Champs Dur­banville show their met­tle

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

PREMIER LEAGUE cham­pi­ons Dur­banville scored a 5-2 win over Bel­lville in the open­ing round of men’s Flag com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­banville won two of the three fours games, but sur­ren­dered two valu­able points against a side they’ve beaten by seven-point mar­gins in three pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

None of the 10 com­pet­ing teams were able to score max­i­mum points. Good­wood scored a sur­prise 5-2 away win over Edge­mead while WPCC and At­lantic Green Point also came through with wins over Bergvliet (5-2) and Howard (4.5-2.5) re­spec­tively.

Dur­banville may have lost the skip­ping du­ties of Ja­son Evans (moved to Gaut­eng), but the ar­rival of in­ter na­tional Noel Kennedy is a big plus.

Kennedy rep­re­sented Hong Kong at World Bowls and built up an im­pres­sive in­ter­na­tional record. He has just ar­rived in the Cape and was snapped up by his new club.

He played in the sec­ond team last week­end, but with two pull­outs for the sec­ond round, he finds him­self in the first team to play against Good­wood.

A man who knows the bowl­ing prow­ess of Kennedy is Shaun Ad­di­nall, widely re­garded as South Africa’s lead­ing player. “I played against Noel back in 2000 at World Bowls for South Africa, and he im­pressed me with his skills,” said Ad­di­nall. “Hav­ing a player of his pedi­gree in our ranks is go­ing to be a big plus for us now that Ja­son is gone.”

Of to­day’s home en­counter against Good­wood, Ad­di­nall said he was ex­pect­ing a tough match. “Good­wood have some ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in their ranks, guys such as Alan Aspel­ing and Keith Kotze to men­tion a few.

“On their day, they are more than use­ful as they showed in the win over Edge­mead and I ex­pect them to come out hard.”

WPCC will fancy their chances away to Howard, with the lat­ter one of the teams likely to be in for a tough ride to avoid the drop. Howard found the re­serves last year late to avoid the drop but a lack in depth is their weak­ness.

At­lantic Green Point, af­ter last year’s bet­ter than ex­pected show­ing on their re­turn to the top flight, will be favoured to beat newly pro­moted Plum­stead on home soil even though the lat­ter sur­prised by tak­ing 3.5 points off pow­er­house Con­stan­tia. Edge­mead will fancy their chances of a win away to Bergvliet, while Con­stan­tia should eas­ily dis­pose of vis­it­ing Bel­lville.

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