Bowls Banter

Kenton Bowling Club

A FEW weeks ago we were forecasting that after the wet summer we have had, we may well be facing a very dry autumn and winter.

Kenton’s underground water reservoirs are fed by rainwater run-off from the adjacent Kariega Road. Greenkeeper Rodney Austin proposed that we increase the storm-water catchment efficiency by constructing a new channel from the road into the tanks.

Rodney and Tim Bradbury went to work, and with generous donations of construction materials, have completed the project. We are greatly appreciative of the contributions of Scribante Concrete in Port Elizabeth, Buco, Makana Brick, Mega Build It and Newton Farm. The success of the harvesting project can be judged by the fact that the 8mm rain shower we had some days ago put 85 000l into our tanks, which have a total capacity approaching one million litres.

At the Horace and Peg Purdon competitions, held on April 6 at Port Alfred BC the Kenton ladies won one and lost one, while the Kenton men did similarly. To date, the ladies are ahead with 6+26 followed by Port Alfred on 6+14.

The Kenton Men (6+12) are second, behind Port Alfred (6+14). A

close competition! Seeff Supa Thursday on April 7 saw Dave West, Joan Spence and Lee Slater taking first spot. Sunday was not a happy day for Kenton in the Men’s Eastern Areas (EA) League games – all four teams lost in this the final round. Overall, in the First League, Kenton came third behind Albany and Port Alfred, while in the Second League they came second behind Kowie.

There are still a few spaces left for the Kenton GBS Mixed Fours on Saturday May 7.

Gerald Brown did not attend the Friday draw of April 8 and so missed the R800. The draw goes to R900 on Friday May 15. Duties for the week of April 18- 23: Tabs – Sue Pautz and Tony Mann, Bar – Peter and Mirielle McPhee.

BIG WINNERS: The Kowie Bowling Club was the winner of the Second League in the Eastern Areas Leagues played over the weekend. From left are Siggie Rohrs, Bob Ford, Chris Avis, Peter Ford, Michael van der Sandt, Stan Richter, Rod Gradwell and Mike Tomlinson

Kowie Bowling Club

Last Tuesday with no sponsored competition we played the Megabucks competition and the winner on the day was Rob Owsley’s team of trips Tony Brown and Ronnie Smith who defeated Bob Ford’s team 10/+ 9. The runner-up was James Fox’s team. Last Wednesday all coastal clubs headed to Port Alfred Club for the second round of the Horace and Peg Purdon competition and Port Alfred ruled the day.

In the ladies’ section Port Alfred won two, Kenton won one and Kowie lost both, giving Port Alfred a running score of 6 points and 14 shot profit. Kenton has a score of 6 points and a profit of 26 and Kowie has yet to open the account. In the men’s section, it was very much the same – Port Alfred 6 points with a profit of 14, Kenton 6 points and a profit of 12, while Kowie is still to open their account.

Last Thursday it was ladies’ day and the ladies played by themselves. The snowball competition was played and the men did not feature. The score drawn by a lady on the day for the four ends was two, and one ladies’ team matched the score.

Theresa Pretorius, Linda May, Launa Kirk and Lina Woodard were the winning team and split the kitty of around R115. They will not give this kitty a chance to build to something worthwhile. We say goodbye to our swallows Dave and Launa Kirk who head off to Katburg for 10 days before winging their way back to England. Enjoy your time in the mountains and we will see you next year.

On Friday we arranged with EP bowls to run a coaching course for individuals, which included a good spread of newer bowlers to experienced. There were 14 in the morning session and then we broke for lunch at 12 noon.

We resumed at 1pm for another group of 12 bowlers put through their paces. We had three EP coaches from level 2 to 4 with our local coaches Ed Hoseck and Rob Smith. This was a very good exercise and can only help bowlers to tweak their game. We thank the district for what they are putting into our local bowls. Friday was a very busy day with round four of the Night Bowls Tournament.

The crowds rolled in and Lions had a successful evening selling wors rolls, hot dogs for kids and hamburgers. The “performer of the night” was Albany Insurance who took home the Pick n Pay vouchers. The swindle board raffle for a sponsored bottle of “pink” was won by Mike from Mike Kenny Sports and the rollover competition which reverted back to R60 was a carryover this week because three teams had the winning score, so next week goes to R120.

Remember this Friday is round five of the competition – see you all there. On Saturday we had a nice turnout to play the Courtyard competition with a couple of big wins on the day.

The winner was James Fox’s team of Mike Pfotenhauer and Gill Turner who defeated Dave Banks’s team 10/+17 and today we had vouchers, enough for a runner-up prize and this went to Stev Minnaar’s team of Jean Botma and Basil Clarke, who defeated Delene Deenik’s team.

All took home vouchers. Thank you very much Allan Sheridan. Sunday was the last round of the EA Men’s League played at the Grahamstown Club. Kowie teams had their most successful day of the League in the morning winning both games to get the bonus point and in the afternoon had one loss and a good win for the positive shot profit to total eight points for the day.

Albany Club were in top form, winning all their games against Kenton to win the First League with 27 points and 30 shot profit to pit Port Alfred, who had the bye and end their competition on 26 points and 70 shot profit. In the Second League, we played Kenton and in the morning session won one and lost one with a positive shot profit – and in the afternoon session it was exactly the same result.

Kowie won the Second League with 42 points and a shot profit of 155 with Kenton in second place with 34 points and -21 shot profit. Duties for the week April 18-24: Greens – (Roll) Siggie Rohrs, (Mark) Peter Ford and Gerald Mills, Tabs – (Cash) Delene Deenik, (Select) Mike Tomlinson, Bar – Basil Clarke and Allan Sheridan.

Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club

Our club had two players in the EP Senior Men’s team playing in the inter-districts in Johannesburg. Their team won a bronze medal. The first place went to Johannesburg, second place went to Port Natal and joint third place went to EP and Eden. History was made for our club as we had two men and two ladies selected to represent EP seniors. Both ladies and men had nine games to play, so had to be on top of their game at all times. The ladies managed to be in the middle of the field. Very well done to you all. The EA mixed pairs final was played in Grahamstown and our players, Dave Lang and Colette Reid, were outplayed by Grahamstown couple June and Phil McDougall. Well done.

Our croquet players continue with their memorial tournament and we wish them well.

Upcoming events: The Doris Ford and Les Clarke competitions on Wednesday April 20 in Kenton; birthday night on Tuesday April 19; Personal Trust sponsored competition on Tuesday April 19. Duties for April 19-23: Tab duty – Sheila Penny and Phil Taylor, bar duty – Vic, Ian Mc and Ron, ironing greens – Martin Leonard.

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