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2015 off to fast start

Posted by Dr John Aveline on June 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM

The 2015 season has started off fast and furious for Kerrisdale's 100th year.  So much so, that it is hard to know where to start.

In Monday Pennant League Kerrisdale has 3 teams for the first time in history.  This is more than the rest of Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond combined!!  In the first week's tilts, the teams went 1-2.

The Jackhammers (Jon Braun, Graham Miller, Matt Miller) fell 9-15 to the Thunder (Barrie Brown, Dave Arnott, Dave Goddard).

The Lightning (John Aveline, Peter Lee, David Girard) lost a tight battle to New Westminster 'D' 8-12.

At the V&D Men's Fours (the oldest V&D in existence), our team of Jamie MacGowan, Jon Braun, Graham Miller & Matt Miller, made it to the finals only to lose to the Van South team of Bob Scott, Vince Mai, Brad Neave & Ricki Chan.

Out Top 10 side's goal of a finals berth was dashed in the opening round at Van South.  All the matches were good ones and all were within reach, but the final result was a 1-3 loss.  Triples (John Aveline, Graham Miller, Alice Kwan)got the win 17-11, although they conceded the last 8 shots and gave up some hard-earned shots up.  Singles was the opposite as reigning provincial singles champion Jamie MacGowan fell 15-21 to national team member Steve Santana.  He made up a lot of ground and made a huge dent in an early deficit.  The pairs duo of Jon Braun & Cathy Selzler fell behind early to Bob Scott and Cathy Higgins, but rallied from 10 down to take a 1 shot lead.  At that point Bob found another gear and went on to win 18-15.  The fours crew of Barrie Brown, Joyce Bolleman, David Girard & Lynda Miller also fell back early to Vince Mai's team, but rallied and leveled the score at 10-10.  Van South stormed back and took an 18-11 lead into the 16th end.  Our guys dominate the 16th and lay 16 shots with one to play and Vince being Vince drew second shot to snuff the rally.  This was really solid performance by the Kerrisdale squad.  Almost every member of the Van South side has at least one national medal in their trophy case and most have multiple.  6 of them have bowled for Canada.  The strongest team we've ever fielded put on a great display of shot-making and will be around for years to come.

Finally and best of all for the third year in a row our club has a provincial gold medal to celebrate.  Five went out to compete in the provincial singles championships and it was Jamie MacGowan who brought home gold and will compete in Winnipeg in September in the nationals.  John Aveline, Jon Braun, David Girard & Cathy Selzler also 'had a go' and will be heard from in the seasons to come.

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