Faro team wins carpet bowling tourney

Faro's Roll Another One was rolling over the competition at home this past weekend.

Faro’s Roll Another One was rolling over the competition at home this past weekend.

Roll Another One went undefeated against six other teams to take first at the annual Faro Carpet Bowling Tournament, organized by the ElderActive Recreation Association, at the Faro Community Centre.

They went undefeated, but it was no stroll in the park, said team member Gerald McCool.

“We did, but I’ll tell you what, there was some serious competition out there,” said McCool. “We did win all six games and went undefeated, but my God it was not easy.

“There are some serious carpet bowlers out there and some very good ones as well. So it was not easy to win.”

Also on Roll Another One was Charlene McCool, Tess Grant and new team member Michelle Vainio.

“Everyone does their part; it’s not just one individual,” said Gerald. “It’s absolutely a team effort.”

To go undefeated, Roll Another One defeated two teams from Whitehorse, two others from Faro, a Teslin team and a Tagish team.

“It is nice to win at home and that’s one advantage we probably have,” said Gerald. “We get to go home to our own meal or our own bed.”

Taking second place was Faro’s Grateful Dead, featuring Doris Unruh, Jim McLachlan, Marilyn Boyle and Jerry Johnson.

In third was Tagish Team with Renie Smith, Heather McGeachy, Sandy Lansfield and Lois Fraser.

The McCools are no strangers to competition. Gerald and Charlene were on a team that placed third in last year’s Faro tournament and third in a Whitehorse tournament at the start of the year.

ElderActive will be hosting its “semi” annual general meeting on Friday at Elks Hall at 10 a.m. The following day, ElderActive will hold its Yukon Games, featuring bowling, bocce, carpet bowling, floor curling, cribbage and shuffleboard.

The next strictly carpet bowling tournament will be the annual Winter Competition January 26-27 at the Canada Games Centre.

“We are quite competitive and it’s obviously a highlight to win, but another highlight I’d like to emphasize is meeting some old friends and people such as that that we’ve carpet bowled with in the past,” said Gerald. “What a wonderful thing to be a part of that … Some of these people come from six or seven hours away and we only get to meet them a couple times a year. Even though you don’t see them that often, it’s like meeting an old friend.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com