Burns still on fire on the greens

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

ONE of the finest bowlers to come out of Western Prov­ince, Sylvia Burns, has over the years rep­re­sented the South African Women’s Bowls Team with dis­tinc­tion, the high­light be­ing a trips gold medal at World Bowls in 2008 (bronze in same dis­ci­pline in 2016).

The 62- year- old Edge­mead Bowl­ing Club mem­ber is a lead of the high­est or­der.

Sel­dom does she fail to lay a solid foun­da­tion for her team­mates, in the process mak­ing the art of draw­ing look all too easy.

Burns is an ef­fort­less per­former if ever there was one.

In sin­gles for­mat few can live with her as her record sug­gests.

Myr­iad ti­tles have gone her way and bet on more to come for the pen­cil-slim as­sas­sin.

Burns gives very lit­tle away in com­bat. A cal­cu­lat­ing player who lets her bowls do the talk­ing. “I’m quick on the draw,” Burns said. “I play what I see, it’s as sim­ple as that.”

This sea­son alone Burns has won the WP Masters (fifth time) and the SA Pairs ti­tle with part­ner Anita Groe­newald.

Once again the lo­cals have per­formed at the Na­tion­als, beg­ging the ques­tion as to why play­ers from the Mother City are ig­nored by the national se­lec­tors.

Prov­ince’s men and women have won the in­ter-dis­tricts and many ti­tles at the na­tion­als with­out their feats be­ing recog­nised.

It is a sad state of af­fairs that needs ad­dress­ing by the WP Bowls hi­er­ar­chy.

Time for our district pres­i­dent John Ed­wards to take the mat­ter up with his national coun­ter­part. He must lay down the law in no un­cer­tain terms and de­mand a re­sponse. No doubt about it, Prov­ince’s lead­ing play­ers have the cre­den­tials but con­tinue to be ig­nored by the peo­ple up north who have been ac­cused of wear­ing blink­ers when it comes to pick­ing play­ers out­side their ju­ris­dic­tion.

Burns, thank­fully, has been one of the few ex­cep­tions.

But she had to wait a fair while to play for the Proteas. Her runners-up fin­ish in the SA sin­gles proved to be the turn­ing point.

It paved the way for her to play on the in­ter­na­tional stage for over a decade. But she’s since re­signed. “I think I’ve had a good in­nings… now for the young­sters to fill my shoes,” said Burns.

“So many tal­ented play­ers out there who de­serve a shot at play­ing for their coun­try. I’m sure there are ladies in our prov­ince who are on the fringes, with Mag­gie van Zyl (skipped her Dur­banville fours side to SA ti­tle) set to go close along with René Swanepoel, who has in the past com­peted for SA at the African States tour­na­ment.”

As for her first national ti­tle, Burns said she and Groe­newald com­bined well through­out.

“Anita is top-class skip and a plea­sure to play with. I think we both put our hands up when it mat­tered most,” she said.

The pair won R6000 each for a few days work up in Johannesburg re­cently.

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