A player from the Port Alberni lawn bowling club rolls a bowl during the Mixed Triples District Open Tournament on Thursday, July 19. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

A player from the Port Alberni lawn bowling club rolls a bowl during the Mixed Triples District Open Tournament on Thursday, July 19. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Port Alberni hosts mixed triples lawn bowling

Tournament drew 22 teams from across the Island

The Port Alberni Lawn Bowling Club hosted a mixed triples District Open Tournament on Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19.

Port Alberni hosts three open tournaments a year, drawing more than 20 teams from Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Courtenay and Powell River.

Port Alberni will also be hosting the District Men’s, Women’s and Novice Singles championships from September 8-9.

“All the best singles players from each club will come here to play for the district championship,” explained club member Robin Forrest.

Forrest and her husband, Stephen, won the Mixed Pairs Tournament that was hosted at the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club earlier this month.

READ: Alberni team brings home mixed pairs title

“This club…even though we have the fewest members, we have our fair share of successes,” said Forrest. “And we probably have the best playing surface of any club in the district.”

“We’re pretty good for a small club,” added Jake Van Kooten.

Last year, Port Alberni hosted the senior women’s triples provincials, and the home team of Elaine van Kooten, Nancy Hemmingsen and Robin Forrest took gold.

READ: Port Alberni lawn bowling ladies win gold

The Port Alberni team will be travelling to West Vancouver in September to defend their title.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

 

Skip Marilyn Chretien (in blue) applauds a throw by one of her teammates. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Skip Marilyn Chretien (in blue) applauds a throw by one of her teammates. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Shirley Steven of the Port Alberni Lawn Bowling Club rolls a bowl during the Mixed Triples District Open Tournament in Port Alberni on Thursday, July 19. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Shirley Steven of the Port Alberni Lawn Bowling Club rolls a bowl during the Mixed Triples District Open Tournament in Port Alberni on Thursday, July 19. ELENA RARDON PHOTO