Winners Crowned at 2008 National Lawn Bowling Championships

    HALIFAX, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - A week of competitive round robin play came to a
climax on Saturday, August 23 as the medal matches took place to determine the
2008 Canadian Champions of lawn bowling.
    Hiren Bhartu of British Columbia avenged his gold medal loss in the
finals in 2007 by defeating Stephen Sliman of Quebec 21-16 in the Men's
singles final. Nova Scotia's Steve Bezanson captured the bronze medal by
beating Ontario B's Bob Bates. In the Women's singles Elaine Jones
successfully defended her title by defeating Jean Roney of Saskatchewan 21-11.
Mary Wright of British Columbia took home the bronze medal over Alberta's
Gayell Slater.
    The Ontario B team of Mark Sandford and Jeff Harding outlasted Alberta's
Stan Health and George Shillabeer 21-16 to claim the gold medal for Men's
pairs, while 2007 gold medal winners David Calam and Keith Roney of
Saskatchewan were good for the bronze medal by virtue of their victory over
Pat Beggs and Jeff Mulherin. On the women's side, British Columbia took
another gold medal with Marlene Cleutinx and Carolyn Doan defeating Rosina
Toal and Dixie Blackmore in the title match for the pairs. Kerry O'Reilly and
Rosalie Parsons-Brown of Quebec won a nail-biter over Susan Smith and Laura
Hawryszko of Ontario B 17-16 to take the bronze.
    The Alberta Men's fours team carried their fine play of the week into the
final game and came out with a victory, beating Ontario A 21-11 for the gold
medal. Ontario B defeated British Columbia to take the bronze. Manitoba's only
medal of the week was delivered by the Women's fours when they beat Alberta
13-12, Ontario B grabbed the bronze medal by defeating Saskatchewan.

       Bowls Canada Boulingrin is a national, not-for-profit organization
           based in Ottawa. The association represents and promotes
      all facets of bowls -- outdoor, indoor, short mat, for men and women.

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For further information: Jason Dawley, Communications Coordinator, Bowls
Canada Boulingrin, Email:, tel: 1-800-567-2695

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