|Posted by Dr John Aveline on August 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM|
The Canadian 'Major' Championships are about to start and, since almost the entire 18 player squad is from the V&D, I thought I should have a look at each event and see what Team BC faces in its quest for gold.
Men's Fours: Cary Manns, Vince Mai, Kin On Lau & Clement Law have the skills and experience to hoist the trophy and they'll need it. There are some quality teams out there including Alberta A (Lyall Adams & Pat Bird), Saskatchewan (Doug Propp & Mark Sutyla) and Ontario A (Mark Sanford & the Whyte brothers). Not to be forgotten are Ontario B (Brad Fleming) & Nova Scotia (Terry O'Neil). The trick will be for the team to pull in the same direction. I would say they have the best line-up in the event.
Men's Triples: BC has an interesting team of German Santana, George Cubiss & Malcolm Taylor. Having the provincial singles champion as lead, makes you formidable. Add probably the most experienced majors 'rookie' in George Cubiss and German Santana, one of the most consistent bowlers in BC and you have all the parts for a gold medal trio. Their main challenge will come from Saskatchewan (Roney, Scott & Wilkie). New Brunswick and Ontario B are also top contenders. The most interesting team is Ontario A - McCartney, Wood & Terwillegar - a team that would have been really tough 25 years ago. But now?
Men's Pairs: Ah, 1/2 of the silver medal fours team that I was on do battle for BC - Jon Braun & Jamie McGowan. Their main opponents are Saskatchewan's Pituley brothers and Beazer and Oggie from Nova Scotia. Both Alberta teams could be sticky as well. If Jamie has his A game, look out! In the provincials these guys dominated, playing only one match to the full 18 ends in their undefeated run.
Women's Fours: Can you say powerhouse? Marlene Cleutinx, Josephine Lee, Sandy Yau & Rita Patterson fit the bill. They are the favourites, but there are very good challengers. Both Ontario teams are tough: Kelly McKerihen's foursome is really co-favourites, Marg Lepere's team is also tough (both skips are Commonwealth Games athletes). Also in the mix are Nova Scotia (lead Jackie Foster also competed in the 2014 CWG) and Saskatchewan (skip Jean Roney has 14 year old Jordan Kos as vice!).
Women's Triples: The trips have lots of experience at the Nationals and lots of talent. Mary Wright, Belle Chan & Ann Van Basteleare have the 'juice' to stand at the top of the podium and they'll need it. Manitoba's triples has Shirley Fitz and her mum Clarice. Alberta's trio has Claire Day and Amanda Berg. But the team to beat is Harriette Pituley, Rachel Larson & Fran Scott. The road to gold goes through this troika.
Women's Pairs: Reigning provincial gold medalist Marie Taylor takes Nationals rookie Nancy Leung under wing to Manitoba. Nancy is a very steady bowler. If she overcomes any nerves she might have, Marie's proven skills can take them a long way. Any end can be salvaged with a draw to the jack and it seems that Marie can do that whenever she wants.
BTW, to keep up with the Nationals, check out the Bowls Canada webpage.