Bowlers have fun and support CANSA

Noordheuwel Bowling Club hosts fun day all in the name of fun and in support of CANSA.

Noordheuwel Bowling Club made the most of the public holiday on Monday, 10 August by hosting a fun day and in support of CANSA.

According to Jan Bester, president of the club, the day was about having fun and playing bowls. The men dressed like women and women like men to add to the fun. They also saw it as an opportunity to make a difference and decided to generate some funds to donate to CANSA West Rand.

“Under normal circumstances we would have a braai afterwards. Today, only club members were playing to observe the restrictions due to Covid-19. Fun days are usually open days when family and friends – non-bowlers – join us. We had as many as 80 players on one of the previous days.”

Play started at around 10am and ended just after noon. The draw was made randomly and they played pairs, two games of 11 ends. The winning team was Nico Hudson and Breggie O’Callaghan.

“The day was a huge success. The club members were eager to get out and spend some time in the sun. Unfortunately, we could only accommodate 48 players in order to adhere to the social-distancing restrictions.”

And what would a fun day be without prizes?

According to Jan, the day’s prizes were sponsored by a husband and wife couple of the club.

“There were a number of prizes – from fifth place to first place. And then there was the ‘booby prize’ for the team with the lowest scores. The prizes for the best-dressed players went to Colin Laubscher and Piet Taljaard – both men.”

Like many other sporting codes, bowls was not spared by Covid-19.

“The lockdown has had an enormous effect in the sense that nobody could play, therefore the club had no income from the green fees or the bar. And yet, the greens had to be maintained because no bowling club can afford to neglect its greens, which is one of the most prized assets of any bowling club.

“We had to implement a whole host of measures to meet the requirements Bowls SA had agreed with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), including temperature screening at arrival, keeping an attendance log, sanitizing hands and equipment, and many more.”

Asked what members can look forward to in the weeks to come, Jan said, “The club will continue to operate as we did pre-lockdown. We are fortunate to have a large core of eager and enthusiastic players that will carry the club through this challenging time. Next on the agenda is finalising the club competitions and then the district competitions.”