WP Bowls see lit­tle re­turn for their in­vest­ment as teams fail to shine

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

WEST­ERN PROV­INCE Bowls had to cough up a small for­tune to send se­nior teams to the re­cent In­ter-dis­tricts.

And the in­vest­ment, which was well over R130 000, yielded poor re­turns with only one medal won, a sil­ver for a gal­lant men’s B team.

The Open men’s and women’s teams ended up mak­ing up the num­bers af­ter a poor week.

Surely more should be ex­pected from the big­gest of the 20 dis­tricts af­fil­i­ated to Bowls SA?

Bias in team selec­tion was a bone of con­tention, so too a se­lec­tor or two be­ing picked for duty.

Once again smaller-num­bered Boland Bowls showed up their neigh­bours for the se­cond year run­ning (three medals in­clud­ing gold in 2017), and this has been frowned upon by the lo­cals for no other rea­son than bet­ter is ex­pected from our lead­ing men and women.

One has to credit Boland A women for win­ning gold in Oudt­shoorn.

Prov­ince, on the other hand, could only man­age fifth place in their 10-strong sec­tion.

The se­lec­tors’ cho­sen eight were the best for the job, ac­cord­ing to chief se­lec­tor Gwen Rey, who re­placed Gaut­eng-bound Ma­rina Brink.

“The man­ager of the A team felt the side did their best and that’s good enough from my side,” Rey said.

“You win some, lose some, that’s the na­ture of sport.

“Let me point out that we did crush Boland in a pre-dis­tricts friendly, and they went on to win gold, so well done to them for that fine achieve­ment.

“We will be back.

“The se­lec­tors will con­duct a post-mortem and learn more.”

As to whether Prov­ince had over­looked other play­ers with cre­den­tials, Rey said it was up to clubs to sub­mit names for selec­tion.

“We can only do so much, the clubs must help us so that ev­ery­one gets a fair chance to rep­re­sent their prov­ince.”

WP pres­i­dent Graeme Kemp backs the call for top play­ers not to be con­sid­ered for selec­tion duty.

“I’ll be ad­dress­ing this as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“I’m not say­ing we have a sit­u­a­tion here, let me make that clear.

“But I do un­der­stand the pos­si­ble back­lash that comes when a se­lec­tor is picked to play for WP….”

On a pos­i­tive note, well done to Prov­ince’s Un­der-15s for de­liv­er­ing medal-win­ning per­for­mances at the In­ter-Dis­tricts Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Bloem­fontein.

The WP B side skipped by Ai­den Lourens from Pollsmoor won gold while WP A skipped by Ar­mand As­caray from Po­lice pock­eted bronze.

● The first WP Ju­nior Mas­ters (U15 and U20) took place at the Pollsmoor Bowl­ing Club and the three medal win­ners were Ar­mand As­caray (Gold), Jaco Fourie (Sil­ver) and Ai­den Lourens (Bronze).

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