Bowlers return empty-handed from nationals

Lucas Punkari

Although the experience was one to remember, the end result for local bowlers at the 2011 Masters national five-pin bowling championships in Gatineau, Que. was one to forget.
Jeff Watts, Bob Petawanaqueb, and Rick and Carolyn Stamarski all took part in the event last week but were unable to return home with any silverware around their necks.
Watts, who helped the men’s teaching team to a ‘B’ division crown last year, was a member of the men’s tournament squad this time around with fellow scratch bowlers Mike McNamara, Rob Aiken, Tom Williams, and Shawn Nugent.
But the Northern Ontario contingent ended up at the bottom of the eight-team field.
“It wasn’t the result we were hoping for at all,” Watts remarked.
“We had a lot of tough matches and we didn’t end up getting the points that we could have gotten.
“Things just didn’t really go our way,” he sighed.
Watts ended up finishing the event with an 11-9-1 record and had a 241.9 average.
“I did okay, I guess,” he said. “I didn’t do quite as good I would have liked, but the final result for me still wasn’t too bad.”
As for Petawanaqueb, who was battling it out in the men’s singles competition, he finished at the bottom of the standings with a 7-14-0 record and 230.1 average.
“I had a really poor performance when I went down there,” he remarked.
“Halfway through the second day, my back gave out on me and I just didn’t compete as well as I expected.”
 Petawanaqueb had been doing quite well in his second day of action, having won his first three games and only losing the fourth by a mere 13 pins, when the injury occurred.
“There was no real warning that something was going to happen,” he recalled.
“I just twisted the wrong way and as a result, it went out.”
The biggest thing Petawanaqueb will take away from his experience in Gatineau is the adjustments a bowler has to make to stay on the top of their game during the course of an event like this.
“I learned that you really have to adjust very quickly to keep up with the other bowlers,” he explained.
“Another thing that I had some difficulty with was trying to adjust to the lanes, but everybody there was really having a hard time with them,” he added.
Rounding the Plaza Lanes contingent, Rick Stamarski teamed up with Richard Lavallee, Edmund Bernier, Norm Randle, and Bill McLachlan on the teaching men’s team, with his wife, Carolyn, serving as coach.
The Northern Ontario squad ended up finishing in fourth spot for the week, with Stamarski averaging 212.6 en route to an 8-13 record.