Welcome back to another season!
Our Team performed very well at the National Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Our contingent won the Aggregate for the first time in many years. Congratulations to the entire contingent. Our Seniors won Gold dominating the field by only losing 2 games the whole tournament. Vivianne Neal, a rookie, had 20 wins and 1 loss in match play. Georgette repeated as the Gold Medal winner in the singles competition. Tom Stevenson averaged 262.
Our Teaching Men waited until the last game to win their gold medal. Coach Brian Sudbury and the team now have a few more grey hairs. They were tied with Southern Ontario going into the last game. We took 7 points while Southern Ontario took 5 for a 2 point win. The teaching men were a plus 1063 while Ontario was plus 873.
After a slow start, our Tournament Ladies won their last 9 games to easily take the Gold Medal. They had a solid team effort with rookie Jennifer Baker leading the way with a 259 average and a high game of 405. Dianne Violini had 18 wins and 3 losses in match play.
Mailinda Thomson won the Teaching Ladies Gold Medal and Adrian Burke won the Silver in the Teaching Mens singles.
Matt Schultz had an extremely close Gold Medal match but had to settle for a Silver Medal in Tournament Division Singles. Bonnie McDonald won a three person one game roll off to qualify for the Tournament Division Ladies Singles step-ladder and ended up with a Bronze Medal.
Our Teaching Ladies tied for 5th and were only 8 points out of third place. Our Tournament Men finished 4th by ½ a point to Quebec.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped us at our July Casino in Calgary. Rumor has it our next Casino event will be New Year’s Eve 2013.
Thank you to all of the volunteer coaches who helped at this year’s bowling school in Calgary. We had a very good turnout.
We are hosting the 2013 Master Bowlers’ Association of Canada Championships in Calgary this year from June 29 – July 4, 2013. We need volunteers for a number of activities. Please contact Maureen Atkinson at 403-254-5852 to get on the volunteer list.
We hope you all have a great year and can land a spot on our Alberta Contingent for this year’s Nationals.
Included with this newsletter you will find an entry form for the Master/Youth Tournament. These entry forms are to be forwarded to Maria Wood. Maria’s information is included on the entry form.
The Master/Youth Tournament will be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2012 at Paradise Lanes in Calgary. Please note that the shifts will be combined if there are not enough entries.
5 PIN CARD REMINDER
This is a reminder that all participating members of the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta must have a CURRENT 5 pin card. You must be a member in good standing in both the Canadian 5-Pin Association and the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta prior to November 30th of the current bowling season. Should you happen to make a National team without a card you will be disqualified and not allowed to go to the National event.
CHANGES TO THE BOARD
We would like to thank Georgette Lafreniere for her 15 years of service on our board as the Senior Division Director. Georgette has done a fantastic job over the years as the Senior Director, bringing many new ideas to the Provincial Tournaments. Georgette has made the Provincials a great event with the many fun enhancements that she has made!! You will be missed not only for your great tournaments, but for the wonderful job you have always done by sending in the results in a timely and accurate fashion.
Also, a big thank you to Terry Desaulniers who is stepping down as the secretary for the MBA of A. Terry has done a wonderful job of keeping the minutes for the Board meetings and the AGM’s for 15 years.
We would like to welcome Terry Ell as the new Senior Division Director.
Please check the insert included with this newsletter for contact information for your Board members!
AGM DRAW WINNER
Congratulations to Terry Desaulniers on winning a new pair of Dexter bowling shoes sponsored by Sanders Pro Distributors. Those who attended the Annual General Meeting had their name put in the draw and were eligible to win. The meeting was held on May 27, 2012, in Red Deer.
LATE RENEWAL FEE
Please note that the late fee of $10.00 if renewal fees are not paid by September 21st of the current bowling season.
Remember, the 2012 Nationals will be held in Calgary, Alberta from June 29, 2013 – July 4, 2013!!