All 10 SA Proteas named for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia in April take to the greens for the 2018 Warwick Wealth/Bowls South Africa SA Masters at Wingate CC, Pretoria, from Friday to Sunday.
The 10 are: Gerry Baker, Morgan Muvhango, Jason Evans, Rudi Jacobs, Pierre Breitenbach; Colleen Webb Piketh, Elma Davis, Esmé Kruger, Nici Neal and Anneke Snyman.
Eden’s Billy Radloff, a former silver medallist is back and joined by Francois Koen (Gauteng North), 2017 Junior Masters champion Wilson Malobolo (Sables), runner-up and Gold Squad member Stephan de Jager (Boland), Bradley Robinson (Natal Inland) the National Singles and African States double gold medallist Wayne Ritmuller (Port Natal) plus WP’s Joel Roëbert.
Mowbray Bowls Club’s Roëbert will be looking to grab this long-overdue opportunity after impressing at provincial level where he has picked up a number of titles across the different formats.
In the men’s event, eight faces change.
Evans defends, runner-up last year, Jacobs (NW), bronze medallists Baker (JBA) – a perennial podium man – and Brendon Ainley (NI), the latter substituting late and shining, classy Breitenbach (NW) the 2016 champion, George Lotter (NW), Martin Lewis (JBA), pin-up star Thinus Oelefse (Ekurhuleni) and SA pairs and fours medallist Muvhango (Sables) all return.
In the women’s event champion Webb Piketh – to represent SA in Australia at the World Singles with Breitenbach – looks hard to oppose.
Back are Piketh, Davis, Protea Esmé Haley, 2017 silver medallist Jacqui Janse van Rensburg (JBA), Neal, her district pal Susan Nel a two-time winner, Boland’s Snyman, Sue Tarr (Gauteng N) and Maggie Zyl (WP) plus Linda Stringer (WP).
Also back is triple champion Tracy-Lee Botha (JBA), Leone du Rand (Gauteng N), Charlotte Rossouw (Gauteng N) and up is Roxanne Tingle (JBA) the 2017 junior champion.
Organisation will be top class under the watchful eyes of convenor Sanette Kritzinger, Elbert Broer, Francois Schute, Joy Slotow and Len Carver. The greens will be excellent and entry/parking is free; action from 8.30am daily.
Picture of Webb Piketh in action courtesy of Paul Gilham/Getty Images