Triples victory a morale-booster for STB-VDS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

THEY’VE done it again.

Stel­len­bosch van der Stel (STBVDS) played host to the WP Triples fi­nals and, fit­tingly, came away with the men’s sil­ver­ware for a sec­ond time in their brief his­tory with victory over pow­er­house club Dur­banville.

Adri­aan Fourie (skip), Will Ester­huizen (sec­ond) and Paul Ferns (lead), the for­mer and lat­ter now two-time win­ners, fought back from 1-9 down to se­cure a 17-13 win over Protea Star Shaun Ad­di­nall (skip) Bren­don Allen and Alan McGowen.

Ma­rina Brink (Gor­dons Bay) skipped Jenny El­liot and Mavis Scott to the women’s ti­tle with a one-sided 20-9 win over Carol Gehlig (Good­wood), Shirley Stroobants and Louise Burger (Good­wood).

Fourie’s calm de­meanour was again ev­i­dent as he guided his team back into con­tention af­ter a slug­gish start that saw them fall eight shots be­hind early on.

Ad­di­nall’s trio looked set for victory when they landed six shots on the fourth end, but STBVDS fought back bravely to claim a five of their own to trim back the deficit to 8-12 through 12 ends.

That seemed to spur them on in front of their home sup­port­ers, and a se­ries of sin­gles fol­lowed as the more fan­cied Dur­banville ran out of steam and, more im­por­tantly, ends.

“I just want to say to my side well played,” said Fourie. “To be suc­cess­ful at any level you have to play as a team, and we did just that.”

STBVDS will be re­set­ting their sights on more glory as they seek to win pro­mo­tion for a fifth year run­ning in the WP Men’s Flag com­pe­ti­tion, which kicks off to­day.

First Divi­sion STBVDS have been out­stand­ing over the last five years in as­cend­ing the di­vi­sions from six to one… and now the Premier League beck­ons. It may not hap­pen this year, but don’t bet against it – this is a medium-sized club with big dreams and am­bi­tions.

The women’s fi­nal was a very or­di­nary en­counter. Peel­ing at 3-3, Gor­don’s Bay, hav­ing built up a 9-5 lead af­ter 10 ends, went into over­drive over the mid­dle ends to se­cure three threes and a two to put day­light be­tween them­selves and their out­played ri­vals.

Mark­ers are ur­gently re­quired for the du­ra­tion of the up­com­ing two­day WP Mas­ters tour na­ment at At­lantic Green Point. Con­tact Doreen de Power at 021 423 7672 or 082 742 5945.

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