Bridge too far for lo­cal bowlers at the fi­nal hur­dle

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Roger Lavoip­ierre

NEWS from both the men’s and women’s Dis­trict Masters tour­na­ment played in New­cas­tle two weeks ago, is that al­though Zu­l­u­land’s bowlers made their presence felt and re­turned home with their heads held high, when it came to the fi­nal hur­dle it was a case of a bridge too far.

In the men’s sec­tion A, Barry Mut­low (6+13) fin­ished as run­ner-up to The­uns Fraser of Mid­lands (8+25), while Dion Leaity only lost one game in sec­tion B to move into the fi­nal with a score of 8+34.

Fraser de­servedly be­came Masters cham­pion for 2018 when, in a close game, he beat Leaity 21-15.

In the women’s sec­tion A, Esell Schoe­man also lost only one game to fin­ish on 8+25 on her way to book­ing her place in the fi­nal, where she was to meet Nan Roos of Mid­lands, who had sailed through sec­tion B un­beaten.

Once again it was the bowler from the Mid­lands who tri­umphed when she rel­e­gated Schoe­man to the run­ners-up spot by 21 shots to 10.

Lo­cal clubs have been in­volved in play­ing their Pro 10 tour­na­ments, where both the win­ners and run­ner­sup will progress to the dis­trict play­offs, which are spon­sored by Hi-Q and will be played at Mtun­zini on 14 and 15 July.

The win­ners at the Em­pan­geni Bowl­ing Club were Japie van Staden and Roly Shaw, with the run­ners-up Steve Ober­holzer and Glo­ria Gar­butt, while at Em­pan­geni Coun­try Club it was Jeff Hunter and Odette Al­lan who fin­ished on top, fol­lowed by Louis Wes­sells and Wan­nita Smith.

This week­end the Mtun­zini Bowl­ing Club will be host­ing their ever pop­u­lar Au­tumn Tour­na­ment, which has once again, at­tracted a bumper en­try and a great two days of good bowls and great fun is to be ex­pected.

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