Kowie Bowls Club

What happened to the Kowie Bowls teams on Sunday can only be described as “THE GREAT ESCAPE”

Playing against Grahamstown in the first round of the Eastern Areas Men’s “A” league the two Kowie teams pulled off a coup when contemplating a rather ignominious defeat. In the morning honours were even with Jacques Krige’s team winning while Stephen Minnaar’s team lost by enough for Kowie to concede the bonus point. In the afternoon Jacques was 13-5 up only to fritter it away to a 17- 16 deficit close to the 18th end. Stephen meanwhile had steadily conceded points to be 10 shots down midway in the game. Both rallied to be just on the positive side playing the last. Stephen sealed it by trailing the jack for a 4 with his last bowl whilst Jacques saw the opposition lying 5 and game when he had to play. Delivering, probably, the best shot of the day he got second shot and game. Our “B” league teams, playing against Kenton, ended in the middle with Eric Kent’s team winning both and Mike Tomlinson’s team losing both.


Tuesday’s Spar voucher competition yielded mixed results. Many of the games were separated by only one point but then Keith Kolesky, Brian Burger, and Des Kahn ran riot towards the end of their game and ended with an obscene 8 plus 17.

On Wednesday Kowie welcomed the Eastern Province Greens Committee on their annual visit to inspect their greens. It has been heavy weather for the greens recently so they could probably have been excused if they showed some wear.

The Men’s Senior Singles was a story of two phases with Mike Tomlinson initially building up a substantial lead against Jacques Krige and then the rain came and Jacques not only came abreast of Mike but continued to pull away and win the Men’s Senior Singles – well done Jacques

The Ladies Singles appears to be jinxed by the weather which also put paid to the Night Bowls on Friday.

In the 1990’s we had Boet and Swaer to entertain us with their verbal exchanges. Now, 20 years later we have Mutt and Jeff at the club. These two gentlemen are the “Mr Fix-its” and are often seen in and outside the clubhouse fixing things. Their more recent efforts being putting shade-shelters over some of the benches are sincerely appreciated by the members. It is, however, the discourse between them which is worthy of anything said by “Boet and Swaer”. When called upon to plan a job this contemplative phase might be very protracted – akin to a “volkskongres – a little bit of genuine information and nonsense. As the work goes on we are treated to a series of anecdotes of past experiences going back many years and on completion we would listen to advice reminiscent of Polonius’ “chat” with Laertes (Hamlet) – to Bob Ford and Ronnie Smith our sincere thanks for what you are doing for the club and please provide seats for when you do the next benches so that more members can hear these little verbal gems.

With four teams playing in the Albany GBS our field on Saturday was surprisingly large. Jonine MacFarlane, Bugs Wilmot and Des Kahn will be enjoying a meal at Ocean Basket.

Duties for next week 26th are – Tony Brown- Rolling: Stan Richter and Dave Tyrell – Marking: Lynn Kolesky – Tabs: and Dave and Marge Thomas – Bar

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