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Throwback: A five-pin feat at Ladner Lanes

The bowling alley at the time had over 700 players involved each week in league bowling
Norm McEvoy, Stu Simpkins and ‘Speed’ Falcos in 1971.

Let’s head back to March 1971 to check out quite an accomplishment at Ladner Lanes.

Single games totalling over 400 in five-pin bowling were rare. They were so rare, in fact, that the most Ladner Lanes saw was about one or two in a season.

That was until 1971 when three gentlemen - Norm McEvoy, Stu Simpkins and “Speed” Falcos - all bowled games over 400 that season.

McEvoy netted 405, Simpkins tallied a magnificent 423 and Falcos scored 418.

The bowling alley was located at the Ladner Shopping Centre and open seven days a week.

That season, it was reported that a better pin fall was expected following resurfacing of the alleys and installation of new pins. Even more high scoring games were expected as a result.