To say it was a dominate performance would be an understatement, as the BC Youth Lawn Bowlers put on a massive display of excellence over the week at the Juan de Fuca LBC at this years 2019 Canadian Youth Championships. A total of 13 players from across the Province of British Columbia strutted their stuff on the greens throughout the week, bringing home 7 medals in total and doing us all proud both on and off the greens.
Canadian Junior Championships (under 18)
In the Juniors Girls competition, it was Luci Ewen who played in the finals against Saskatchewan’s Alena Bergeron (SK). Luci would go undefeated in the round robin section with a perfect 4-0 record, while Bergeron would finish in 2nd place at 3-1
in Pool A. The two would meet again in the final and that positioning wouldn’t change, as Ewen would win the final 18-11 to win the top spot and finish with the Gold medal. Sierra Trueman (BC), who won Pool B would lose to Ewen in a spirited match in the finals but would prevail in the Bronze match 18-11 over Alexis Gallacher (AB).
The Junior Boys saw some great action all week, as well as BC had 7 boys participating in the competition. It would be two BC boys that would win their Pools, as Auzzie Chambers (BC) and Trevor Birrell (BC) would both finish with 5-1 records and head to the Semi-Finals. After a few tie-breaking games, it was determined that Auzzie Chambers (BC) and Trevor Birrell (BC) would meet in the semi finals, with the other semi-final game between Owen Twamley and Lorrand Wong (SK). Birrell would beat Chambers 18-8 and Wong would beat Twamley 18-9 to set up the finals. Trevor Birrell would dominate the final game 18-3 to take home the top prize and be crowned the 2019 Canadian Junior Champion.
Canadian U25 Championships
With the Under 25 Girls there were 3 players this year so they would play a double round robin to determine the top two places and would head to the finals for a one game shootout. In the end it was BC’s Emma Boyd that would lead the pack with a 3-1 record. Carah Webster from BC would finish the sectional play at 2-2 and Jordon Kos (SK) 1-3. It would be the two BC’s girls that would meet in the finals and Boyd would finish off a blue ribbon year with a 21-17 game that saw great shot making throughout. Emma will head over seas to represent Canada at the World Youth Championships in Newcatsle England, this coming December. Emma posted “I’m so grateful for my wonderful family, which I never could have done this without, thank you endlessly! Special thanks to the spectators, umpires, coaches, volunteers and competitors without you this awesome event could never happen!”
The U25 Boys would have some great competition this year as the competitors from 5 Provinces would make their way to Victoria to compete for the chance to represent Canada. This year British Columbia would have two players, Max Bodley-Scott, Gordon Head LBC and Michael Fraser from Sidney LBC. Max would go through sectional play with a 3-1 record and finish tied for top spot, where Michael would have a few bad breaks along the way and finish with a 1-3 record. Semi Final action would put Fraser up against experienced bowler Brandon Watson from Saskatchewan, eventually losing 21-9, sending him to the Bronze medal game where he would eventually lose 21-14 to Erik Galipeau (ON). Watson would have little trouble with fellow Sask Bowler, Jordan Gailey as he would get over the line and take home the Gold and the Canadian title with a 21-14 win. Watson will also represent Canada in Newcastle as he will travel with Emma Boyd this coming December.
Full Tournament Results: https://www.bowlscanada.com/en/championship/2019champ_youth.html
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Congratulations to all players that played this year as you represented your Provinces and Clubs tremendously. A special thanks to all the volunteers that helped at the Juan de Fuca LBC, with a special thanks to Head Umpire, George Cubiss and to to Chair Organizers, Annie and David Mathie for all their hard work over the past couple months.
Here Are Your 2019 British Columbia Representatives
Junior Girls (U18)
Luci Ewen – (Oak Bay LBC)
Sierra Trueman – (Sidney LBC)
Junior Boys (U18)
Trevor Birrell – (Sidney LBC)
Auzzie Chambers – (Granville Park LBC)
Jonathan Mantell – (Juan de Fuca LBC)
Logan Saunderson – (Sidney LBC)
Dave Schule – (Nanaimo LBC)
Owen Twamley – (Sidney LBC)
Jason Valchar – (Nanaimo LBC)
Under 25 Girls
Emma Boyd- (Tsawwassen LBC)
Carah Webster – (Juan de Fuca LBC)
Under 25 Boys
Max Bodley-Scott – (Gordon Head LBC)
Michael Fraser – (Sidney LBC)
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