PRO10 FINALS - MTUNZINI
Great weather together with greens in excellent condition greeted the Twenty four bowlers who had made it to the finals of this year’s Pro 10 Tournament played at Mtunzini last weekend.
Hats off to Hi-Q who have undertaken to provide much needed sponsorship for three years and to
competition secretary, Yvonne Steenkamp, who ensured the smooth running of proceedings throughout the two days.
At the close of play on Saturday, with seven rounds having been completed, it was the Empangeni Bowling Club pairing of Brian Edwards and Casey Meyer who led the field after having accumulated 411 points
from seven unbeaten games.
They were, however, being hotly pursued by Alice and Ron Howe of Newcastle who despite having lost two games had finished the day on 396. Hovering in third place on 391 were Mike Bowman
and Cheryl Coetzee of the host club, Mtunzini.
The first round on Sunday saw both Edwards and Howe post convincing wins against Derek Swinton and Dion Dirksen and Errol Watkins and Dan Germishuyse respectively but Bowman lost ground when he was beaten by
Don Marshall and Ursula Mulder of Piet Retief. At this stage, things started going pear shaped for Edwards when he lost his last three games against Bowman, Dirk Norval and George Stewart and Colin Westhuizen
and Bruce Henley respectively.
Howe now seized the opportunity and after sharing a peeled game with Westhuizen went on to beat Norval and then Dion Leaity and Essel Schoeman. Bowman now made a late charge and
adding to his win against Edwards, he finished by adding the scalps of Mike Lovell and Helga Kauz and Shelagh White and Maritjie Grundlingh which was not quite enough to overtake Edwards.
The final top three scores were: Howe 620, Edwards 600, Bowman 599. The attitude of the players was best summed up by Alan and Beryl Lovell, who despite finishing in the tail gunners spot voted the tournament as
the most enjoyable they had ever been involved in.