Champs Durbanville show their mettle
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.