Leaders Con­stan­tia face tough chal­lenge against Dur­banville

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

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.

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