Life is never simple at a Bowl’s Club and Wanderers is no exception. Wanderers is such a great club; we have made it like that. As Club members we ensure that we play bowls because we all love the game and the camaraderie that it brings with it. Life is so short.

I love seeing Rally Kartun playing at 93. He looks forward each week to playing. Rochelle Grusin and her smile, Pesel Gelman and the fun she has, Mike Kimmelman and his nonstop stories, International bowler Martin Robert Frack bowling off line, Dave Kaplan and his well- prepared Saturday afternoon quiz. Mike and Warwick competing every afternoon singles, Jack Colter and his laugh, Ron Grek and his good-natured humour etc. These are OUR club members.

This month we lost a long-serving ex-club member, Vee Saad. Her memorial service was held at Cedar Park and thank you to those who attended. She will long be remembered by the green keepers for her bowl delivery.

We had the greens inspection by the BSA Greens committee on the 21st June. The Club had to present the levelling charts and we thank Adrian Burke for surveying the greens and creating the charts. BSA members were extremely impressed by the high standard of the Wanderers greens. Congratulations to Tony Faulkner, Amos, Sizwe and especially Fana on the huge improvement of the Wanderers greens.

Brian Myers, Margaret Stoneham, Warwick Sagar and Sam Rosen have relooked THE TAB grading for 2017/2018. Strive to improve your grading athough it is a guide only to your ability.

The men start League practise on the 24th June so that we do not have a last minute rush to sort out the most compatible rinks. Warwick Sagar and Brian Myers are our men’s selection convenors.

Stan Friedman had a back operation on the 14th June. At present he is in an induced coma and we wish him a quick recovery as he is sorely missed. Sidney Lazarus is also recuperating as he had to have further operations for his condition. Get well quick Sidney.

Rose Wookey is extremely busy with the Wanderers Ladies. This year they will enter 2 teams in the league. The ladies competitions are well advanced and are being played off at present.

Paul Botha has got the men’s competitions far advanced. Mike Bolel and Duane Abrahams have reached the Open Singles Final. In the Senior Singles, Ronnie Herrmann awaits the second finalist. Phil Lazarus, Alan Klein and Adrian Burke are all still in the running as Stan Friedman has had to drop out due to his back operation.

Maybe we should use the International standard and play 2 bowl trips, 2/4/2 pairs and 3 bowl singles. It would speed up the game. Adrian Schofield and the Skollies have the Round Robin with the other competing clubs being held at Wanderers on the Saturday morning of 1st July.

Rose Wookey organised a fours competition on the 16th June Youth Day public holiday. It was a great success and we look forward to more. The concept is tremendous. Fours are drawn, Teams then play 6 exciting ends. The winners move to the left, losers stay behind. We had time for 3 rounds and all wished that we had started earlier. Rose had donated 2 printers. Simmy Silverman was the proud winner of one of them. The braai at R25 afterwards was a great exhibition of club spirit. Well done once again to Rose Wookey.

Mike Bolel and his Wednesday Hatzolah game is proving to continue to be a great success and is producing highly competitive bowls. It is also gratifying to watch Allan Bell, Chris Price and Jeff Carter compete with each other on an almost daily basis. Friendship is what bowls is all about.

The Bowls AGM will take place on the 26th August in the afternoon. TABS in thereafter. Our annual all day quadrangular against Killarney, Wingate Park and Old Eds is this year hosted by Wanderers on the 6th August. Brian Myers is the Liaison person with the competing clubs and the lists for selection will be on the board shortly. Tea, lunch and snacks after will be discussed together with Janis Fluxman and a fair charge will be made. It will be a great day and there will be no rain!!


Ronnie Herrmann
Wanderers Bowls Club