Bowling competition heats up!

The Rev. Canon Kevin Stockall and Paul Banks

The Rev. Canon Kevin Stockall, barely recognizable in his viking hat, and Paul Banks watch the action in the lanes during the tournament last year.  ~McKnight file photos


Preparations for the second annual bowling tournament are well underway. It takes place in three regions on Saturday, April 21: Fredericton, Moncton and the Kennebecasis Valley. This year, all the proceeds will be used to help combat childhood hunger by donating to food programs in all three regions. The overall goal is $100,000.

T-shirts are being sold for $15 as a fundraiser and bowlers are encouraged to purchase one and wear it on tournament day.

Deaneries and parishes are planning fundraisers in the lead-up to the tournament. A 50s to 70s family dance will be held Friday, Feb. 23 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 75 Main Street, Fredericton, as a fundraiser, hosted by both the Parish of Douglas and Nashwaaksis and the Parish of Marysville (All Saints). (NOTE: This is a child-friendly event, $10 each or a family rate of $20. The doors open at 6 p.m. The music begins at 7 p.m.)

This is a real step forward, considering the trash talking that took place last year between the two parishes. To refresh your memory, it was the Rev. Paul Ranson who threw down the gauntlet last year with his cry of “It’s on like Donkey Kong!”

Kevin McAllister and Paul Ranson

Kevin McAllister (top) and Paul Ranson have a history of trash talking when it comes to their parishes’ bowling abilities. Now Paul is demanding that All Saints bowlers, who handily beat bowlers in Paul’s parish last year, provide a sample to test for performing enhancing substances.

But when All Saints cleaned up at the tournament — it organized the event, raised the most money, had the top individual fundraiser, had the highest female average and highest female single string scores and won the tournament — the Rev. Ranson, conveniently, could not be reached for comment.

“If you recall at the Stewardship conference, Rev. Paul Ranson brought up the issue of performance enhancing drugs that our bowling athletes may have been involved with,” said the Rev. Kevin McAllister, the key organizer and priest at All Saints.

“In order to keep a level playing field, Rev. Ranson and Rev. Jon Galbraith volunteered to receive all samples for testing at their office on Main Street.

“Bowlers — please be sure to provide a sample at least four weeks prior to the event.”

Unfortunately, despite the show of solidarity displayed in planning the joint dance, it looks like the competition is heating up on Fredericton’s north side.

Meanwhile in Moncton, the tension is building. In the Parish of Riverview, potential bowlers are having to go through a try-out process. Not just anyone is being accepted to the parish team. Potential bowlers are having to prove their skill, illustrating the fierce competition that will mark tournament day.

To sign up, contact Archdeacon Rob Marsh (KV area) or Archdeacon Brent Ham (Moncton area), depending on where you live. To buy T-shirts, if you live in the Archdeaconry of Fredericton and/or wish to support the tournament, contact Kevin McAllister.

Rob Marsh: rbjmarsh at / (506) 650-2063
Brent Ham: revbrentham at / (506) 386-7431
Kevin McAllister: micksizepint at / (506) 337-8331

EDITOR’S NOTE: Aspects of the above story have been written in jest. The hunger issues are real, but the trash talking, drug testing and team tryouts should not be taken seriously.


T-shirts are available for $15. The Rev. Kevin McAllister encourages bowlers to wear their T-shirts to the tournament on April 21 — though anyone can support the cause and buy one, bowler or not.

Why should you bowl?

• Fredericton Community Kitchens Inc. Student Hunger Program began during the 2013-2014 school year.

• They currently provide lunches in 18 schools in the Fredericton and surrounding area.

• Fifteen of these schools receive 355 bagged lunches every school day.

• In addition to the bagged lunch program, the SHP prepares backpacks filled with food for students to take home to their families on the weekend. In the pack is 12-14 pounds of non-perishable food containing two meals for a family of four. They currently prepare 77 packs a week for 10 schools, including Minto High School.

• The SHP delivers a bulk food order to both FHS and LHHS Culinary Arts classes. With this food FHS prepares 125 halal lunches each week.
With their food order LHHS prepares 300 healthy baggie snacks containing carrots, celery and so on each week to be distributed to their students.

• In addition to these programs, the SHP delivers bulk food and lunch snacks each week to the Anglophone West School District Enterprise Program, which operates out of the Education Center at FHS.

• As well, the SHP delivers bulk food and lunch snacks to Lincoln Elementary School once a month. This food is used to supplement the lunch program at their school.

• The SHP also supplements the breakfast programs at four schools with bagels and other breakfast food.

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These statistics are just for the Fredericton area. There are hungry children, and programs that help feed them, in all corners of the province that need your support to keep operating.

Mylee VanDoren

Mylee VanDoren bowled for one of the Minto teams during last year’s tournament.

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