Sunday, January 5, 2014

MCBA/Chateau 5 Game Classic 2013

This year the MCBA Singles Classic was combined with the Chateau Classic.  They put out the Manitoba Open shot, The Beaten Path, for all those who wanted to the practice in a tournament setting.  We saw the same amount of people as our last year’s singles tournament at this time last year with a total of 17 bowlers.

The top four changed hands quite a few times in the five games that were played.  In the end, however, the top four was:  Joseph Franchewski, Lynne Gauthier, Michael Schmidt and Sean Coutts. 

In this tournament we do a curling-style page play down.  First place and second place play each other on one pair, while third place and fourth place play each other on another pair.  The winner of the match between first and second automatically gets a bye into the finals.  The winner of the match between third and fourth goes on to play the loser of the match between first and second.  The winner of that match goes on to  play first place in the finals. 
Joseph and Lynne played each other, while Michael and Sean played each other.  Joseph beat Lynne 266 to 222.  Michael beat Sean in a close match 214 to 211.  Michael then went on to beat Lynne 228 to 225 in the semi-finals.  After a good run, Joseph was beat in the finals by Michael, 242 to 212.

Great job by all bowlers on Kegel’s Challenge Pattern, the Beaten Path!  Good luck to all those bowling in the Manitoba Open on January 4 and 5, 2014 at Chateau Lanes!



Hal Ross Doubles - November 11, 2013

The MCBA tournament season has officially begun, starting it off with the Hal Ross Doubles held at Laverendrye Salle de Quilles.  A huge thank you to our sponsors, Chez Cora and Laverendrye Salle de Quilles, without who we would not be able to give out the prize money we do.  For those who were able, we enjoyed a very delightful breakfast at Chez Cora before starting a very long day.
After a few years of depleted teams, we decided to change the format.  We decided to try cutting the field to a maximum of 24 teams, causing us to completely revamp the tournament.  And lucky for us we ended up with 21 teams, causing only three John Does to be needed.  It worked out well, all John Does being knocked out by the end of round two.

We were fortunate to see a total of seven youth bowlers participating this year.  Congratulations to all the youth bowlers who came out to bowl.  A couple decided to take a scholarship while a few took cash.  Ever since the Canadian Tenpin Federation took away Rule 19, participation has improved significantly and the youth are showing the adults just what they can do. 

There were quite a few close games this year, which was a great thing to see.  Joseph Franchewski and Liam Naylor knocked Michael Schmidt and Jon Domingo onto the B-Side after a close match.  The two duos would later meet in the semi-finals, but unfortunately Mike and Jon were better prepared beating Joe and Liam, knocking them out of the tournament.  Joe and Liam finished third. 

Austyn Ducharme and his partner Ryan Kruk came down to the final frame to Lynne Gauthier and Sharon Tataryn, only falling one pin behind.  Austyn and Ryan finished 5th Good bowling Austyn and Ryan! 

Lynne and Sharon went undefeated on the A-Side, meeting Mike and Jon in the finals.  After two matches, since the A-Side winners need to be beaten twice, Mike and Jon walked away with first place.  This is a first even win for doubles partners Mike and Jon, finishing second, third and fourth together in the Hal Ross in previous years. 


Congratulations Mike and Jon on your big win!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Alternate Frame Doubles 2013

This year’s Alternate Frame Doubles tournament was held on February 10, 2013, at Chateau Lanes. It was certainly an interesting one to watch. With a couple more entries than the previous year, including a youth powerhouse duo, we were pleased. From the get-go, our youth duo, Mitch Hupé and Sean Coutts, proved to be an unstoppable force. Starting out of the gate with a 266 and a 257, Mitch and Sean led the tournament from game two. It quickly became a tournament of who could throw the most strikes. By the end of the 12 games, Mitch and Sean had a total of 2801 (not including their bonus points), an average of 233. They won 9 of their matches, taking an additional 180 pins for a grand total of 2981. Good job boys!

There were a lot of great games thrown by all the duos including: 266, 257, 235, 226, 243, 259, 223, 234 and 230 by Sean and Mitch; 279, 269, 247 and 270 by Mark and Stew; 225, 226, 228, 245, 248, 237 and 236 by Mathieu and Clem; 235, 246, 236, 221, 225 by Jason B. and Rob; 231, 236(x2), 244, 258 and 228 by David and Mike; 229(x2), 227, 235, and 242 by Dan and Jason S.; 247, 226 and 249 by Sharon and Lynne; 230, 247, 268 and 224 by Denis and Jon; 235(x2), 223 and 225 by David and Thomas; 267 and 236 by Robbie and Randy.

There was a stepladder of the top four duos: Mitch Hupé and Sean Coutts, Mark Soriano and Stew Mackenzie, Clem Perreault and Mathieu Friolet, and Rob Dufreane and Jason Borle. Mark and Stew, and Clem and Mathieu were thrown together last minute after unforeseeable circumstances, but that didn’t stop these two duos from bowling up a storm and finishing in the top. However, after a rigorous stepladder which was filled with games of “I don’t want it, you can have it”, Mitch Hupé and Sean Coutts won the tournament. Hopefully we see more from these two great youth bowlers in the future.