With the Beijing Olympic Games now history, another major sporting event is taking place in Bangkok, the Men’s World Tenpin Bowling Championship with 56 countries competing. On the Canadian roster are George Lambert IV of Hamilton and Joe Ciach, formerly of Stoney Creek, now living in Mississauga.
Before leaving for Thailand, Lambert, who is currently living in Texas, competed in three stops on the Pro Bowlers Regional Tour and finished second, missed the cut, and eighth.
Overseas in doubles, Lambert rolled triples of 627 (203, 211, 213) and 658 (238, 186, 234) for 1,285, while Ciach smashed triples of 645 (236, 224, 185) and 738 (247, 267, 224) for 1,383 and a 10th. place finish with partner David Simard. United States Pro Bowlers Rhino Page and Patrick Allen won.
In trios, Lambert and Ciach joined Mark Buffa of Quebec for a 17th-place finish. Ciach dealt triples of 655 (203, 220, 232) and 639 (200, 249, 190), and Lambert scored 611 (158, 242, 211) and 664 (247, 227, 190). The winners were from Korea. After 12 games in the all events standings, Ciach is eighth with a 223 average and Lambert 40th at a 213 clip. Bill Rowe Jr.of Hamilton is attending as the technical coach.
With another bowling season almost here, it is time for a look back at many long-gone bowling alleys. The most popular were Central at 46 King St., and at 26 Park St.; Connaught at 25 John St., S.; Crown at 181 James St., S.; Dofasco at 1047 Barton St., E.; Mohawk t 705 Mohawk Rd., E.; Hamilton Centre Bowl at the Centre Shopping Mall; Olympia in the Lister Building; Pla-Mor at 749 Barton St., E.; Queenston Bowl near the Queenston traffic circle; Tivoli at 112 James St., N.; and Roberts at 743 King St.,E.
Others were Albertonian at 43 Albert St., near Gage Park; Beach Road at 176 Beach Rd.; MacDonalds at 66 James St. S.; Ottawa at 172 Ottawa St. and Park Lanes at 75 Newlands.
Some had more than one name, such as Connaught, known as Midtown Lanes. There were many other alleys such as Brant, Bulmer, Fleming, Iron Duke, Kenilworth, and Robinson. Martin’s at 929 King St. E., is still in operation as a five pin house. Some of the long gone alleys are empty and quiet, but others are in use, such as MacDonalds, now a McMaster student residence; Pla-Mor is a furniture store and apartments; and Queenston Bowl is occupied by Black Brothers Auto Electric and the Paul Gordon Dancers. While these alleys will never again hear the pins fall, Skyway Lanes, Hamilton Bowl, Prime Time Bowling, Burlington Bowl, Brantford Lanes, Star Lanes and Bowlerama Stoney Creek will again witness tenpin action as another season gets underway.