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Port Al­fred Bowl­ing Club

THE bowls year is gal­lop­ing on at a fu­ri­ous pace, and there are so many com­pe­ti­tions both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal that it is hard to keep up.

Last Tues­day, the win­ners of the Per­sonal Trust com­pe­ti­tion were Ron Or­ford and his team of Michael Ben­nita, Joan Ja­cobs and Lynne Pre­ston. Thank you to Per­sonal Trust, who are the gen­er­ous spon­sors.

There was also a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing on Tues­day evening af­ter bowls, which was well at­tended. The nec­es­sary amend­ments to the con­sti­tu­tion were ap­proved and ac­cepted by the mem­bers present.

The final rounds of the men’s open sin­gles were played last Wed­nes­day morn­ing and the win­ner of the open and the se­nior sin­gles was Ed­die Se­nar.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ed­die and well played.

The Timm and Vroom Cup were played at Kowie on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The men (Timm) have 16 points each but Port Al­fred has a huge deficit in shot profit, so at this stage Kowie has the ad­van­tage.

The women (Vroom) points year-to-date are PA 10 + 152 and Kowie 2 + 110. With only two more games to play this year it prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing fin­ish.

The Eastern Ar­eas (EA) Sin­gles com­pe­ti­tions were played this week­end at Kowie Bowl­ing Club in rainy and cold con­di­tions which did not seem to de­ter the play­ers.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing win­ners and run­ners up:

The novice ladies’ sin­gles com­pe­ti­tions were won by Pippa Swift from Ken­ton Bowl­ing Club, and Me­gan Kriel from Kowie was the run­ner-up.

The ladies’ open sin­gles was won by An­nemarie Calitz from Al­bany, and the run­ner-up be­ing Jackie Kriel from Kowie.

The men’s novice sin­gles was won by Brian Burger from Kowie, and the run­ner-up was TJ Mclean from Al­bany.

The men’s open sin­gles was won by Al­lie Daniels, and the run­ner-up was Jacque Kriege from Kowie Bowl­ing Club.

The se­nior men’s sin­gles was won by Gra­ham Enslin, and the run­ner-up was Phyl Tay­lor, both from Port Al­fred Club.

All these play­ers, as well as Wendy Pfoten­hauer, who won the ladies’ se­nior sin­gles last week­end, will be com­petit­ing against the sec­tion win­ners from EP this com­ing week­end in Port El­iz­a­beth.

We wish them all good luck and good bowl­ing.

They will be play­ing at Westview Bowl­ing Club on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The Colleen Timm and Moore Shield com­pe­ti­tion will be played at Kowie on Satur­day July 21.

The mixed drawn trips round two will be played on Tues­day July 24.

The ladies’ open sin­gles rounds three and four will be played on Wed­nes­day July 25.

It is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to check the no­tice board to en­sure you are aware of events, com­pe­ti­tions, etc. Please en­sure that you know what is hap­pen­ing at your club.

A farewell braai was held re­cently for one of our green keep­ers, John Makhwezi Ty­huty­hani, who re­tired af­ter 20 years of loyal ser­vice to our club.

John re­mem­bers many of our early mem­bers such as Rus­sell and Joy Geard, and worked with nu­mer­ous green keep­ers as in Ken Schroder, Alvern Fitzhenry, Gra­ham Brown and John Ben­nett. He will be sorely missed. Du­ties for the week July 24 – 28: Bar Duty – Colin and Beryl Barnard, Tabs Duty – M Re­naud and Anne Kotze, Iron­ing Duty – Bill Wragg.

Kowie Bowl­ing Club

WHEN mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties orig­i­nally al­lo­cated sites for bowl­ing clubs they were not over-gen­er­ous in their se­lec­tion.

The re­sult is that the ma­jor­ity of the clubs were sit­u­ated in rather drab, un­pre­pos­sess­ing sur­round­ings. It does not come as a sur­prise there­fore that our vis­i­tors wax lyri­cal when they visit Kowie with its unique set­ting.

Sit­u­ated in the folds of a pro­claimed nat­u­ral for­est pro­vid­ing a syl­van back­drop to our “A” and “C” greens, one can ex­cuse the odd player ne­glect­ing his game as he is se­duced by the over­whelm­ing pres­ence of na­ture at its best.

But this not all – a few of us have savoured the ultimate when mother na­ture and her min­ions take over the site.

There will, very oc­ca­sion­ally, be a morn­ing when the greens, free of the trap­pings of the game of bowls, are just grassy swards in­vaded by a covey of wag­tails and star­lings vo­ra­ciously seek­ing the mul­ti­tude of in­sects in the grassy mat, while the rays of the early sun soak up the dew.

A wood­pecker lustily hacks at the tree above us and the dassies ten­ta­tively ven­ture forth to bask in the sun but wary of at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of our own crested ea­gle nest­ing in the trees on the hill.

The small shy grys­bokkie has vis­ited us again and dev­as­tated the new growth on my favourite hi­bis­cus.

This utopian dream can only be con­sum­mated with mu­sic in the back­ground – maybe a string en­sem­ble per­form­ing the in­tri­cate har­monies of Bach’s Air on a G string or the lilt­ing in­tro­duc­tion to the morn­ing from Ed­uard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite – all this and heaven too – or as the Bard would have said – this other Eden-demi par­adise.

Last Tues­day was again very close to a full house with 14 teams vy­ing for a Spar Voucher.

Six close games and one 10. Mike Tom­lin­son, Bryan Burger, and Jerry van Heer­den will have rea­son to thank Spar for their gen­eros­ity

Last Thurs­day we hosted our friends from across the main road.

We were care­ful not to ex­tend our hospi­tal­ity too far and ended up with honours even all round – ladies one all and men two all. I think the 22nd end was also a tie.

In the oorski­ets com­pe­ti­tion, the mega-bucks went to Jac­ques Krige, Ron­nie Smith, and our first timer Noel Barnes-Webb.

A bit­ing wind in­ter­spersed with show­ers was the menu for the EA Sin­gles fi­nals at Kowie.

There was some good bowls played and none more dra­matic than Jackie Kriel’s last game – if she won 21-19 she would be EA champ, if she won 21-20 she would be run­ner-up.

Fi­nally, af­ter a very “to-and-fro” game she ended up as run­ner-up.

Kowie pro­vided four of the win­ners and run­ners -up to play in the Eastern Prov­ince fi­nals.

Con­grats to the two Kriels – Jackie and Me­gan (open and novices), Bryan Burger (win­ner novices), and Jac­ques Krige (open run­ner-up).

Du­ties: Roll – Siegie Rohrs, Mark – Keith Ben­son/Lester Scriven, Tabs – Sally Mof­fat.

Ken­ton Bowl­ing Club

Ques­tion: How do you eat an ele­phant? An­swer: One bite at a time. Ques­tion: How do you win the Dias Trips Jack­pot? An­swer: One round at a time!

The sev­enth round of the Dias In­sur­ance Con­sul­tants com­pe­ti­tion was held last Wed­nes­day.

It is in­ter­est­ing that last month’s lead­ers are still oc­cu­py­ing the first three po­si­tions on the log, al­beit that they swopped po­si­tions among them­selves.

One thing they have in com­mon is that they have con­sis­tently pro­duced good rounds, one at a time. The fron­trun­ners are Tony Phillips, Ruth Low and Dave West but they are closely fol­lowed by Stom­pie Bellingan, Leonie de Vil­liers, JP du Toit and Rob Smith. With still four rounds to play and the final re­sult in the bal­ance, the race is wide open.

Last week­end, the fi­nals of all the EA Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships were held at the Kowie Bowl­ing Club.

We only had one fi­nal­ist! Pippa Swift, who was run­ner-up last year, went one step bet­ter and was crowned EA Ladies’ Novice Sin­gles Cham­pion.

She will rep­re­sent EA at the Eastern Prov­ince Cham­pi­onships in Port El­iz­a­beth this com­ing week­end.

We wish her all the best and “good bowl­ing”.

Some of the sin­gles cham­pi­onships were marred by the ex­tremely low num­ber of en­tries.

This can be as­cribed to the con­gested bowl­ing cal­en­dar in the first half of the year. Many of the com­pet­i­tive bowlers have not had a free week­end since the be­gin­ning of March.

This is some­thing the pow­ers that be will have to de­bate for next year.

The evening of Fri­day the 13th was a happy night for Melise Beres­ford.

Not only was her num­ber drawn from the at­ten­dance draw drum, she was also present to claim her win­ning.

Af­ter miss­ing two pre­vi­ous “calls” be­cause of not be­ing present, she walked off with the R1500 jack­pot this time. It just proves the old adage: If you want to go home with the money, you had bet­ter be there, honey!

Next week’s jack­pot will be R500. Du­ties (July 23-29): Bar – L Slater/A Wolf, Tabs – The Bowk­ers. Events (July 19-26): 20 – Per­sonal Trust Trips, Steak Braai, 21 – Colleeen Timm (Kowie), Moore Shield (Kowie), EP Sin­gles Fi­nals (PE).

THANKS FOR SER­VICE: A farewell braai was held re­cently for one of the Port Al­fred Bowl­ing Club green keep­ers, John Makhwezi Ty­huty­hani, who re­tired af­ter 20 years of loyal ser­vice to the club. With Ty­huty­hani are, from left, David Freeme, John Ben­nett...

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