There was a time when Stanley Park had members who routinely won provincial championships, went on to win national medals and even to represent Canada in international competitions. That hasn’t been the case for most of the 2000s, although there have been a few players who have continued this tradition. In the last two or three years, however, there has been a renaissance for competitive bowling at the club and this year’s results in B.C. provincial championships have people outside our club taking notice of us. Here’s the latest on our club members’ performance.
The Fours took place at the Juan de Fuca club in Victoria on the July long weekend. Cheryl Young and Sue Hall – members of last year’s gold medal team – made it to the quarter-finals where their team’s reign as champions sadly came to an end. 2nd-year bowlers David Lewis and Will Hall played with two experienced Richmond bowlers – Eric Leung and Daniel Au – and made the medal rounds. They lost a very competitive semi-final game and finished in 4th place. The team of Petra VanderLey, Geordie Stowell, Vanessa Siu and Mary Ann Gillies competed hard but finished out of the playoffs.
The Singles were next up, and they took place at the New Westminster club on the weekend of July 12th. We were well represented in the men’s and women’s competitions. Petra VanderLey and Vanessa Siu had some close games, but they finished out of the playoffs. On the men’s side, David Lewis, Will Hall and Albert Nieuwold played some excellent bowls, with Albert just missing out on the playoffs.
The Pairs took place at the North Vancouver club on the weekend of July 26th. We were very well represented: Rob Berridge (with his brother Tom); Will Hall (with Shayne O’Flaherty); David Lewis & Jim Aitken; and Albert Nieuwold (with Malcolm Taylor) played in the men’s competition. Albert and Malcolm went all the way to the medal rounds, losing a tough semi-final game and finishing 4th. On the women’s side, the teams of Geordie Stowell & Vanessa Siu and Petra VanderLey & Mary Ann Gillies both made the quarterfinals where Geordie and Vanessa lost a close game. Petra and Mary Ann lost a heartbreaker in the semi-finals and went on to finish 4th.
Summary of Provincials:
It has clearly been a good summer for our bowlers at provincials, but it has been a great year overall for us. Here is a summary of how our players have fared in indoor and outdoor B.C. provincial championships so far this year.
3 gold medals – Jim Aitken (men’s indoor singles); Neil Wilson (men’s indoor triples); Sue Hall & Mary Ann Gillies (women’s indoor pairs)
1 bronze medal – Mary Ann Gillies (women’s indoor singles)
5 4th place finishes: David Lewis & Will Hall (men’s outdoor 4s) Albert Nieuwold (men’s outdoor pairs); Petra VanderLey & Mary Ann Gillies (women’s outdoor pairs); Sue Hall, Cheryl Young & Mary Ann Gillies (women’s indoor triples); Will Hall & Mary Ann Gillies (indoor mixed pairs)
2 ¼ finalists: Geordie Stowell & Vanessa Siu (women’s outdoor pairs); Sue Hall & Cheryl Young (women’s outdoor 4s)
We all are proud of the efforts these players have put in and of their accomplishments. If you aspire to play in provincials or V & D competitions, I’m sure they’d all be happy to give you some tips! Well done team Stanley Park!