Faro team bowls over the competition

Is it Roll Another One or Win Another One? Actually, it's both.

Is it Roll Another One or Win Another One? Actually, it’s both.

Faro carpet bowling team Roll Another One made it two in a row with a first place finish at the fifth annual Winter Competition hosted by the ElderActive Recreation Association Friday and Saturday at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse.

The Faro team took first with seven wins in nine matches.

In the two they lost, “We just got outplayed,” said the team’s Gerald McCool. “There’s some serious competition out there.

“I don’t want to take away from anyone out there because we didn’t get a single game given to us.”

It was the second tournament win in three months for Roll Another One. The team took first place on home turf in the Faro Carpet Bowling Tournament in October.

On board with McCool was wife Charlene, Tessie Grant and Val Benoit.

The team picked up Benoit for the tournament and “she was just 100 per cent,” said Gerald. “We practice together quite often, but that was the first time we’ve ever been in competition together. It was a wonderful thing.

“I’ve always told her that I’d rather play with her than against her.

“We were so proud of everyone’s efforts and everyone contributed a huge part to the success of our win.”

The Teslin Rollers, featuring Ben Schonewille, Hendrien Schonewille, Patrick Ryan and Margaret Garolitz, rolled into second place.

Whitehorse’s Snowbirds flew into third. The team, which includes Jim Fordyce, Betty Hebert, Eileen Bird and Gayle Moffatt, was of the two to take a game off Roll Another One.

The McCools placed third in the 2011 Faro tournament and third in the Winter Competition at the start of last year.

“Thanks to all of our team members and ERA (ElderActive Recreation Association) for inviting us to Whitehorse to play,” said Gerald. “What a wonderful thing they provide for us. The food was great, the hospitality was great, the camaraderie, the friendship.”

The ElderActive event, which had 60 participants, included a shuffleboard competition.

The top-three teams were all Whitehorse-based.

June Raymond and Red Hull shuffled into first place, ahead of Peggy Duncan and Cookie Morgan in second, and Muriel MacMorine and Ralph Simpson in third.

“Everybody had a great time,” said ElderActive president Tom Parlee. “It’s camaraderie. It’s not really serious, it’s just great getting out with all the seniors and having a good time.”

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