Sin­gles are set­tled

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Roger Lavoip­ierre

AF­TER a two week de­lay caused by in­clement weather, the fi­nals of both the men’s and women’s Zu­l­u­land open sin­gles were com­pleted at the Mtun­zini Bowl­ing Club at the week­end.

In the men’s group pre­lim­i­nary rounds, George Ste­wart (Richards Bay) beat Billy Kruse (eShowe) 21-13, and Barry Mut­low (Richards Bay) beat Dareth McIn­tyre (Mtun­zini) 21-10.

In the quar­ter-fi­nals, Ste­wart went down 16-21 to Dion Leaity (Richards Bay), Mut­low beat Vlekkie Visser (Richards Bay) 21-16, Mike Bow­man (Mtun­zini) beat Dirk Nor­val (Richards Bay) 21-20, and Bobby Smith (Em­pan­geni Bowl­ing Club) beat Mike Lovell (Coun­try Club) 21-13.

In the semi-fi­nals Mut­low posted a sur­pris­ingly easy 21-6 win over Leaity, and Bow­man ac­counted for Smith 21-11.

In the fi­nal, af­ter peel­ing eight apiece af­ter ten ends, it was Bow­man who slowly but surely stamped his author­ity on pro­ceed­ings. Al­though de­fend­ing cham­pion Mut­low fought to the bit­ter end, it was Bow­man who clinched the ti­tle by 21 shots to 18.

In the women’s sec­tion, the first quar­ter-fi­nal was won by Esell Schoe­man (Richards Bay), who beat club-mate Michelle Mor­gan 21-7, while in the sec­ond quar­ter-fi­nal de­fend­ing cham­pion He­lene de Wet (Bowl­ing Club) was beaten 21-9 by Anita Scott (Richards Bay).

In the semi-fi­nals, Schoe­man beat Sharon Ni­coll (Bowl­ing Club) 21-10 and Glo­ria Gar­butt (Bowl­ing Club) beat Scott 21-12.

With both con­tes­tants play­ing ex­cel­lent bowls, the women’s fi­nal can jus­ti­fi­ably lay claim to the match of the tour­na­ment ac­co­lade.

Schoe­man got off to a flier, and af­ter eight ends was in front 10-3.

It was then Gar­butt’s turn to ap­ply pres­sure and four ends later, she took over the lead 12-10.

At this stage, the game swung once more the way of Schoe­man and af­ter 19 ends she lay within one shot of vic­tory (20-15).

But Gar­butt dug deep, and scor­ing 2-1-1-1, she tied up the game at peels 20.

Amid mount­ing ex­cite­ment, it was left to Schoe­man to play what was the shot of the day to score the sin­gle that gave her the game and the ti­tle by 21 shots to 20.

It was the sort of con­test where it seemed a pity there had to be a loser.

This week­end, the eShowe Bowl­ing Club will be host­ing their an­nual spon­sored tour­na­ment.

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