Work pressure means three of South Africa’s leading women stars will not be twinkling at the Warwick Wealth/Bowls SA Women’s National Bowls Championships (HQ at the Wanderers) in Johannesburg from May 17-25. Tracy-Lee Botha, Colleen Piketh and Esm├® Steyn (Linden CC), the Open Singles champion, all in the final 2014 Commonwealth Games squad, are absent.
But that does not men doom and gloom, for many of South Africa’s other female luminaries of the drawing game have entered and exciting fare is on the cards for spectators from 8.30am daily.
Says Bowls SA president, Allan Freeman: ÔÇ£We shall miss three of our brilliant and the youngest in Tracy at 25, women players, but I see evergreen Loraine Victor (Wingate Park, Gauteng North), the fours champion skip and her fellow Protea third, the young Esm├® Kruger, with Vicky Frost and Jean Erasmus, are defending; no doubt with a double on their minds.ÔÇØ
From Port Natal talented multi-discipline champion Jill Hackland (Umhlali CC) and fellow international Louise Larkin (RDLI), with Protea Bronwyn Webber at third, will grace the greens, but they can expect a torrid time from the Johannesburg Bowling Association Green and Gold brigade of Sharon Glenn (Bedfordview) also the singles silver medalist last year at Edenvale and Tracy Meyeridricks (Bryanston) the pairs champion skip.
From Ekurhuleni come dogged Ellie van Coller (Benoni CC) and dashing now retired bank manager Jenny Jones (Edenvale) the Senior Singles champion, to stir the mix; WP Protea Cheryl Cox will have a hot Edgemead side in action to boot.
It will be interesting to watch Sega Mokoto (SANDF) and her side in action ÔÇô a big step up for the Potchefstroom rising star.
In the singles, apart from the usual suspects, former SA Masters champion Louise Roediger (Strand) plus a host of other major titles will have her eyes fixed on a gold medal.