31 August 2013 Glasgow, Scotland
It was a silver lining finish for Canada’s Ryan Bester at the 8 Nations Commonwealth Games Invitational Bowls Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. A win against England in the 7th round (21-16) put Bester in the running for Gold against Australia’s Aron Sherriff. In an exciting battle, Sherriff’s consistent play throughout the round robin continued in the final match to claim gold. The final score was Australia 21, Canada 16.
Canada’s first medal of the tournament was won by the Canadian Men’s Triples team of Steve McKerihen, George Whitelaw and Chris Stadnyk when they captured the bronze medal after defeating Scotland Clyde 13-8.
In Men’s Fours action, John Bezear, George Whitelaw, Steve McKerihen and Chris Stadnyk had a great final match in the round robin. With Scotland – Clyde laying three, a great last bowl by Whitelaw resulted in Canada up 4 going home. Final score 16-13 for Canada. Unfortunately, no help from the other countries resulted in Canada playing the 5/6 game against England which they won handily 19-11.
Dropping their final round robin game to South Africa (12-21) put Women’s Pairs team Kelly McKerihen and Amanda Berg in the 7/8 game against Australia where they suffered another loss (10-13). The Women’s Triples team of Mary Ann Beath, Marg Lepere and Jackie Foster lost round 7 to Australia (7-14) which put them in the 7/8 game against South Africa. The final game went to South Africa in a score of 13-18.
With the silver medal in Singles, Bronze in Triples, and fifth in the Pairs and Fours, the Canadian men finished 5th overall, only one point behind England. Australia was the overall winner for the men. On the women’s side, a 7th place finish in Triples and 8th place in Singles, Pairs and Fours had the Canadians rounding out the field in 8th place overall. England finished first.
While Canada’s women’s teams struggled throughout the tournament with the scoreboard, they gained valuable insight to what it takes to be top in the world. Coming into the tournament ranked 12th, their 8th place finish cannot be considered anything other than positive.
With this experience under their belts, Team Canada now knows what’s in store for next summer’s Commonwealth Games when they meet the world’s best in once again in Glasgow Scotland.