BC’s Michael Leong has claimed Gold at the 2019 Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships which were played at the Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club in Kitchener, ON. August 27-August 30th. This was a direct qualifier as now Leong will represent Canada at the 2020 World Bowls Champion of Champions event being held in Australia.
The field of 24 men and 24 women saw all types of weather conditions, some rain, hot sun and some windy conditions throughout the week. On the men’s side, it would be Michael Leong (BC) and Greg Wilson (AB) who would eventually make it through to the gold medal game. In the semis, Wilson had his way with Bezanson, defeating him 21-10. This would lead to back-to-back gold medal game appearances for Wilson, after making it to the gold-medal game in the Men’s Pairs discipline held at the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club the week prior. In the other semifinal match, it was David Anderson who would play Michael and got off to a quick start, but Michael started to bare down and made his way back. It would eventually be Leong that would get over the line with Anderson winning the game 21-20. In the gold medal match, it would prove to be a close game over the entire match. Wilson would find himself down but would make his way back using his power game as he drove his way back into contention. Michael would stay stead and would remain calm to finally win the Gold medal 21-20. In the bronze medal match, it was Ontario’s David Anderson’s game right from the start. Anderson’s draw game was consistent throughout, leading to a bronze medal win over Bezanson, 21-7.
On the women’s side, Bobbi-Jean Charlton (BC) would play Kathy Larking (ON) in the Gold Medal game. Bobbi-Jean played spectacular bowls all week as she stuck to her patient style of play to make it to the finals against ON. In the gold medal match, both Bobbi-Jean and Katy would make some great shots with the lead changing hands multiple times. With many back-and-forth swings, Larking would eventually claim the gold by a score of 21-14. For Larking, this was an improvement on her bronze medal win at the 2018 Canadian Singles Championships.
In the bronze medal match, Claire Day got off to an early 7-0 lead. Jordan Kos battled back however, and took the bronze medal by a final score of 21-17.
After winning the Canadian Championships, both Michael and Kathy Larking will head to the Adelaide Bowling Club in South Australia from October 26 to November 1, 2020 to represent Canada at the World Bowls Champion of Champions event.
Final Results: Canadian Championship Standings
Congratulations to all the BC Bowlers that were at the Canadian Championships. A special thank you to David and Annie Mathie for Managing the Teams. Along with George Cubiss who was the Head Umpire at both Canadian Championships in Ontario over the past couple weeks.