later date) will occur for six singles and six team matches, with all 12 matches being shown on Australian television in one hour packages.

Countries competing include; Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia,New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Nuie, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

February 15, 2011

Team Canada Selection – Tiger Bowls / China Open 2011

This year Canada will be sending 4 young Ontarians to China to participate in the 2011 Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong,  and the China Open in Shenzhen China.  “The Boys”  as referred to by coach Lachlan Tighe at this years High Performance Training Camp,  have been training hard both on the greens at the camp,  and off the greens developing a solid gameplan in preperation for the upcoming events.  The average age of this 4’s team is only 24.5 which begs the question…. Who says Lawnbowls is an old man sport???  The Boys will be taking off for Hong Kong on March 9th of this year giving them a day to get used to the greens, and 13 hour time difference prior to play commencing on March 12.  The team :

Lead: Darryl Fitzgerald (30)

Second: Jake Schuknecht (18)

Vice: Dylan Jacobs (19)

Skip: Greg Wilson (29)

I’ll be doing my best to keep the blog up to date while overseas, but due to China’s censorship laws I doubt any results from the China Open will be available until our return home on March 18th.

Rules and Draw to follow.

February 15, 2011

Tiger Bowls / China Open 2011 Invitation

 14th Tiger Bowls World Invitation 2011        

2011 will see the advent of the Tiger Bowls-World Invitation in Hong Kong Tour and China Tour in Shenzhen, China. These prestigious tournaments are endorsed by World Bowls Limited and are poised to become one of the signature events on the international bowls calendar. Our aims are to promote the sport of lawn bowls internationally whilst also increasing the players’ skills through competition against world-class teams. At the same time, we hope to build friendship amongst associations across the globe. 

With this in mind, we want to cordially invite your association to send your national team to participate in these truly world class bowls events.

We look forward to welcoming many top international competitors from  overseas countries including:  Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Fiji, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Kenya, Korea, Macao, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Norfolk  Island, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, Singapore, Spain,  South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Wales, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

The competition will run from 12th to 17th March, 2011. However, we expect that players will arrive at Hong Kong on or before 11th March, 2011 and depart on 18th March 2010. The organizers will arrange transport from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China.    

The airfare costs will be borne by the participants, however, we, as event organizers, will provide hotel accommodation from 11th to 17th March 2010, Meals and transportation between the tournament venue and hotel accommodation will be provided on competition days. Prize presentation dinners will be hosted on Sunday 13th March and on Thursday 17th March 2011.

I should be most grateful if your association would reply to this official invitation by 10th JANUARY 2011. The schedule, play format and other detailed information will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

 Let us enjoy the bowling experience and atmosphere together in the Tiger Bowls World Invitation. We very much look forward to welcoming your team.

 Yours in Bowls,

Jacky Wong

President, Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Training Centre

Chairman of Organizing Committee, Chinese Multi-Bowls Association