Saturday League is now underway for the 2016/2017 season.
Two men’s teams are in Premier League again.
We have entered 5 men’s league team’s with the E side comprising younger members, some as young as 12, after 2 rounds they are unbeaten!
Allan Gordon has ensured that the Development section is a great success by relegating himself to skip a side. What a man!
Bobby Donnelly is at present playing in a pair’s tournament in Hong Kong and we are sure that he will be successful. We did however miss him in league this past weekend.
Warwick Sagar is once again the men’s selection convenor aided by Bobby, Mike Bolel, Brian Myers and Terry Bulkin with Mike, Bobby and Warwick concentrating on A & B, Brian and Terry on C & D while Allan looks after E. Anne van Dijk chooses the Pennant side which is a mixed sex league.
Margaret Stoneham is convenor of the ladies and they are off to a promising start. Good to see Lynn Levin [with her smiling face] playing well.
Rose Wookey and Janis Fluxman are really strong, influential committee members, looking after all our affairs, with Janis having the portfolio and difficult job of ensuring the correct catering for league games.
We have a large representation of Wanderers Wednesday league entrants. This week we have 12 x 4’s games scheduled for Wanderer.
Tony Faulkner has been a great success as green’s supervisor and our 4 x greens are all looking in “almost“ perfect condition for this time of the year. Recently, Tony, Amos and Fana attended a JBA green keeper’s course. It will be most beneficial for all at the club as “Knowledge is Power”.
Terry Fry has been assisting the lady bowlers with coaching and has proved herself a worthy addition to the club.
Warwick Sagar in Men’s Open singles, Stan Friedman in Senior singles, Dot Farquharson is ladies Open representative in the Champions of Champions to be played at Randburg on the3rd and 4th of December.
In the novices, Rochelle Grusin [ladies Novices] and Josh Wookey in the men’s will represent the club. Good Luck to all.
Rueben Kartun and his wife Carol passed away recently and we wish Rally and Margaret Kartun and family “long life“.
Stan Smollan was another bowler who left us recently and his passing is a great loss to all.
Good news just to hand is that Duanne Abrahams, Phil Brest and Greg Burns are through to the last 8 of the JBA Trips.
Des Day, a well-known District and Master bowler has also just joined Wanderers and we welcome him into our club. Long may you be a contented and happy member.
On the 26/11/2016, after the final league game for 2016, we are having our Bowl’s Braai. Once again, we are excited to announce the Master Braaier’s , Tony Faulkner and Charl Gussenhoven, will be in attendance. It is rumoured that Rose Wookey and Hayley Baumann are competing for the title.
Please let Janis Fluxman or Rose Wookey know as we have to order meat, dessert, rolls, etc. Last year we had 92 players, friends and family attend. It is R40 per head which includes salads, etc. but, unfortunately, no drinks!!!
Please attend, it commences at 18.30 and we do hope you will make a concerted effort to be there.
George Quinn is having a further procedure to his leg, Henry Ulfane has been laid low with problems in his back. Cecil Meyer has still not been able to bowl as he recovers slowly.
Sid Levitan has also tried to restart bowls after his prolonged absence. Glynn Ismay will have an operation on his wrist shortly as we do miss him at bowls.
Life is so short, illness can overtake us at any time, so, make the most of life and enjoy yourselves.
Chairman – Wanderers Bowls
Schoolboy’s Bowls Tour East London 2016
After a very successful tour to East London last year, a follow up tour was planned and took place between the 5th and 9th October 2016. It was hoped to take 3 teams this year, the two boy’s teams who participated last year, and a girls team, but that did not materialise due to lack of funds. Had it not been for the generous sponsorships from Bill Bowen, John Ledger and Chris Rodgers, we would probably only have taken 1 team.
Also, thanks must go to the parents who all raised R 500.00 per person, in the form of raffle ticket sales which helped to cover costs. Rose Wookey very kindly donated 3 printers which will be raffled at a date yet to be decided.
Ten boys, and two ‘supervisors’ left at 05h00 from the Randburg Bowls Club on Wednesday 5th October and arrived in King Williamstown just before 16h00 that afternoon. We were all staying in the Dale School Hostel and after unpacking we made our way to the King Williamstown Bowling Club for a practice and a braai.
Thursday 6th October was the start of the tournament. 10 sides had entered the competition, with the two extra boys from Johannesburg forming part of the Invitation side which had been entered to replace our third side which we had withdrawn. The format was that there were 3 games on day 1, 3 games on day 2, and 2 games on day 3. We had two teams, as did Dale and Cambridge so the organizers decided that the teams from the same club/school/etc., would not play against one another and that, should it be necessary, shot difference would decide the winner. Tea was provided after the first game and lunch after the second game.
The first day’s play was at King Williamstown Bowling Club, the second day was at Typos Bowling Club in East London, and the third at Comrades Bowling Club also in East London. The East London trip necessitated travelling as we stayed in King Williamstown. Breakfast was provided in the hostel each morning at 08h00 and we travelled to the venues at 08h30. Play started each day at 09h30 and each game was played over 10 ends.
Our A Team, comprising Christian Kerr, Rhett Austin, Tyler Boonzaier and Charl Potgieter lost only one game, to the Dale A side and eventually finished second overall.
Our B Team, comprising Josh Wookey, Liam Armstrong, Donald Fowler and Kyle Smith went through unbeaten and won the tournament – for the second year in a row. The Invitation Team in which Lethabo Mathibela and Xavian Kramer played every game,
eventually came fourth, beating the Dale A team in the last game on a measure.
One of the new teams in the tournament, Alphendale, only played on the Thursday.
There were apparently transport problems for the youngsters – whether this was because it was a working day, I am not sure, but a decision had to be taken regarding their continued participation. It was decided that, due to the uncertainty of whether they would make it later, or not at all, to withdraw them and expunge all results from matches already played. Other than that, the tournament was well organized and the standard of play was certainly at a higher level that experienced in 2015. In the speeches at the end of the tournament, the Dale manager thanked the Border Bowling Association for the sponsorship for the local bowlers which covered green fees, lunch, teas, and travelling costs. I embarrassingly couldn’t do the same – JBA contributed nothing.
We have committed to going back next year and hopefully three teams will be able to go.
We left early on the morning of 9th October and arrived at Randburg Bowls Club just before 16h00 that afternoon.
Once again, thanks to all who made the trip possible:
- Bill Bowen
- John Ledger
- Chris Rodgers
- All parents
The winning team of Donald Fowler, Liam Armstrong, Josh Wookey and Kyle Smith
The players who eventually finished the tournament – Alphendale unfortunately had to withdraw.
The two Joburg sides – Josh, Charl, Liam, Christian, Rhett, Donald, Tyler and Kyle in front. Next year no hats in the photo’s and we might see faces.
The Dale ‘A’ side who played against our winning ‘B’ side.
All the players before the start of Day 1.