By Jim Margueratt
Pete Haveman topped the adults, Stephan Nissan was first in the 14 & under division & Colin Duncan was the best in the 15 & over division of the Tournament of Champions at Skyway Lanes. With his 205 average, Haveman was hot with games of 251, 255 & 214 for a 720 scratch triple for a handicap total of 825 for a slim one pin victory over Rhys Westmoreland’s 824, with a scratch score of 704 (227,232,245). Another 700, this time a 713 (200,224,289) by Sean Bailey placed him third at 803. Harold Jacques threw a 257 & Doug Schatz 246.
Nissan with his 92 average rolled 123, 112 & 138 for a 373 scratch triple and a 12 pin victory of 817 to 805 over seven year old London Lewis who tied Nissan with his 373 triple (139). High singles were Damon Stanfield 171 & Harizah Kulchyk-Ward 169. Duncan used a 210 game to a two pin victory over Ashley Nelson who threw a 205. Super singles were Kenton Schatz 255 & Austin Gottlieb 233.
If at first you don’t succeed applies to Ryan Dickenson who after throwing a 296 game in a 938 set one week, was four pins better shortly after with his fifth career 300 game at Skyway Lanes. His four game set was 953. Art Oliver Jr. has added to his 800 total with number 11 on games of 255, 288 & 280 for a 823. Then a 255 gave him a 1078 set. While Dickenson missed 300 by four pins, even closer to 800 was Matt Lewis at 799 (246, 253, 300). Then a spare followed by 11 strikes and a 290 gave Lewis a 1089 set.
In other Jonarc action at Skyway, Mick Anderer 1018 (278), Aaron Bouchard 1008 (279,266), Conrad Merkir 1003 (279,258), Len Garinger Jr. 998 (258) and Dave Custeau a 279 single. In V.S.L. play, Mike Ellis and Ed Margueratt continue their battle for a 200 average with Ellis on top by four pins after triples of 655 (233), 632 (236) & 609 (239) and Margueratt scored triples of 624 (2380, 611 (213) & 593 (233). Barb Roy edged son Travis 192 to 187 & Jim Margueratt spared the 3 – 6 – 7 – 10 split. Congratulations to Marion Pickering on the arrival to son Chris, and grandson Derek & his wife Carla, Marion’s great grandson Linden Pickering.
After a slow start when the Sunday Sports moved from Bowlerama Stoney Creek to Burlington Bowl, Val Ciach-Link is finding her stride with triples of 673 (232,227,214) & 657 (205,225,227). Personal best triples were recorded by Debbie Whitfield 563 (19), Dave Gava 456 (188) and First year bowler Nigel Avery, 101 average with an even 400 (157). Duane Walterberry scored a personal best 223 single, Shirley Campbell a 447 with a pair of 162’s,and Corey Raymer finished with 225 & 227 for a 657.
Another B.S.C. league moved, but Whitfield Glass had a short journey to Skyway and with 600’s were John Halbert 680 (257,257), Ivo Colnaric 671 (248) & Angelo Florani 632 (224). Close were Bill Carter 5912 (224) & John DiBattista 582 (210). Tom Beckingham slapped a 545 (190) & Rick Squires 493 (172) with his 136 average.
Reliable Bill Hicks who fired his third 300 game earlier this season, reports a pair of 290 games at Star Lanes by Richard Parker & Jeff Easton. More details later but 300 games have been reported by Nick Murphy, Brian Ward & Mick Anderer. As mentioned above Ryan Dickenson rolled a 296 by leaving up the 1 – 2 – 8 – 10 on his 12th. shot. Besides his 290 game, Parker also spared the 7 – 10 split. Another 290 at Star by Bruce Tyler who dealt a 777 (253,234,290) set.
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA:
- In the 1950’s an outdoor bowling establishment was in Van Wagner’s Beach close to the Canal Lift Bridge, and an ad from September 1, 1951, states the name was “Ringside Bowling Alleys”,and was managed by well-known local wresting trainer Jimmy “Red” Sims. The ad also says to “Book your 4-team league dates now”. It also featured a BAR-B-Q, miniature golf and penny arcade. A photo is on the Vintage Hamilton web site.
- Bowling alleys in operation in June 1954 were Beach Road, Bol-O-Drome, Brant, Central, Connaught, Kenilworth, Martins, Mountain, Olympia, Ottawa, Pla-Mor, Winter Gardens, Crown, Eastdale, Queenston Bowl and New Pier Bowl which was across the street from the above mentioned Ringside Bowling Alleys.
- In 1954, CHML radio 900 had a bowling show and on Monday originated from the Crown and on Tuesday from the Central.
- To prove how popular bowling was in 1954, the Grand advertised “open alleys tonight only from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “ , and the Ottawa “open alleys only every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, and every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9;00 p.m.
- The top single in the first half of the 1954-55 season was a 268 by Jack Hickey.