Canada Day Jitney in Cowichan a real challenge

From bowling while seated in a chair to bowling with their eyes closed, participants in the Cowichan Lawn Bowling Club’s Canada Day Jitney had to overcome a number of challenges over several rounds of play.

Club mainstay Ross Bulley created the rules, and 46 members, all dressed in red and white, took part in the annual event.

The Canada Day Jitney is one of many tournaments hosted by the club over the course of the summer, including one-and two-day events, and singles, pairs, triples and fours competitions, and season-long round-robin events.

"We have two open events where players from the clubs in the area are invited. The ladies’ 2-bowl six pack was keenly contested last month when a team from

Canadian Pacific won, with our ladies in second place," CLBC president Keith Thorpe said.

This week, the CLBC held its annual men’s singles tournament, and the ladies singles will take place next week.

The club also holds fun days on local holidays and some Sundays, as well as 2-bowls and barbecue evenings twice a month when members can invite friends to play. The next barbecue evenings are on July 18, and Aug. 7 and 21.

"The green is open every day when there is a draw for competitive, friendly play at 9:45 a.m.," Thorpe added. "Anyone interested can come down and join in the fun. Bowls are provided and, if necessary, instruction."

For more information, visit the CLBC website at