Since there was no bowling over the holiday season, I had time to reflect on the 55+ Bowling league’s membership, which boasts 54 individuals over the age of 55 and 15 in and around their 80s.
Some members have been bowling for many years, some just a few years and some are quite new to bowling. Some bowled as young people in their teens or twenties but have not bowled for many years.
Obviously, those who have been bowling steadily for many years are those whose names you often see in this column scoring over 200.
An average score is decided on the result of three games each week. The highest average I currently have on record is 215 and the lowest is 86. Needless to say, the person who averages 215 can have a day when the pins will not fall and, likewise, the person with the 86 average can have a wonderful time and score well over that.
The average for the league is 139. Of the 15 who are over 80, the average is 135 – not bad for the elderly among us!
Weekly, we highlight the people who achieve high scores. Sometimes the same people score well week after week. Then suddenly, as if a person woke up to what they were doing, they would score extremely well!
For instance, Susan McGinley achieved her personal best of 182, while Nancy Bevington scored 204; Pauline Waddington came up with 480 for a triple high best while Joan Dickie followed with a 448. Carolyn Janko outdid herself with two new personal best games on the same afternoon: 167 and then a 207. Al Ryall surprised himself with a 224 and 232; Bill Crooker, who is usually a good bowler, topped his previous scores with 205 and 214, while Marilyn Titus scored a 182 and 159. Ann Leenders came up with a 474 for a personal best triple, which included a score of 214 for one game.
To say these people were pleasantly surprised is an understatement.
When all the pins go down at once we all cheer for the person who threw that ball. And how we all long to get five strikes or spares in a row so that Don, owner of the Waterdown Lanes, will treat our team to a freshly cooked pizza.
While bowlers with the 55+ League cheer for the good scores, we also tease whenever it’s appropriate and encourage when someone’s having an “off” day.
We gather every Monday by 12:30 p.m. and spend the next 15 minutes practicing before the score boards are turned on and we bowl seriously – ha! Not in this group.
We’re there for the fun, the exercise, the social atmosphere and, of course, the coffee.
The 55+ League, which bowls at the Waterdown Lanes, is a great place to meet your friends or make new ones.
You don’t have to be 55 to bowl. There are leagues available for all ages. Just call Don, Marlene or Karen at 905-689-4782 for more information on the different leagues available to you.
Waterdown Lanes is located in the Village Plaza, next to The Bargain Shop. Bowlers can rent shoes or bring their own.
-Submitted by Lillian Williams