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Honeymoon Bay group hosts successful carpet bowling provincials

The Honeymoon Bay Carpet Bowlers hosted the B.C. Provincial Carpet Bowling Championships at the Lake Cowichan Recreation/Curling Club from April 30 to May 3.

The event consisted of 10 teams of fours, six teams of triples and 10 teams of pairs. Teams came from various communities around the province including from 100 Mile House, Little Fort, Kamloops, Delta, Surrey, Nanaimo, Langford, Duncan, Crofton, and Honeymoon Bay.

“Lots of fun, skill, and serious carpet bowling was had by all,” said organizer Dick Orman. “The Honeymoon Bay Carpet Bowlers and other ladies in our community prepared all soups and baked goods. Each day, we had a very dynamic kitchen crew and daily helpers to serve a different soup, various sandwiches, wraps, delicious desserts, and never-ending platters of snacks including muffins, cookies, squares, and cakes. We also supplied participants with snack bags for the long way home after the tournament.”

There was a great banquet held for all participants and guests on the Wednesday evening, catered by the Cowichan Lake Recreation and Cowichan Valley Regional District staff.

Honeymoon Bay had teams entered in all events. The local pairs team of Bruce and Wendy Carey received second place. The local triples team of Bert Lambert, Petey Sahay, Gary Goodfellow and Gord Austin received second place as well while the local fours team featuring John and Paulette McCaughey, Wendy Carey, and Anne Orman had a third place finish.

“I must admit that this tournament took a lot of pre-planning and work (but fun work in the end),” Orman noted. “I would like to thank all the Cowichan Lake Recreation/CVRD staff, all our volunteers, and of course all of our sponsors for their continued support – Cowichan Lake Forestry Co-operative Society, Area F Director, and Country Grocers.”

Many of the Honeymoon Bay bowlers now set their sights on training for the 2024 B.C. Seniors 55+ Games in Salmon Arm in September.