District pairs finals set for Saturday

2009-01-29 00:00

After a second weekend of exciting and tense bowls, the Natal Inland district pairs have both reached the final stage. The finals will both be played at Maritzburg Bowling Club on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s final will be between Sid Siebert and Terry Peate (Collegians) and Barry Earnshaw and Bob Squires (Wanderers). In the semi-final, Siebert beat Phillip Scholtz and Gary Voller (MBC), while Earnshaw beat Nigel Schofield and Dave Kay (MW).

The section winners were: section one, P. Scholtz and G. Voller (MBC); section two, N. Schofield and D. Kay (MW); section three, B. Earnshaw and B. Squires (WAN); section four, C. McDougall and S. Ainley (MW); section five, S. Siebert and T. Peate (Collegians); section six, H. Muller and K. Wood (MW); section seven, B. Thomas and L. MacKenzie (Wanderers); section eight, J. Stilwell and M. van Vuuren (EG).

The women’s final will be between Belinda and Debbie Nobin (AP), and Marinda Opperman and Val Hillier (MW). In the semi-final, Opperman beat Cynthia Wright and Barbra James (HWK), while Nobin beat Cynthia McDuling and Zelda Siebert (MW).

The Niba women’s interdistrict sides will be holding a fundraising sixes tournament at Maritzburg West on Sunday starting at 9 am. They have a full house of 18 teams and will be playing fours and pairs in the morning and trips in the afternoon.

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Bowls South Africa (BSA) has announced that it has become necessary to seriously address the issue seriously of smoking during BSA tournaments. BSA had previously requested that players refrain from smoking during play both on and off the green during national tournaments. Unfortunately, players have decided to test the system and, owing to their resistance, we are forced to implement penalties for non-compliance.

The government is continually putting pressure on BSA to eliminate smoking from bowls and to conform to government policy.

It has therefore been decided that the following penalty clause be included in the Conditions of Play.

The penalty for transgressing with the use of tobacco (smoking) will be as follows:

Upon the first offence, the technical official will issue a yellow card and record the player’s name and district. Upon the second offence by the same player, the technical official will issue a red card and the player will be prohibited from playing in the next round. The team will be allowed to use a reserve if registered, or draw a substitute if no reserve is registered. Should the same player commit a further offence, he or she will be banned from taking any further part in the tournament and also be suspended from playing any further BSA tournaments for one year. With BSA now having taken the lead, is it not time that all the districts and clubs follow suit and ban smoking during play as well?

The BSA executive has also decided to dispense with teas at all BSA tournaments. The only exception to this decision being the Warwick BSA Nationals where a tea may be provided between the first two games and a lunch between the second and third game. The cost of this tea is in addition to the compulsory green fee, which has now been levied at R10 per person per day for all BSA events.

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Kingfishers: the technical officials will be having a law refresher course at Uvongo Bowling Club on Monday. Confirm your attendance by phoning Bernie Wenzel at 039 314 4172.

The semi-finals and finals of the KBA men’s and women’s fours will be played at Uvongo Bowling Club on Sunday.

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