Leaders Constantia face tough challenge against Durbanville
THE experienxced Constantia bowls club who top the Premier League log after two rounds of Flag competition, face an acid test today when they travel to play defending champions Durbanville.
Constantia have, over recent years, played second fiddle to their northern rivals. “They’ve beaten us 5-2 on a number of occasions,” said Constantia’s Alan Lofthouse. “But I believe we are at our best now… and it would be tremendous to beat them for a change. Our team of 12 is without doubt the best we can field, and I feel we are ready to deliver against the best team in the league. But any points will do, in this competition you can’t afford to not score points if you want to be challenging at the end of the season.”
With the loss of bowls legend Kevin Campbell (pictured left), who has returned to Glen CC after just one season with Constantia, Kevin Pattenten takes the role of skip. “Kevin has been in good form of late which is a big plus,” Lofthouse said.
Constantia lost valuable points in their opening game against Plumstead with the match called off midway through due to inclement weather, resulting in a 3.5 points share. But they picked up a sevenpointer against Bellville to move them top of the 10-team log with 10.5 points, half a point ahead of Durbanville.
Durbanville have won both fixtures to date by five-point margins with victories over Bellville and Goodwood respectively.
The big surprise last weekend was Howard’s 5-2 win against WPCC. Howard owe their Premier status to a wonder finish last season after looking odds for most parts destined for the drop.
Now, after an opening defeat to Atlantic Green Point, the five points earned last time places them fourth on the log. They face a tough task away to Edgemead, who claimed their first win with a 5-2 result away to Bergvliet. Atlantic Green Point, who surprised last season in their return to the top flight after a twoyear absence with a top four finish, have begun well again with back-toback wins over Howard and Plumstead, placing themselves third on the table with 9.5 points. A fullhouse is theirs for the talking against bottom-placed Bellville.
The semi-finals (9.30am) and finals (1.30pm) of the Personal Trust WP Fours (Men and Women) will be played at Constantia BC tomorrow.
Stellenbosch van der Stel (Adriaan Fourie skipping), the recent winners of the men’s WP Triples, should be too good for Howard (Don Litchfield), while WPCC (Daniel Loubser) clash with Helderberg (Stenan Koen). In the women’s event, Constantia (Denise Vermeulen) plays Durbanville (Anita Quinn) and Mowbray (Georgie Mackie) squares off with Plumstead (Julie Grant).
The WP Women Nomads will be celebrating their 21st Birthday on December 6 at Goodwood BC. They are inviting all past members to join up on their birthday and for Christmas lunch, proceedings start at 12.30pm and the cost per person is R60. To participate, contact Nancy at 021-559 1201 before November 30.