2018 M5PBA Manitoba Open Day 3

Champions Crowned in Minnedosa

​M5PBA Provincial Open Champions were crowned Easter Sunday at Minnedosa Bowl, after a weekend of intense competition and friendly camaraderie. Team Central 3, coached by Al Lightfoot, continued their first day dominance on the second and final day, clinching the Provincial Mixed team championship in game 9 of the 10 game competition. Central 3 won 8 out of 10 team totals, and recorded 53 total points. Congratulations to Coach Lightfoot, James Boxshall, Laurie Kohinski, Aaron Humenny, Elsie Slimmon and Marlin Firby on their Provincial title.

The silver medals were claimed by team Central 1, consisting of Ian Sylvester, Christy Wilson, Scott Adamson, Jacquie Russell and Martin Vermette, coached by Bob WIlson, with 48 points. Bronze medallists Westman 2, coached by Rayann Paddock, were Steve Derksen, Bailey Moncur, Gisele Sayer, Keaton Ruckle and Heather Arthurson, who battled through the adversity of losing Keaton for a number of games due to illness, but still took home 3rd place.

​Top men in the Mixed Team competition were Portage's Brandon Mansell (263.7), James Boxshall (255.3) and a tie between Scott Adamson and Steve Derksen (249.4), which was ultimately broken in a tie-breaker match.

​Top ladies in the event consisted of Wilson (223.6), Westman's Nicole Sentner (212.5), Moncur (196.6), and Central's Sam Van Damme (195.5). Only 16 pins separated 3rd and 6th place after 10 games of bowling.
For the 1st Time in 3 years, we have new Manitoba Mens and Ladies Singles Champions, as Nicole Sentner and Ian Sylvester were unable to claim the crowns for yet another year. The mens 3-4 match saw 3-time defending champion Sylvester take on Aaron Humenny, while the ladies match saw 3rd place qualifier Laurie Wiebe match up with 4th place qualifier Bailey Moncur.

Ian continued his quest for a record 4th title by defeating Hummeny 229-171, and rookie Moncur started with 4 straight strikes to pace to a 270 total and advance to the semi-final match.

Live on youtube with commentators Chris Sumner and Brett Hendrickson, the mens semi-final featured Sylvester versus Brandon's Trevor Rae. Headpins would be Ian's undoing, sprinkling four into the game, and Trevor's 269 carried the win, meaning there would be a new Mens Singles Champion for the first time since 2014.

​The ladies semi-final saw 2012 Champion Christy Wilson and Moncur in a tight contest, where Wilson's experience may have helped carry her through against the newcomer, and on to the finals for the second straight year.

​Top place mens qualifier Scott Adamson awaited the winner of the semi-final and the lane rust showed early, but he finished strong with a huge strike to start the tenth and a clutch headpin shot to carry aces and defeat Rae 233-230 in a thriller. A native of Winnipeg, and current resident of Brandon, Adamson's first Manitoba 5 Pin Open Championships ended with him booking a trip to Gatineau as Manitoba's singles rep.

​The ladies final saw back and forth battles between two experienced veterans in Wilson and Sentner, in a rematch of last yar's final that went 3 games, including a tie, and saw Sentner beome a two time provincial singles champion. Slow starts from both competitors led to a tight finish, as Wilson found success in the final 3 frames to pull out game one 212-188. As the number one qualifier, Sentner earned herself the right to a second match, with the winner advancing to Gatineau as the provincial singles rep. Back and forth action, including a fall by Wilson leading to a foul in the first frame kept the drama high through to the finish, where Nicole was unable to find the momentum she had in the qualifying round and Christy held on for a 182-161 victory and the 2018 crown.

​Strong consolation for Sentner was her team qualifying round, qualifying her to represent Manitoba as part of the defending Canadian champion Manitoba Mixed Team in Gatineau, along with Moncur, Sam Van Damme, James Boxshall, Brandon Mansell and Steve Derksen along with coach Bob Wilson.

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Ladies
Singles
Champ
Christy
Wilson

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Mens
Singles
Champ
Scott
Adamson

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Open
Ladies
Singles
Champ
Christy
Wilson

2018
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Open
Mens
Singles
Champ
Scott
Adamson

Honoring the M5PBA Life Member and larger than life former President, the first Geoff McMullan Sportsmanship Award was selected by the bowlers and coaches and awarded at the conclusion of the event. Neepawa's James Boxshall was honored to be selected as the first recipient, and received the award from Geoff's wife and current M5PBA President Marilyn McMullan.
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