Courtenay wins Parksville Challenge

Local lawn bowlers rise to the occasion at annual tournament

GAYNOR BEREZA ACCEPTS trophy from Kay Veitch.

GAYNOR BEREZA ACCEPTS trophy from Kay Veitch.




Pat Cutt


Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club hosted the Parksville Challenge on June 14. This is a social event that would normally include a potluck barbecue, but with so busy a season, that aspect was forgone this year.  However, Courtenay did win and  Kay Veitch was present to do the honours with Gaynor Bereza accepting as past-president of the club.

Kay is currently a life member of our club, having been playing for approximately 40 years. She is a founding member of the club at its former location, Lewis Park.  She won a gold medal at the Summer Games in 1982 and has lawn bowled at both the provincial and national level. The trophy she presented at this event was made by her son and donated to our club and has now been won by Courtenay five times and Parksville four times.

On the local scene, the men’s and ladies’ pairs have completed four sessions on Tuesdays and the leaders in the ladies are April Gilchrist and Jackie West, and Pat Norrad with Pat Chambers. Both teams have won three of four games.

The men have a logjam with Vern Greenhill/Chad Kelly and Pete Harding/ Dan Bereza leading the way, but Archie Harris/ Mike Kearns have played one less game at this writing.

Wednesday Night Mixed League also has a collection at the top, with April Gilchrist/Cec Queen/, Mike Kearns, Vern Greenhill/Marlene Gerrand/Rosemary Montreuil; Archie Harris/Helen Ryley/Don Wiseman;  Dean Penny/Lucie Wood/ Nancy Beveridge all vying for that opening to lead the pack.

Travelling to Qualicum for the Men’s and Ladies Triples, Pat Cutt/Irene Whitehouse/Melie Ursulom took second in the B event. Vern Greenhill/Rick Quibell/Dean Penny were third in B. Peter Harding/ Dan Bereza/Henri Saucier represented Courtenay on the Sunday early draw.

We are looking forward to the Provincial Ladies Singles in Courtenay July 13-14. Several local and zone ladies have thrown their hat into the ring. We still have 10 days to closing date so we will see how big the field grows. Men’s will be hosted at Parksville and Port Alberni.

Three teams are participating in the Parksville Tenderfoot tourney on July 30 and Parksville also hosts a Mixed Pairs tourney July 6-8 with some of our members attending.


– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club



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