Lo­cal bowlers record a strike at Na­tion­als

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Scores

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.

Get­ting ac­quainted

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Jonathan Reid (left) and Ruby Rees trav­elled to Saska­toon, Sask. for the 2014 Na­tional Clas­si­fied Bowl­ing Cham­pi­onships June 2122.

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