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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!