Province rule the greens

THE Western Province men and the Eastern Gauteng women took the honours at Bowls SA's week-long under-25 and under-19 inter-district development tournaments played simultaneously in George.

THE Western Province men and the Eastern Gauteng women took the honours at Bowls SA's week-long under-25 and under-19 inter-district development tournaments played simultaneously in George.

WP A won the U-25 men's event, matched by their U-19 counterparts, while Eastern Gauteng's U-25 side won on shot difference from Central Gauteng's powerful side.

Brilliant is the only word that comes to mind to describe WP's men's U-25 and U-19 development sides' performances. The U-25 A side played superbly throughout, won their section, then destroyed a competent Gauteng North quartet 23-6, defying a 50kmh berg wind in the process.

The U-19 A team won gold for a third time in four starts, beating Boland 13-11 in their playoff.

The event, played on greens in George, at Outeniqua and at Groot Brak Rivier, was superbly organised by Southern Cape's Koos Louw and an excellent committee.

Results: Under-25: Gold medal: WP A (W Esterhuizen, E Ferreira, L-A Arnolds, M Soji, manager: N Ferreira) 23, Gauteng N (J Alberts, T Van Veenhuizen, C Schmidt, B Muth, manager: H Smith) 6 (15 ends); U-19: WP A (C Grootboom, D Griebenauw, C Tarentaal, W Viljoen, manager: P Cohen) 13, Boland A (R Campher, E Fourie, W Taylor, N Hattingh, manager: L Meyer) 11. Women: Eastern Gauteng (R Tingle, T Williams, S Jordaan, L Strachan, manager: J Knell) +142 shots, 24pts, Central Gauteng (T Botha, A Parks, C Camara, B Nkumo, manager: S Upton) +103, 24pts; S Free State A (B Rossouw, N Spring, C Scholtz, J Theron, manager: A Wild) +75, 20. - Sapa

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