Three Pairs representing YC&AC and a fourth representing “YLBC” traveled from Yokohama to Akashi on the weekend of November 9/10 for the finals of the Bowls Japan Pairs.
Alex Hendy & Marcel Niederhauser (reigning champions), Hirofumi Nakajima & Tomohiro Hamada, and George Ishiguro & Toshiharu Saito flew the YC&AC banner, while Seishi Yoda and Shigemitsu Itoh did not.
Alas, none of the pairs who have honed their skills on the YC&AC lawn were able to adjust quickly enough to the super-slick artificial surface in Akashi to compete with the best of the Kansai bowlers.
And who is to say how long that adjustment might take! The quality of the bowling in the final stages of this competition was world class. Full credit and respect where it is due.
Never mind the bowling. A fine time was had by the Yokohama travelers, who stuck together and made light of their suffering at the hands of their Kansai foe.
We returned to Yokohama bloodied but unbowed, and much the wiser for the experience.
Thank you, Bowls Japan, for a very well organized and inspiring tournament. We’ll be back!