Top bowls bat­tles ex­pected at week­end

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Roger Lavoip­ierre

THE Em­pan­geni Bowl­ing Club will be the venue when both the men’s and women’s Zu­l­u­land se­nior sin­gles is played on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Al­though there is a small en­try of only seven women, which is some­what dis­ap­point­ing, it must be said that most of the top se­nior sin­gles play­ers will be on show and the bowls should be well worth watch­ing.

Both de­fend­ing cham­pion, Yvonne Steenkamp, and last year’s run­ner-up, Anita Scott, have en­tered and it would be some­thing of a sur­prise if these two were not to meet in the fi­nal.

Some of the other con­tes­tants may take is­sue with me on that pre­dic­tion, but time alone will tell.

Like­wise, in the men’s sec­tion where last year’s cham­pion Barry Mut­low and run­ner-up Billy Kruse are once again in the mix.

Re­cently, Mut­low has shown signs that he may be ready for the tak­ing, but he is a wily old fox with loads of ex­pe­ri­ence and will not give up his ti­tle with­out a fight.

Kruse, on the other hand, has been play­ing ex­cel­lent bowls of late and will be hop­ing that he is able to go one step fur­ther than last year.

Both Mut­low and Kruse, how­ever, will be look­ing anx­iously over their shoul­der where the likes of Mike Bow­man, Danie Schoe­man and one or two oth­ers will be plan­ning the demise of the cham­pi­ons.

The tal­ent in the field makes me hes­i­tate to stick my neck out, but I feel that Mut­low should be the man to beat with Bow­man to run close.

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