Bowls tournament turns 41

2011-05-21 00:00

FORTY-ONE years ago Moth Len Smith and a few of his comrades in Pretoria came up with the idea of promoting the Three Ideals of Mothdom through bowls, and so in 1971 the first Moth National bowls tournament was held with 114 teams entered. By 1978 there were 384 teams competing for the championships.

This year the Allan Wilson Shellhole will be hosting the 41st Tournament and this will be the fifth occasion that Allan Wilson Shellhole has hosted the event. Even though the numbers are down — averaging around 56 teams per tournament — a great week of true comradeship, mutual help and sound memory will prevail.

Allan Wilson Shellhole was founded on March 27, 1928 and is one of the few fully owned Shellholes as well as the largest and one of the oldest in the world. Owning its premises on 5 Alan Paton Avenue, it was named after Major Allan Wilson, from the notorious Shangani Patrol, who commanded the Victoria Rangers during the 1893 and 1896 Lobengula rebellion against the settlers. Those few that founded Allan Wilson Shellhole decided that the name of a hero of Africa would be the appropriate choice.

The tournament will be officially opened tomorrow at 3 pm and the competition begins from Monday through to the finals being played on Friday at 1 pm with prize giving being held directly after the final.

The semi-finals and final will be played at Allan Wilson Bowling Club.

The following clubs will be hosting the competition: Allan Wilson Bowling Club, Collegians Bowling Club and Lynwood Bowling Club. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

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