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Another successful lawn bowling season wraps up in Cobourg

Rob Steffen (left), sponsor Scott MacCoubrey and David Steffen celebrate after the Steffens won the final at the Cobourg Lawn Bowling club this season.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Rob Steffen (left), sponsor Scott MacCoubrey and David Steffen celebrate after the Steffens won the final at the Cobourg Lawn Bowling club this season.

A successful season of lawn bowling tournaments came to a close at the Cobourg club on Sept. 9 with the traditional Sadie Hawkins fun tournament - but more of that event later.

On Sept. 7 the final open tournament was held. This was an open pairs which meant the teams could be any combination of men and ladies. The tournament was sponsored by MacCoubrey Funeral Home, one of the club's most loyal sponsors.

The 2015 and 2016 winners Rob and David Steffen from Oshawa returned to defend their title and on this occasion they returned as Canadian champions having recently won the men's pairs event at the national championships in Victoria B.C.

There was a field of 14 teams including six from Cobourg. The remaining teams were from Pickering, Oshawa, Peterborough, Campbellford and Trenton. Martin Foxhall of Cobourg is a member of the Ontario fours team that won the silver medal at the Canadian championships and he was playing with a previous Cobourg President, Fred Stringer.

The competition was therefore very tough and everyone was keen to avoid those teams in the first round draw.

Each team played three 12-end games and Rick Barnard and Don Godin from Campbellford were the unlucky ones who drew the Steffens in the first round. The Steffens won that game 18-8 and Foxhall and Stringer also had a big first round win of 18-5. As the two top scorers in the first round they were drawn against one another in the second round which the Steffens won by 16-4.

Despite a win of 13-9 in their final game that second round loss dropped Foxhall and Stringer to fifth place. The Steffen brothers went on to win their final game against Bob Reynolds and Glen Gray of Peterborough by 18-4 to win the trophy for the third successive year.

The only other team with three wins was the Cobourg team of Bob Bates and Vince Tamburello. However, their total of 44 points was eight behind the Steffens but good enough to take second place.

The full result was: Winners - Rob and David Steffen (Oshawa) 3 wins and 52 points; second - Bob Bates and Vince Tamburello (Cobourg) 3 wins and 44 points; third - Bob Matthews and Steve Nelson (Oshawa) 2 wins and 42 points; fourth - Rick Barnard and Don Godin (Campbellford) 2 wins and 36 points; fifth Martin Foxhall and Fred Stringer (Cobourg) 2 wins and 35 points. The winner of the prize for one win with the highest score went to Lorne Schiele and Barkeley Emmons of Pickering with 34 points.

In the Sadie Hawkins tournament club members enthusiastically entered into the Sadie Hawkins theme with some very colourful and strange clothing but that's as far as it went. There were no lady members chasing men around Victoria Park! Last year the tournament was cut short by rain but there were no such problems this year.

The tournament, sponsored by Hogans Hearing Aid Centres , was contested by twelve triples teams playing three ten end games with all the rounds having unusual formats such as timed bowling, bowling with the wrong hand and only counting bowls on one side of the jack. The other variation was that team positions were reversed so that skips were leads and leads were skips. The scores were very close with second and third places being decided by points against since the points scored were equal. However there was a clear winner as the team of Arnold Bowman, Helen Beaton and Pat Bylok was the only one to win all three games.

The full result was: winners - Arnold Bowman, Helen Beaton and Pat Bylok 3 wins and 75 points; second - Patricia Stender, Baylee van Steijn and Steve Haslam 2 wins and 74 points; third - Marjorie Jones, Vince Tamburello and Donna Longman 2 wins and 74 points; fourth - Pat Andersen, Carol Dewey and Carl Ferguson 2 wins and 60 points.

The winners of the club jitney on Sept. 5 were Helen Beaton, Fran Marsh and Dave Jones.

For more information about lawn bowling in Cobourg visit the club's website at