Keep­ing bowl­ing alive

Aylesford bowler part of 2018 ladies’ pro­vin­cial can­dlepin cham­pi­onship team


A mem­ber of the ladies’ pro­vin­cial can­dlepin bowl­ing cham­pi­onship team and others con­tinue to keep the sport alive in the An­napo­lis Val­ley in spite of a lack of facilities.

Jess Bain of Aylesford and her Ballin’ Beavahs team­mates won the pro­vin­cial ladies can­dlepin bowl­ing cham­pi­onship at the 80th An­nual Nova Sco­tia Ladies Can­dlepin Provin­cials tour­na­ment, played from May 18 to 21 at Heather Lanes in New Glas­gow. Other team mem­bers in­clude coach Barry Soward, Jamie Le­blanc, Ni­c­hole O’con­nell, Denise Pin­sent, Donna Og­den and Michelle Whit­tle.

Bain said they had a good lead through­out much of the tour­na­ment but lost two matches to the Dead­wood Di­vas, putting the Beavahs in sec­ond place. Bain said it was pretty cool and quite special to have ev­ery­thing boil down to the cham­pi­onship match, which the Beavahs won. The Di­vas fin­ished in sec­ond place and Able Equip­ment fin­ished third.

Bain said it’s a phe­nom­e­nal feel­ing to win the cham­pi­onship at the 80th an­nual pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment. How­ever, she said it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter if you come first or last, they al­ways have a great time and many friend­ships have been built over the years. She said, “end­less fun and shenani­gans” al­ways ac­com­pa­nies com­pet­i­tive matches at the pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment.

“It just goes to show that, yes, we’re strug­gling with the two bowl­ing al­leys (in Mid­dle­ton and New Mi­nas) shut­ting down but can­dlepin bowl­ing is still alive and strong and it was a great week­end to com­mem­o­rate that,” Bain said.

She said the tour­na­ment was very well run by or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers Al­li­son Smith, Lisa Lynch and Theresa Brow. It in­cluded a cel­e­bra­tory ban­quet at the New Glas­gow branch of the Royal Cana­dian Legion.

Bain said it’s great to keep Val­ley rep­re­sen­ta­tion at these tour­na­ments go­ing, con­sid­er­ing the clo­sure of Fair­lanes in New Mi­nas and LMK Lanes in Mid­dle­ton. Although she is the only mem­ber of the cham­pi­onship team from the area, the tour­na­ment fea­tured the Val­ley An­gels team, which fin­ished in 10th place and used to bowl in New Mi­nas.

The sec­ond-place team, the Dead­wood Di­vas, has one mem­ber from New Ross, Sa­man­tha Hir­tle, one from Wind­sor, Lisa Lynch, and one from Wolfville, Sarah Kenny.

Bain, who has won na­tional and in­ter­na­tional bowl­ing ti­tles, said three teams of Nova Sco­tian bowlers are head­ing to New Hampshire in late June for the mixed world cham­pi­onships.

Bain is a 2003 se­nior girls’ na­tional five-pin cham­pion. This was only the sec­ond time a Nova Sco­tia com­peti­tor won the ti­tle, the first time since 1984. Bain is also a 2015 Ladies Can-am In­ter­na­tional cham­pion with the team NS Ex­treme.

Dream lives on

Bain said the dream of reestab­lish­ing a can­dlepin bowl­ing fa­cil­ity in the Val­ley re­mains alive. There is no can­dlepin bowl­ing fa­cil­ity be­tween Digby and Wind­sor. The only bowl­ing al­ley in the Val­ley is a five-pin fa­cil­ity at 14 Wing Green­wood.

Bain said a friend pur­chased 12 ma­chines and lane beds out of 24 from Fair­lanes af­ter it closed. The equip­ment is in stor­age with the in­ten­tion of set­ting it back up in an An­napo­lis Val­ley fa­cil­ity if the nec­es­sary funds can be se­cured. How­ever, she said things are never as easy as we’d like them to be.

“It’s a con­stant thought and a con­stant hope and dream and hope­fully one day we can put things into place and make it hap­pen,” Bain said.

She said you make the most of a bad sit­u­a­tion and can­dlepin facilities in Digby and Wind­sor have wel­comed dis­placed Val­ley bowlers with open arms. For ex­am­ple, Bain drives an hour to Wind­sor to par­tic­i­pate in sum­mer league.

“They treat us like ab­so­lute gold, so that’s made the tran­si­tion a lot eas­ier too, to be go­ing to a place where you’re so wel­comed and you feel so at home,” she said.


Jackie Fan­ning of Westville led the way as some of the bowlers at the 80th An­nual Nova Sco­tia Ladies Can­dlepin Provin­cials tour­na­ment dressed up in recog­ni­tion of the royal wed­ding on May 19, call­ing it “royal wed­ding, New Glas­gow style.”


Al­li­son Smith of the tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee presents Lau­rel Good­win of Heather Bowl­ing lanes with the Bunny Ma­son Me­mo­rial Most Sports­man­like Award at the 80th An­nual Nova Sco­tia Ladies Can­dlepin Provin­cials in New Glas­gow.


The Ballin’ Beavahs with the pro­vin­cial ladies’ can­dlepin bowl­ing cham­pi­onship tro­phy. They in­clude coach Barry Soward, Jess Bain of Aylesford, Jamie Le­blanc, Ni­c­hole O’con­nell, Denise Pin­sent, Donna Og­den and Michelle Whit­tle.

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