Crofton Eagles win carpet bowling event

Honeymoon Bay continues to be one of Vancouver Island’s hot spots for carpet bowling, following a recent tournament that

Connie Blatchford and George Capella

Honeymoon Bay continues to be one of Vancouver Island’s hot spots for carpet bowling, following a recent tournament that attracted teams from locations as far away as Port Alberni and Victoria.

On Nov. 23, the second annual carpet bowling fun tournament was hosted by the Honeymoon Bay Carpet Bowling Club in partnership with Cowichan Lake Recreation. The all-day event saw 12 teams competing from all over the Island including Victoria, Honeymoon Bay, Chemainus, Crofton, Duncan, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni.

The Crofton Eagles (Donna Shannon, Ferne Brown, Karen Ferguson, Wendy Slee and Craig Slee) walked away from the final match victorious over a team from Duncan (Duncan Seniors) that practices at the Valley Seniors Organization Activity Centre. These second place players were Joan Ayers, Alan Penn, Gordon Kent and Ian Baker.

The bronze-winning team was from Langford-Victoria and consisted of Jill Strasdas, Marion Wilhelm, Klaus Wilhelm and Donna Martin.

“It’s a fun tournament to develop skills,” said Tanya Kaul, recreation programmer with Cowichan Lake Recreation. “It’s an opportunity for people to improve their skills, socialize and enjoy the game.”

Kaul said the number of attendees was up over last year, although she wasn’t sure that increase was indicative of the sport overall. “There’s a consistent interest among players and seniors on Vancouver Island. It still brings out the 55-plus population. We haven’t tapped into the younger groups,” she said.

Dick Orman, coordinator of the Honeymoon Bay carpet bowlers group, said the activity is slowly growing in popularity as people find out about it. Just-for-fun tournaments like Wednesday’s are one way to potentially spread the word.

“And it helps people build confidence for going into tournaments,” said Orman. “Not everybody who carpet bowls will go into tournaments. But [for] those that are, it helps them build their skills.”

Also in attendance that day were Connie Blatchford and George Capella, two of the people who first introduced carpet bowling to Cowichan Lake in 2013.

This was the last big event for Honeymoon Bay carpet bowlers until the spring when they host several of the mid-island tournaments, including the pairs tournament on March 9, the fours tournament March 29, and the Vancouver Island Finals on April 26.

Just Posted

Shawnigan Lake man faces extradition

Anthony Michael Kubica appears in Vancouver courtroom

Enjoy ‘An Afternoon of Music’ with the Duncan Choral Society

The choir and their guests are ready to whisk your winter blues away

VIDEO: Cowichan’s Medfords take a tuneful trip through the 70s

It’s not the Seventies Show you expect, but you’ll be very happy with what you hear

B.C. Summer Games volunteers needed in Cowichan

Organizers need the engergy of about 3,000 volunteers

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

Plan your Hometown Hockey weekend

Find your favourites on the Hometown Hockey schedule

Hometown Hockey: Cowichan Capitals events

On Jan. 20 there will be special features during the game for Hometown Hockey

Coming up in Cowichan: Rain workshop, Joseph Mairs Memorial, timely film

Participants are encouraged to bring their roof dimensions

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Most Read