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Canadians Bowlers Stay the Course at 2018 Commonwealth Games

April 10, 2018 | 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games


With the second half of the bowls competition underway at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Canada continued to play well.

Men’s Singles
In the men’s singles, Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) played his third match against Papua New Guinea’s Matu Bazo. Despite many expecting the Canadian to win in a blow out, Bazo stepped up on the big stage. Scoring 4 in the second end, Bazo kept his calm and displayed zero emotions. Whenever Bester would hold multiple shots, Bazo would either blast them out, or draw the jack cold. After nine ends, Bester held a slim 9-8 lead. The Canadian kept his patience and just kept plucking away until Bazo finally started to miss. Bester pulled ahead to make it 16-10 five ends later, and would finish him off 21-13 to secure his third victory in the men’s singles.

In Bester’s next game, he faced off against Jersey’s Malcolm de Sousa. This proved to be Bester’s toughest game yet, as the score went back and forth frequently. The two were tied 3-3 after three and 6-6 after seven. De Sousa had a slight lead of 10-8 after ten ends before Bester kicked into gear and scored seven of the next eight ends to build a lead of 18-11. De Sousa bounced back to make it 18-16 before Bester scored 2 to get to 20. The rain started to fall, changing the pace of the green and the outcome of the game. Bester couldn’t quite figure out the different speed, and de Sousa crept up to tie the game 20-20. In a do-or-die last end, Bester snuck out the victory 21-20. With the win, Bester guarantees himself a spot in the quarterfinals. His last game of the round robin will be against Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly who is also 4-0 and guaranteed through to the quarterfinals.

Men’s Fours
The men’s fours team of Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Calgary, AB), Chris Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON), and Ryan Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON) played their first match against Wales. Despite getting off to a slow start, the Canadians climbed their way out of a 7-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead after eight ends. Wales woke up at the halfway mark of the game and absolutely dominated the second half. Scoring multiple 3s and a 5 ender, Wales steamrolled to the finish line, winning with a final score of 23-10. Next up for Canada is Cook Islands.


Women’s Pairs
The women’s pairs team of Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC) and Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) had their first game against Norfolk Island. Norfolk Island came out hot, getting off to a 10-3 lead after seven ends. The Canadian duo persevered though, and clawed their way back to trail by just one point, 12-11, with two ends left in the game. Despite their best efforts, Norfolk Island pulled away with the win 14-12.

The women took out their frustrations in their next game against Fiji, blasting them from the get go. The Canadian duo started the game by scoring a 4, 5, and 4 in the first three ends to go up 13-0. The big ends slowed down, but the Canadians kept scoring, pushing it to 20-0 after eight ends before finally letting Fiji on the board. Allowing them to score 2 points in a single end, Chinery and McKerihen got right back to business and continued the thrashing to a final of 30-7. Next up for the Canadians is New Zealand.  

Women’s Triples
The women’s triples team of Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC), Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB), and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS) played their second match against Papua New Guinea. This match was close all the way through, finding both teams tied 9-9 after twelve ends of play. Papua New Guinea pulled away in the final six ends, and snuck out a 14-11 win over the Canadians.

There was little time for Canada to regroup, as they faced an Australian team which featured three of four members from the gold medal fours team. Australia jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Despite their best efforts, the Canadian trio lost 20-13. Next up for Canada is India. If the Canadians win this game and Australia defeats Fiji, the Canadians will be through to the quarter-finals.


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Anna Mees, Executive Director, Bowls Canada Boulingrin 

About the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event that takes place every four years amongst the Commonwealth countries. The 2018 event will take place along the Gold Coast of Australia, with the bowls portion of the event being hosted at the Broadbeach Bowls Club from April 4 – April 13, 2018. 


About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada.  The BCB mission is to advance the sport of bowls in Canada.  For more details on Bowls Canada Boulingrin and the sport of lawn bowls, visit