Daily Dispatch

King keep Border flag high at bowls


AFTER a week of highly competitiv­e bowls on beautiful greens and sharing in the wonderful scenic views of Cape Town, the 2012 Women’s and Men’s All-cape Bowls tournament came to an end last Saturday.

The tournament entry was: Men –15 sections; women – nine, each section comprising 12 teams.

The sectional playoff rounds were played over six days, each day at different venues, with an overall full-house maximum of 22 points.

Unfortunat­ely, although all the Eastern Cape teams gave it their best in the sectional playoffs, none of them reached the final rounds of play.

Last year’s winners Edgemead, skipped by Lionel Verwey, were the only team to go through the sectional play unbeaten with a full-house of 22 points.

Verwey went on reach the semifinals. His team looked like they would again reach the finals. On the 19th end they had a solid lead of 16-11 over Stellenbos­ch with only two ends to be played. However Lady Luck later turned against them. They dropped six shots over the last two ends, losing the game by one shot 16-17.

The final winners of the championsh­ip were:

(Men) Durbanvill­e (WP) led by R Maggott who had a 21-15 win over runners-up Simon vd Stel (A Fourie, WP).

(Women) Gordon’s Bay (WP) who had a comfortabl­e 33-16 win over runners-up Strand (L Roediger, WP).

Playing under the Border Flag the best result in the men’s sectional play was King William’s Town (T Elliott, D Timm, P Jacobs, B Mclean). Out of the 11 games played, they only lost three, finishing with 15 points out of a possible 22 and finishing third on the log.

On the last day of play against Pollsmoor, King had to win but lying one to the good on the final end, failed to draw the winner and peeled 17-17 which wasn't good enough. Had they won they would have finished on 18 points and gone into the plate final.

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