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1967 Saskatoon Ladies Bowling Team


Top row: Bob Price (coach), Sarah Nykiforuk, Shirley Quayle, Mickey Poplack (manager).

Bottom row: Martha Caudle, Gerry Thompson, Marion Taylor, Bunny Hinch.

In 1967 Saskatoon sent one of its strongest ladies bowling teams into provincial competition. After winning the Saskatchewan title the team of Bunny Hinch, Sarah Nykiforuk, Marion Taylor, Gerry Thompson, Shirley Quayle and Martha Caudle (spare) went to Winnipeg to take part in the Western Canadian championships. After winning the West the team coached by Bob Price and managed by Mickey Poplack stayed in Winnipeg and took on the Eastern champions from Toronto in a 10-game series.

Saskatoon's pinfall after 5 games was 6112. In the second 5-game set they scored 6896 including a 1512 in the 3rd match. Hinch rolled her first ever 400 (a 401) in the last game. Saskatoon had defeated Toronto by 566 pins thus avenging the loss to Toronto the year before. In the 10-game series Hinch averaged 278.3, Nykiforuk 263.7, Taylor 255.4, Thompson 253.7 and Quayle 247.4. The total pinfall of 13,008 is a record that still stands today. This talented group of athletes was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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