Talk of the Town - - Bowls Banter -

points and a shot profit of 15. The run­ner-up was Siegie Rohrs’s team of fours to de­feat Jacques Krige’s team by a full house points and 1 less shot profit, the rest of the games were all very close af­fairs which could have ended ei­ther way. So Keith’s team takes home the “bucks” again.

Last Thurs­day we had a smaller-than-usual turnout be­cause we had three ladies’ teams play­ing in the Port Al­fred Ladies’ Clas­sic and I can­not give you re­sults of our club’s po­si­tion­ing.

The Me­gabucks com­pe­ti­tion was played again and Lee Botma’s team of Jonty Alexan­der and Lu­cia Nel gave Mike Tom­lin­son’s team a les­son in bowls with a full house of 10 points and shot profit too em­bar­rass­ing to men­tion. The run­ner-up was Ed­die Hoseck’s pair who beat Peter Ford’s team by a full house 10 points and an­other big shot profit. Only one game was a close af­fair with a shot dif­fer­ence of 1 and the rest all above 10 shot dif­fer­ence. Only Lee’s team re­ceived the “Me­gabucks” to take home.

On Satur­day we had five men’s teams play­ing in the Ken­ton Men’s Clas­sic re­sult­ing in a small­ish turnout for tabs bowls. We played our spon­sored Court­yard com­pe­ti­tion and Lee Botma’s team of trips were in form to win the com­pe­ti­tion by 2 points + 11 shots. I do not know who his op­po­si­tion was or any other re­sults.

We wish Lawrie May a speedy re­cov­ery af­ter his ac­ci­dent at home where he needed stitches.

Play­ing for the top spot in the fi­nal round of the Ken­ton Clas­sic, Deon Fourie (Al­bany) pipped Jacques Krige’s (Kowie) team to fin­ish 1st and 2nd, Bob Ford’s team were in 5th place, Pi­eter Stegmann’s team fin­ished in 10th spot with Siegie Rohr’s team in 14th place, and Stephen Min­naar’s team was the last of the Kowie teams.

Mem­bers re­mem­ber this Fri­day evening Septem­ber 15 is our AGM at 6pm. All please re­mem­ber it is an evening of bring and share, so all bring a plate of eats to share af­ter the meet­ing. Thank you. Du­ties for week Septem­ber 18-24: Greens – (Roll) Pi­eter Stegmann, (Mark) – Dick Schu­ur­man and Trevor Lentz, Tabs – Mar­ian Wal­wyn, Bar – Sally Wormald and Rob Walker. The ac­tiv­i­ties of the past two weeks have mostly been di­rected at our an­nual Per­sonal Trust Men Clas­sic that was held last week­end.

Twenty teams from as far afield as Jef­freys Bay, Cradock and Cath­cart en­joyed per­fect bowl­ing weather to par­tic­i­pate in the four-round tour­na­ment. A 31-point scor­ing sys­tem was used which gave all the teams a good chance of per­form­ing well. The fact that the fi­nal win­ner was in the bal­ance un­til the last game was played is an in­di­ca­tion of the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of the sys­tem used.

Deon Fourie’s (Al­bany Bowl­ing Club) team with two young novices was the even­tual win­ner of the first prize of R5 000. Jacques Krige’s team was a close sec­ond and won the R4 000 prize money. Full details and photographs can be found on our web­site at

Clas­sic week­ends aren’t just about bowl­ing. Our ladies did us proud by lay­ing on the most de­li­cious lunches on both days. The menus were novel and ap­pre­cia­tive com­ments were re­ceived from sev­eral quar­ters. For the unini­ti­ated, pork puffins are savoury pork ris­soles wrapped in ba­con. Sev­eral or­ders for whiskey and milk were placed on Sun­day morn­ing which in­di­cated that Satur­day evening’s so­cial (vetkoek with cur­ried mince was served) was en­joyed “too much” by some.

The Spi­der (a typ­i­cal bowl­ing game where all the play­ers in a tour­na­ment de­liver one bowl to the “spi­der” si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The win­ner is the owner of the bowl clos­est to the “spi­der” when all bowls have come to a stop) raised al­most R900 for our lo­cal Hospice. Sev­eral other fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties (swin­dle board, raf­fles and auc­tion) were in aid of club funds.

Apart from Per­sonal Trust’s more gen­er­ous cash spon­sor­ship, most lo­cal busi­nesses con­tri­bu­tion by do­na­tion prod­uct prizes. This en­abled all twenty teams to re­ceive a prize. There is a list of the con­tribut­ing busi­nesses on our board and mem­bers are urged to sup­port them as they have been long-time sup­port­ers of our club.

Amidst all the Clas­sic ac­tiv­i­ties we still had time to have the monthly Se­eff Supa Thurs­day com­pe­ti­tion. This was won by Lionel Howarth’s team with a shot profit of +9. The R240 prize money was to come in handy over the week­end.

Tewie du Plessis was the un­lucky name drawn from the at­ten­dance draw bin on Fri­day night. As he was not present the jack­pot will go up to R800 next Fri­day (PT Trips).

A Spe­cial Gen­eral Meet­ing was held on Septem­ber 13. The pur­pose of the meet­ing was to fill the va­can­cies cre­ated by the res­ig­na­tion of Roy Wilkins. New of­fi­cers con­firmed were: Ad­die Wolf – president, An­thony Cope­man – vice-president and Tony Mann – sec­re­tary. Birth­days (Septem­ber 14-21): 18 – Archie Can­non, 21 – Tony Phillips. Events (Septem­ber 14-21): 15 - Per­sonal Trust trips. Du­ties (Septem­ber 18-24): Tabs – Ruth Low, Bar – J Gay­lard/J Law­son.

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