Kingswood Lanes captures the 2016 Ladies Provincial Bowling Championships

Kingswood Lanes captures the 2016 Ladies Provincial Bowling Championships

Kingswood wins Candlepin Bowling TItle on home lanes

The host Kingswood Lanes team picked a perfect time to roll the highest string of the 75th annual New Brunswick women’s candelpin bowling championship.

Clinging to an 11-pin lead over Moncton Fairlanes Team Meeting, Kingswood rolled a 617 string to open up a commanding 94-pin lead Friday afternoon.

They went on to win 1,700 to 1,651.

Miranda Wallace, with a 366 triple, sparked the first provincial title for a Fredericton-based team since the 2006 Kingswood Rascals. “It feels amazing,” Wallace said. “This is my first year competing in the provincials, so it’s a big deal to me. The 366 was my high triple for the week too, so I’m not complaining.”

Trisha Farnell, who tossed a 154 single to key the big middle string, and anchor Patsy Connell each checked in with 342s. Carole Wallace, Miranda’s mom, rolled a 341 while Marylou Mowat had three straight 103s for a 309 triple.

Penny Dickeson and Line Ward completed the championship roster. They take home - or rather keep home - $1,800 of the $7,000 prize money. Team Meeting took $1,200 back to Moncton. “It’s always been a dream of my mom’s to play on the same team with me, and win provincials together,” Miranda Wallace said. “So it’s huge accomplishment, for sure.”

Fairlanes anchor Jill Wood had a game-high 373 triple, followed by Tanya Wilson with a 342 and Melissa Sinton with a 335.

Kingswood topped the 12-team event with an 80-8 record, but dropped six of eight points to second-place Team Meeting (74-14) in Thursday’s round-robin match, losing 1,620 to 1,529.

“But we got them in crunch time,” Miranda Wallace said. “Now we’re a third team to watch out for. It’s always been between them and Streatch Wealth Management. Now Kingswood’s up there too.”

“This is the second year in a row we’ve lost in the final after winning three years in a row,” Wood said. “But this title was well-earned for Kingswood. They bowled extremely well. The 617 was the first 600 game thrown all week, so to throw it in the final is amazing.

“They’ve got a lot of young talent," Wood said. “They’re going to be heard from for a while.”

Miranda Wallace and Farnell are only 20, in fact. Farnell’s 154 included three strikes and three spares.

“What’s good about our team is we never get down on ourselves,” Miranda said. “If we throw a bad box, we just shake it off. Once we get a mark, we all get pumped up. Trisha started double strike/spare, so we fed off that to beat a very good team”

In Friday morning’s semifinals, Connell’s 364 and Mowat’s 334 paced Kings-wood to a 31-pin win (1,618 to 1,587) over Prosser Enterprises Ltd. (54-34) of Moncton. The host team won the third string by 48 pins to wipe out a 17-pin deficit Maria Richard had a 341 triple and Tanya Cassidy a 328 in a losing cause.

Team Meeting cruised to a 1,606 to 1,502 win over defending champion Streatch Wealth Management of Riverview in the other semifinal, a rematch of last year’s final. Sinton led the way with a 354 while Wilson and Wood had 327 and 326, respectively.

Julie Bernatchez had a 321 triple for SWM, winners of five of the previous nine provincial titles.

BRUCE HALLIHAN, THE DAILY GLEANER