It was a much more successful weekend in Saskatoon than the previous weekend in Regina for Moose Jaw’s Ernie Meid.
After having a disappointing doubles playdowns at provincials in Regina, Meid and his teammates made up for it by winning the 4’s lawn bowling provincial title in Saskatoon and qualifying for nationals.
“It was awesome,” said Meid after being named the provincial champions. “It was real sweet.”
Meid played lead along with skip Doug Propp (Saskatoon), third Mark Sutyla (Regina) and second Gary Laurence (Saskatoon).
The team won their first game quite handily, before losing a close match in the A-side semi-final. The loss dropped the team into the B-side where they had to win four in a row in order to be named the provincial champions.
“It was a real close game that went back and forth,” stated Meid.
On Sunday, Meid’s team played in the B-final and had control of the game and pushed to the final game between then and the A-side winner.
“The games were close, but we were in pretty much control by the end of the game,” he said. “In the first game, we took it quite easily…everything seemed to be going our way.”
After winning the first game, they had to beat them a second time in order to win. Meid’s rink found themselves down three with three ends to go. In the final end, Propp put up a couple of guards and the other team’s skip had some difficulties clearing their bowls, which resulted in Meid’s team winning.
“It was a real struggle and we had to come back the whole way,” he said. “We felt like we were bowling better than they were, but just had a couple of bad ends that did us in. In this game, they had opportunities to put us away, but we just kept hanging tough.”
With the victory, Meid and his teammates will be competing at nationals in Montreal in late August.