Local bowlers record a strike at Nationals
The Old Mill Lanes in Bay Roberts was a hive of activity on Oct. 15.
Each of the bowling alley’s six lanes were full as athletes took their best shot at recording a strike.
Every second, balls careen down the polished hardwood floor towards the five pins stationed at the other end.
Some made their shots, while others knocked down two or three pins at a time.
Ruby Rees was one of the bowlers aiming to beat their top score. At times, she was spot on.
During others, Rees was left to throw a second ball in an attempt to knock down what remained.
Later she threw a ball at a single pin and walked away. The ball struck the pin as she high-fived her teammates.
Rees and fellow Old Mill Lanes bowler Jonathan Reid were two members of the provincial team that competed at the 2014 National Classified Bowling Championships held in Saskatoon, Sask., June 21-22.
Both had modest success at the tournament. The Newfoundland and Labrador men’s team finished in sixth — a formidable result given the number of bowlers this province has to offer — while the women’s team narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.
The team was awarded fourth place by 0.6 of a point.
“We were so close,” said Rees with a laugh.
The trip was her first trip to nationals as a player. Previously, Rees went to the competition as a coach.
For Reid, it was his third trip to the big competition.
“It’s always great to go,” he said.
Each team played 14 games against the likes of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Scores were averaged out at the end of the final game and combined.
Through 14 games, Reid bowled an impressive average of 209.14. It was one of the highest in the competition.
His highest mark was a score of 260.
Meanwhile, Rees delivered an average score of 162.79. She peaked with a score of 246.
“I had a couple of good games,” she said.
Reid said it took a couple of games to get into the swing of things in Saskatchewan.
“There are so many things to get used too,” he said.
Getting used to the lanes is akin to becoming acquainted with a green if you were a golfer, according to Reid.
Each lane plays differently than the next. It takes a time to learn what action you put on the ball will produce the desired effect.
However, once the bowlers got used to it, the tournament ran smoothly.
Listening to the pair speak, it was easy to hear the passion they have for the sport. Their eyes light up at the mere mention of the sport.
“It’s like living,” said Rees.
Jonathan Reid (left) and Ruby Rees travelled to Saskatoon, Sask. for the 2014 National Classified Bowling Championships June 2122.