The Saskatchewan men's four team won the bronze medal at the national Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships in Montreal this past week. The team includes, back row; Saskatoon's Doug Propp, Regina's Mark Sutyl. Front row; Moose Jaw's Ernie Meid and Saskatoon's Gary Laurence. Submitted photo
The Saskatchewan men’s fours team knows how hard it is to win a medal at nationals.
Doug Propp, Mark Sutyla, Gary Laurence and Moose Jaw’s Ernie Meid won bronze medals a year ago, but they weren’t able to replicate that high standard of play.
The Sask. fours battled, but finished fourth at the Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships in Vancouver Sunday.
The quartet had a chance to win bronze once again, but lost 20-15 to Ron O’Sullivan’s Ontario B team in the bronze medal game.
British Columbia B beat Nova Scotia 24-14 in the final.
“With our team, the bottom line was that not one of us was quite as good as we were last year. In the end that cost us,” said Meid. “The teams were fairly even, but it was a matter of being a little more consistent. It’s always a matter of making some big shots when you need them ... when somebody needed a big shot and made it, it was usually the other guy.”
It was that way right up until the end of the tournament. With two ends left to play, Saskatchewan trailed Ontario B 20-11 with two ends left. It was a big hole, but they had a shot to score six and give them a reasonable shot at tying the game or better in the final end.
“We had an opportunity to make a shot to get six,” said Meid. “We missed it, so we ended up getting three. Then we needed six in the last end and that’s tough.
“We gave them a good game, but their vice was one fire. He wasn’t missing too much.”
Saskatchewan started 0-2 after the first day, but rallied. They won three straight games and then fought back to tie British Columbia B. They controlled their own destiny with a 3-2-1 record and would have played for gold with three more wins. Instead they lost to Nova Scotia and won their final two games to get into the medal round.
“For me what was disappointing was the two games that we lost to Manitoba and Nova Scotia. Those were probably our worst team games and they were especially my worst games,” said Meid. “Usually I can set the tone a little bit. The lead’s bowls aren’t always still in there, but often they do and they can make the other team be a little aggressive and miss some shots.
“We were a little disappointed, but we got to the playoff round and that was our goal.”
Near the end of September Meid will head to Los Angeles to take part in the U.S. Open for the first time. He will compete in the singles, the pairs and the fours. He will join Dave Cox from Alberta and has been put onto a fours team with three Americans by the tournament organizers.
Saskatchewan’s women won the fours national title. The team of Jean Roney, Harriette Pituley, Fran Scott and Rachel Larson defeated Ontario.