THE Woods Bowls Club achieved a historic double in the All Cape tournament this year when their teams won the men’s and women’s titles.
Although played separately, both events took place in East London, with the men’s event being held last month and the Barbara Coetzee women’s team triumphant at the weekend.
This is the first time in the history of the tournament that teams from the same club have won the titles in the same year. Previously, the best efforts had been when club teams won the main championship title and a plate title.
Both The Woods men’s and women’s teams have won the All Cape before, but not in the same year.
At the weekend, Port Elizabeth teams were to the fore in the women’s event, with three sides contesting the championship semifinals. The Woods had two teams, skipped by Coetzee and Bev Treadway respectively, and they were joined by Olivia James’s PEBC combination.
The Woods teams faced each other in the last four – Coetzee won 29-11 – while the PEBC team went down 21-7 to Elna Davis’s George outfit in the other semi.
Davis had won the previous two All Cape titles, but Coetzee’s side seemed unperturbed at facing such experience and cruised to a 23-12 lead after 18 ends in the final.
However, the encounter underwent a swift transformation when Davis took the next two ends by seven and five shots respectively, meaning The Woods went into the last end one down.
The PE side held the shot when Davis played a running shot which did not work out, flicking the white to make it two shots, giving Coetzee a narrow 25-24 victory.
Yesterday, Coetzee did not seem too concerned about the change in fortunes when she reflected on the final.
“There were a few changes with a short end and the wind changed but we were holding shots on the last end so it wasn’t too bad.”
She said it had been another good competition, with strong opposition, even though several Cape Town clubs did not attend this year.
This week, Coetzee will be aiming to continue the momentum when her team attend the national championship in Johannesburg, starting on Saturday. There is only one change in the team, with the experienced Jen Cherry replacing Karen Korkie.
In the plate final, Lolly Reed’s Western Suburbs team lost to Kenton (Kate Beavis).
Last month, The Woods men’s team of Gary Vermaak, Hilton Cherry, Peter Blake and Dan Thysse won the All Cape by defeating East London side Typos 22-13 in the final.
The men’s plate event, contested by the runners-up in their respective sections, was won by the Port Alfred team skipped by Trevor Frost, defeating WPCC. – Neale Emslie