Lawn Bowling Invitational Tournament

Cindy Higgins and Carol Finlayson accept Chartwell Tiffin award from Ruthanne Snider

Several lawn bowling teams from around Central Ontario traveled to Midland to compete in the popular “Chartwell Tiffin Open Pairs” tournament. Midland teams took three of the top four positions, including first place which was won by Cindy Higgins and Carol Finlayson. Ruthanne Snider from Chartwell Tiffin was on hand to make the award presentation.  

The Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club welcomes all visitors and offers free lessons. Why not drop by 664 King Street in Midland and “give it a try”.  Or visit,

Midland Lawn Bowling Triples Tournament

Left to right, Pat Weissflog, Joan Bourrie, Doug Hamelin, Maurice Dorion and Clark Bunting

Doug Hamelin, Joan Bourrie and Maurice Dorion were the winners of a recent triples tournament and were presented the National Bank Trophy by Pat Weissflog and Clark Bunting. Second place went to the team of Bob Armstrong, Graham MacDonald and Sue Hamelin. 

Midland lawn bowlers enjoy competing in tournaments hosted by the local club and at other clubs around the province as well. For more information about sport of lawn bowling, visit


Sports by Mike Townes

The Vasey Countrymen Fastball team will be hosting a three-team exhibition series on Friday July 20th and Saturday July 21st at the Vasey Ball Park. The Dominican Republic National Fastball team will join the Owen Sound Selects and Vasey in the 6-game series.

Vasey will play the Dominican Republic squad at 6:30 pm on Friday night and then the Dominican Republic will play Owen Sound at 8:45 pm. On Saturday, the Owen Sound team will play the Dominican Republic again at 9:30 am followed by Vasey and Owen Sound matching up at 11:30 am. Vasey will then play the Dominican Republic at 1:30 pm and then Owen Sound-Dominican Republic will finish the series with a game at 3:30 pm.

Vasey will recruit some players from their league to bolster their team. This will be a great chance to see some great fastball especially before the International Championships that will be played in Kitchener from August 11-18. Come out and support the local players and cheer on the visitors!

I told you about Rebecca Spence heading to Nitra, Slovakia to play ball hockey on the Canadian U20 girls’ team. This was the first time that a team in the girls’ group in this age category has competed in an international event.

Well, they won their first game 3-0 over the Czech Republic and then cleaned the table to win the next four games without allowing a goal in any of the five games. Hungary was the other team in the tournament.

Rebecca, on defense, was selected from a pool of 45 women who tried out in December in Ontario, with the goal of giving the players an opportunity to play internationally and set the bar for future Canadian teams, the National Ball Hockey Association of Canada said on their website.

Congratulations Rebecca on the win in Nitra!

I also wrote about Craig Speers being one of the Toronto Argonauts team athletic therapists in 2017. The Argos won the Grey Cup last fall so Craig had a chance to raise the Grey Cup.

A few months ago, he also received his Grey Cup ring. The Argos upset the favoured Calgary Stampers 27-24 to win the 105th Grey Cup.  There are 17 blue gems on the face symbolizing the Argos’ 17 Grey Cup championships and a massive Argos logo. The design features snow falling over the Toronto skyline on one side and the BMO field is pictured with the word ‘Together’ underneath and his name. The inside of each ring includes the final score, the date and the team’s slogan.

I had a chance to try the ring on and it is heavy. Congratulations to Craig!

The Thursday Night Recreational Fastball League held its annual mid-season tournament last weekend. The Merchants beat the Brewers in an exciting final that went 9 innings while the Giants won the consolation final over the BallDogs. The league plays a doubleheader every Thursday night at the Elmvale and Hillsdale ball parks starting at 6:45pm.

The Barrie Baycats went 4-1 the last two weeks. They beat Burlington 13-4 with Ryan Spataro leading the offence with 2 singles and 2 doubles while Jordan Castaldo had three hits and 4 RBI. Kevin Atkinson and Glenn Jackson added homeruns and 3 RBI each. Matthew St. Kitts (2-1) was the winning pitcher.

Barrie thumped Guelph 13-1 with pitcher Frank Graces winning his fourth game against no losses. Kevin Atkinson went 2-4 with a homerun and 4 RBI.

Barrie’s only loss was to Hamilton 5-4. Santos Arias (3-2) took the loss. Stan Rodriguez and Carson Burns both hit two-run homers for all of Barrie’s offence.

Barrie defeated the London Majors 14-2 with Jordan Castaldo hitting three homeruns and collecting 6 RBI in the lopsided victory. Emilis Guerrero (6-2) was the winning pitcher.

The best game of the last two weeks was at home against Toronto. The Baycats scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Castaldo in the third inning for a 1-0 victory. Frank Graces was the winning pitcher giving up only three hits, one walk and ten strikeouts in seven innings.

Next home games are Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 pm against Hamilton, Sunday,  July 15 at 2:00 pm against London, Thursday,  July 19 at 7:30 pm against Brantford, Saturday,  July 21 at 7:00 pm against Hamilton, and then Thursday,  July 26 at 7:30 pm against Toronto…The regular season is quickly coming to an end so make sure you use up your tickets. They are not good for the playoffs…Lefthander Frank Graces was IBL player of the month with a 4-0 record and .000 ERA. He was also player of the week from June 18-24…Frank Graces joined the Baycats after leaving the San Diego Padres system…Ex-Baycat pitcher Claudio Custodio is in the Blue Jay system and was promoted to A-Advanced in Dunedin…Mike Kilkenny, from Bradford, Ontario, has died at 73. Kilkenny pitched for five teams in the majors and retired with a 23-18 record. He signed as a rookie with the Detroit Tigers and finished his pitching career with the London Majors going 9-0 and earning the league MVP in 1975.