The Meat Axe Returns - Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club
SEPTEMBER 2013 WICKS PALO ALTO LAWN BOWLS CLUB David Hale PRESIDENT Jon Yee VICE PRESIDENT Frank Matyskiela TREASURER Linda Flores SECRETARY Nadine O’Leary Christine Stafford Ken Torke Bonny Turner Ed Walker Pedro Zalbidea DIRECTORS The Meat Axe trophy has been returned to its rightful spot on our clubhouse wall. Palo Alto President, David Hale happily accepts the trophy from Berkeley President Geoff Chandler. David Hale The Meat Axe Returns Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:45 am. Wednesday Dinner Bowls, 5:00 pm. Sunday, 1:30 pm. While there was concern about possible temperatures in the 90s, the Berkeley bowlers brought some cooling fog with them in the morning and the weather was tolerable for the rest of the day. WICKS EDITOR SUMMER HOURS 474 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-323-2575 CONTACT [email protected] www.palbc.org After an absence of two years, the Meat Axe once again adorns our clubhouse wall. Full of confidence, the first Berkeley bowlers arrived as we were opening the club and starting the coffee. They had to wait for John Hickson to roll the green before they could get in a little practice and get the feel of the green. While waiting, we were all enjoying the fine breakfast of bagels with lox and tomatoes. fresh fruit, coffee cake, and juice put together by Bonny Turner. The last few bowlers from Berkeley arrived, final adjustments were made to the teams and the competition started. The format of the day was typical for this challenge series, each club with six triples teams playing a morning game and an afternoon game of 14 ends. A random draw for rinks by the skips determined the morning pairings. The afternoon pairings determined the teams from each club moving in a prearranged direction so that each team would have a new opponent on a new rink. It is always interesting to watch the progress of a bowls game as the advantage often moves from team to team. In the morning games, the scores showed the clubs tied at 3–3 after the seventh end. The advantage shifted to Palo Alto at 4–2 after the tenth end and that is where it remained (continued on page 4) 2 September 2013 What’s Happening at PALBC Green Maintenance The green is continuing to improve. A few small areas of the green have been reopened. However, it looks like parts of the green may be closed for another couple of weeks to allow the new grass to become established before it can be mowed. TGIW (Thank Goodness It’s Wednesday) a Hit! There was a good turnout for our first TGIW. A number of bowlers brought a snack to share after the games. Almost everybody stayed to enjoy the food and the lively conversation. Without the task of having to put together a meal, everyone was able to bowl (including the hospitality committee) and an all-hands approach quickly got food on the table after the games. There was quite a variety of tasty snacks. This could be the beginning of a new tradition. Of course, those wanting to host a more formal dinner on Wednesday evenings may. If you want to present something exceptional, just let us know a couple of weeks ahead of time. Almost for Novices Only We are going to make another attempt to get some of our newer, and perhaps less confident, bowlers into some games In the Umpire’s View Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Cheaters! During the recent PIMD women’s singles play downs held here at PALBC, one of the players asked me to watch one of the spectators. She felt he was signaling to her opponent which hand to use. I observed him for a couple of ends and saw that he was indeed raising his right arm if he thought she should do a forehand shot and his left arm to signal a back hand shot. I went over to him and told him he should not be signaling to her. His response was that he was just supporting her. I cited Law 58.3 Spectators: They should not disturb or advise the players in any way. After the game was over, one of the markers told me that he saw the spectator signaling, also. A couple of years ago at the PIMD Women’s Fives tournament in San Francisco, a man was standing outside the fence watching the singles game. He would position himself to where the player on the mat at the opposite end of the green could know which shot to take. He’d move to the right if he wanted her to take a backhand shot and move to the left if he wanted her to use a forehand shot. Again, that would be Law 58.3. I was still a naïve novice back in 2002 when I was playing in a pairs game against a team from Oakmont. My opponent looked at the head and said she thought they had one point. I decided to measure and came up with a tie. She measured and said it was “too close to call” and while still on her knees told me to get an umpire. I walked two rinks away to get the that we may not actually call a tournament. This will be new for the club and hopefully we will get a good turnout. The event will likely take place in November. The format will pair experienced skips with novices in a blind draw, the novices as leads. There may be three short games, the novice bowling with a different skip for each game. Taking an idea from the Jamboree held by the Berkeley LBC, the scores from each game will be carried from game to game by the individual bowler rather than as a team. Each novice will have a score from each game. Each skip will have a score from each game. At the end of the games there will be an award for a skip and an award for a novice. We are looking for at least 12 novices or bowlers we don’t often see at the club. The skips will all be acting as coaches and we hope you will come out and try something new in a supportive group of bowlers. Ladies Bowling and Lunch This popular event usually alternates from Friday to Monday month to month. In September, the ladies meet on Monday, September 16. Watch for an announcement of the October date. These games are open to women bowlers from all the local clubs, so pass the word along to friends from other clubs. See umpire and by the time we got back to the head it was quite clear they had the shot. The umpire measured the two bowls and the opponents bowl was approximately 3 inches closer to the jack than my team’s bowl. Now you know why I say I was a “naïve” novice. At the singles play downs one year, as the two players approached the head, one player said “three for you” and starting kicking in the bowls. The opponent had thought she possibly had only two shots and was happy to get the third point. However, several people told me after the game, that the opponent had four shots. However, because the bowls had already been moved before the opponent got to the head, it was a moot point — Law 39.2 (in part) No bowl should be moved until the opponents have agreed whether it is a shot or not, and Law 39.3 As the shots are agreed, each shot bowl can be removed from the head. I have another dozen or so scenarios I could regale (or bore) you with, but these will suffice. We already know there are cheaters in other sports. Certainly baseball, football and the NBA has them. It’s a sad fact, that Bowls USA has them too. Whether it’s cheating, gamesmanship or just poor bowling etiquette, there’s really no room for it in our sport. I admit that, perhaps I have my head buried in the sand when I think of Lawn Bowls as the nice, genteel sport I fell in love with in 2001. I take comfort in knowing that 99% of the players are honest. What about the other 1%? We’re getting close to October, I wish we could weed out the pumpkin patch. — E.B. Parkell 3 September 2013 Coach’s Corner you on the green. For additional information, contact Ginger Harris ([email protected]) with any questions. Bowling Skills Workshop On Saturday morning, October 19, John Hickson will present a refresher course for bowlers. There will be guidance on the techniques and practices of bowling. These skills days have been fun and challenging in the past. This is an opportunity for both experienced and newer bowlers to improve their games. The Fred Hawley Invitational In memory of our friend, Fred Hawley, a wonderful man and long time bowler, the Palo Alto LBC will host the first annual Fred Hawley Invitational. Fred was the instigator of a club tournament for those over 80 who he dubbed the Golden Geezers. That first tournament was just for Palo Alto members. This Invitational will be open to all PIMD bowlers over 80 years old. The first Fred Hawley Invitational is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 this year. We hope you will come out and support our veteran bowlers at this event. Octoberfest! Whether or not they do any lawn bowling in Munich, we will be celebrating Octoberfest at the club on Saturday, October 19. Bowling will be followed by a German feast of various sausages, kraut, red cabbage, hot German potato salad, black bread, and, of course, a little German beer and Apfel korn. So ladies don your dirndls and men your lederhosen and join us as we celebrate Octoberfest. Watch your email for details or sign up on the bulletin board at the club. Your Best Resources If you are really interested in what is happening in lawn bowling locally, regionally and nationally, check these web sites: Palo Alto Lawn Bowling Club —www.palbc.org Pacific Intermountain Division —www.pimdlawnbowls.org Bowls USA —www.USLBA.org New Members Paul Ramsbotton Katie Stafford Nick Varveris Line Bowls When a bowl is delivered and comes to rest on or near your rinks boundary line, it is your responsibility (or a member of your team at the mat end) to check if the bowl is in or out. To do this, stand on the bank right behind the white marker. Look directly towards the white marker at the other end. Remember, the center of the white marker is the boundary of your rink, not the edge of the white marker. Only a fraction of your bowl needs to cover the center of the white marker to be called in. Having made a decision, signal clearly to your team member in the head, indicating that it is in or out by holding your arm out horizontally, pointing in the appropriate direction. If in doubt, ask your opponent to check too. Far too often, when a bowl comes to rest near the boundary line of your rink, nobody reacts! This results in a team member in the head shouting and waving to attract your attention. This can be avoided if every bowler concentrates on their delivery and takes responsibility for checking a line bowl automatically. Please put this into practice. — John Hickson PALBC CALENDAR September 16 Ladies Bowling and Lunch, Palo Alto LBC. 21 US Open, Southwest Division. Saturday – Friday. 28 PALBC Mixed Team Pairs, Palo Alto LBC. Registration from 8:30 am, draw at 9:00 am. October 5 5 6 7 9 12 16 19 26 PIMD Women’s Singles, San Francisco LBC. PIMD Novice Singles (Men and Women), San Francisco LBC. Centennial Cup Invitational, San Francisco LBC. Huntsman World Senior Games (Bowling), St. George, Utah. Monday – Saturday. Fred Hawley Invitational (All PIMD bowlers over 80), PALBC. PALBC Women’s Team Pairs, Palo Alto LBC. Registration from 8:30 am, draw at 9:00 am. US National Championships, Santa Anita LBC. Wednesday – Sunday. Octoberfest, Palo Alto LBC PALBC Mixed Draw Pairs, Palo Alto LBC. Registration from 8:30 am, draw at 9:00 am. November 2 PIMD Closing Day, San Francisco LBC. 9 Ed Arnold Invitational, Palo Alto LBC. 16 Clean-up day, Palo Alto LBC. 4 September 2013 Meat Axe (continued from page 1) at the end of the games. Having a lead at the lunch break was important for Palo Alto with it’s recent history of less than stellar play after lunch. Palo Alto could carry the day with a split of the afternoon games. There was a little juggling of the personnel and the games began. Early on, neither club had much of an advantage. However, perhaps due to refreshing sliced melon that Bonny set out at lunch, the Palo Alto teams had gained comfortable leads in four of the six games by the tenth end and held on for the wins. The weather had been hot and both clubs enjoyed popsicles or ice cream as the scores were tallied. The Palo Alto win was confirmed and the Meat Axe was handed over to David Hale by Berkeley President Geoff Chandler. Geoff and the Berkeley club returned home with the “I Lost the Meat Axe” plaque. It was another good day of bowling with our cross-bay friends and neighbors. We are already looking forward to the games hosted next year at Berkeley. PIMD Happenings McLaren Triples One of the most popular competitions on the PIMD calendar, the McLaren Triples, was played at he San Francisco LBC on August 24. The tournament is named in honor of John McLaren, the irascible Scot who developed Golden Gate Park and was one of the founding members of the San Francisco club. Several Palo Alto players entered this one day mixed triples tournament, enjoying pleasant weather and great bowling with friends from other PIMD clubs. Out of the 24 teams that played, only one managed to win all three games. Ian and Ginger Harris along with Janet Mednick from the San Francisco club became this year's champions. Palo Alto Bowlers in the U.S. Open The Southwest Division is hosting the U.S. Open during the last week of September. From the PIMD, a number of Palo Alto members will be participating including Ginger Harris, Mary Scott, Jon Yee, Frank Matyskiela, Bud Birkenseer, John Hickson, Jerry Knott, Bill Marzonie, and Bob Schwartz. U.S. National Championships A number of Palo Alto bowlers will be competing in the National Championships hosted by the Santa Anita LBC in Acadia, California this October. These bowlers are: Jon Yee — Men's Singles Mary Scott and Ginger Harris — Women's Pairs Nikki Schrager —Women's Singles Mary and Nikki are dual members.
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