Two Canadians are in Fine Form on International Scene

By Jim Margueratt

Two Canadian bowlers have performed well on the international scene. Former Stoney Creek resident Joe Ciach , 51, averaged 207 for 33 games and won a silver medal in the singles event at the World Seniors Tournament in Munich Germany. Triples of 674 (210,258,206) & 657 (266,211,180)in placed him fourth in singles qualifying. In semi-final play he beat P.B.A. veteran Parker Bohn 221 to 191 before losing the final match 202 to 180 to Ron Mohr of the U.S. In the doubles event he fired triples of 577 (213) & 622 (216) to place fourth.

In team play Ciach scored triples of 607 (228) & 564 (213). Then in Masters play Ciach fired games of 204, 213, 221, 202, 202, 220, 226 ,213, 210, 256, 188 and 237 for a 216 average for those 12 games. Then facing off against Bohn again Ciach won game one 256 to 170, then lost the next two 197 to 188 and 238 to 237. In all events he placed ninth. For many years he lived next door to Bowlerama Stoney Creek which closed for good last May.

Another Canadian making his mark on the international bowling world is Francois Lavoie who has been selected to the 79th. Bowlers Journal All-American men’s first team . He has won three times on the P.B.A. tour including the U.S. Open when he fired the first perfect 300 game in the TV finals history. His other titles are the Shark Championship & the Jonesboro Open. He is only the second Canadian to win on the P.B.A. tour with Graham Fach of Guelph being the first.

Mike Ellis is off to a hot start for the Skyway V.S.L. group with triples of 638 (245) & 634 and Ed Margueratt just missed 600 with 595 (225) and Derek Hannah scored a 225. In P & G action Mick Anderer has the early season high triple and single with 720 & 288. Jeff Laing scored a 691 (243), Colin Marshall 643 (231), Art Oliver Sr. 586 (221), Dan Gamsby 583 (213), & Matt DeWitt 582 (231). Top singles are Stephen Haggerty 219, Tarineau Squire 210 & Doug Stickney 200. Amy Anderer’s 555 (200) tops the ladies with Michelle Anger close at 543 (201), Val Noble 532 (194), Susan Scargall 207 & Sheila Moser 190.

The top averages for the just concluded 2016 – 2017 belong to Steve Smith at 229 and Crystal Whitfield 214. For the 18 to 21 year old senior youths the best are Kenton Schatz 198 & Lindsey Pearce 126. For the 15 to 17 year old group the top two are P.J. Cheyne-Miller 177 & Anna Nicolaou 164. The top two juniors, 12 to 14 years, are Matthew Christoff-Butler 167 & Harizah Kulchyk-Ward 151. The 9 to 11 year old Preps best are Ilya Ziborov 165 & Kyra Skelton 115 while the top bantams, 8 years and under, are Robert Griffin 106 & Sydney Ahearn 94. There are five youth leagues in operation this season at Skyway Lanes, Star Lanes, Burlington Bowl & Splitsville Burlington.

The last co-founder of Skyway Lanes 60 years old this month, Stan Dumala has passed away at 93. While working full time at Dofasco he teamed up with the two Emil’s to start this popular 24 lanes house in east Hamilton. Emil Nalborczyk’s sister-in-law Helen Nalborczyk continues the family connection to this day with almost daily appearances. Dumala’s grandson Gary Reid continues his family’s tradition as he works at Skyway. When the city re- named streets many years ago, the address changed from 1861 Barton to 235 Melvin. After tossing around many names, it was named after the Skyway bridge which was under construction in 1957. So both Skyway’s, the bridge & lanes are 60 years old.


  • With the closing of Bowlerama Stoney Creek last May, there is a strong possibility of a new bowling establishment in downtown Hamilton.
  • The top five all time youth averages are George Lambert & Travis Cauley 225, William Russell 219, Chris King 218 & Nick Murphy 215.
  • The top five all time youth triples are George Lambert 815, Chris King 804, Travis Cauley 797, William Russell 792 & Jayson Legg 785.
  • The first three youth honour scores belong to Corey Whitehouse 300, Ryan Morgan 299 & Nadine Hamilton 298.
  • The first tournament of the 2017 – 18 season is the 14th. annual Youth Alibi No-Tap on Oct. 29th. at Star Lanes.

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