Gordon Croft throws the bowl to gauge its weight with gold medal-winning bowler Egon Gron watching his form. “You don’t drop the bowl

Bowled over: Carpet bowling comes to Honeymoon Bay

New recreation program: Senior Games gold medallists help launch carpet bowling program

Carpet bowling has come to Honeymoon Bay through the donation of two used mats from the Valley Seniors Organization.

The 2013 Seniors Games carpet bowling gold medal-winning foursome of Connie Parker (formerly of Lake Cowichan), George Capella (formerly of Honeymoon Bay), Jean McIntyre of Skutz Falls and Egon Gron of Duncan were on hand Nov. 18 at the Honeymoon Bay Community Hall to launch the area’s carpet bowling program and to teach a dozen Cowichan Lake area residents the proper etiquette and rules for play.

The Duncan seniors team, which has an average age of 82.5, split the group of participants into four teams and helped them gauge the weight of the balls — called bowls — and worked to improve their throwing style.

Carpet bowling is a combination of curling and bowling, with lighter balls and less running around, that appeals to the people who were here to learn the game.

Karla Erickson was here because she is looking for a sport that is not hard on the neck and shoulders. Within a few throws, she was getting the feel for the odd-shaped weighted bowls and was placing them near the jack — the little ball you need to end up closest to.

Carolyne Austin from the Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre says they have an active group of players, and they hope that tournaments can be arranged between the two communities in the future.

Linda Blatchford, manager of Cowichan Lake Recreation, feels if there is enough interest in carpet bowling that more mats can be purchased for other halls in the area, but for now, players will be able to play at the Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre or Honeymoon Bay.

Carpet bowling in Honeymoon Bay will run until February when outdoor lawn bowling starts.

For information or to join a team, Guy Patten encourages people to show up at the Honeymoon Bay Hall on Mondays at 10 a.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. People can also call the Hall at 250- 749-4700 or call Cowichan Lake Recreation at 250-749-6742.


Just Posted

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Chemainus

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

Crofton Alternate Water Supply Project eliminates boil water advisories

System takes away the need to utilize Crofton Lake in the event of a disruption to mill source

First-ever Cowichan Bluegrass Festival a hit at Lake Cowichan

With great music, great weather, and great ambience at Laketown Ranch: everyone loved it

Rats edge Arrows in playoff preview

Postseason begins for Cowichan at home on Saturday

Mary Lowther column: Without the bees, there are no crops

Wikipedia explains that the mason bee was named for the way it builds clay nests to lay its eggs.

VIDEO: Rare white killer whale captured by drone near Campbell River

The transient orca has been named Tl’uk, a Coast Salish word that means ‘moon.’

Coming up in Cowichan: Spend Father’s Day fishing, or head to the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Deadline coming to register for class reunion The Cowichan Secondary Class of… Continue reading

B.C.-born Carey Price brings young fan to tears at NHL Awards banquet

Anderson Whitehead first met his hockey idol after his mother died of cancer

Licence issue delays boozing while cruising on BC Ferries

Planned June launch for alcohol sales delayed

Nanaimo a prime market for new plane, Air Canada says

Vice-president previews Airbus A220, praises Nanaimo’s growth in passenger numbers

B.C. school mourns after 13-year-old killed by fallen tree on field trip

Teenager died after being struck and pinned by tree while on a field trip near Sooke

RCMP deploys special unit in Comox Valley to combat organized crime

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit spends four days targeting organized crime in Courtenay

B.C. temporarily halts resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

Most Read