South Coast to host U25 Inter Provincial Bowls Tournament

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The Kingfisher Bowling Association will be hosting the Under-25 Inter Provincial Tournament at Margate Bowling Club from 1-4 April.

There will be 16 men’s and women’s teams involved from all over South Africa, with all participants being under the age of 25, competing for very prestigious national medals.

Says CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism Justin Mackrory: “So who said bowls is just old man’s marbles? Here is to a new generation of highly skilled bowlers and we wish all the participants the best of luck and that all the families and friends [and] spectators [have] a wonderful time.”

Mackrory continues: “We welcome such sports initiatives as this and to this end are encouraging all forms of sporting codes to make use of the superb, diverse sporting facilities we offer on the coast and in the hinterland.

“We will also be hosting the SA Women’s Golf Championships this year, the Africa Expedition 500 Series as we are the SA Schools Netball competition, with more in the pipeline including international sporting events.

“What also works so well in our favour is our 365-day a year excellent weather that makes it so feasible to run these competitions on the South Coast. And in addition, with CemAir now flying direct from OR Tambo to Margate, the coast has become so much more accessible.

“Furthermore, we would love to establish a popular bowls festival permanently on the South Coast going forward and welcome any input in this regard.”

This tournament is held under the auspices of Bowls South Africa and sponsored by Warwick Wealth. Incidentally, Margate Bowling Club is only one of the 15 bowling clubs in this area, just further proving the popularity of this old-age sport.

As a point of interest, according to Wikipedia, today the sport of bowling is enjoyed by 95-million people in more than 90 countries worldwide.

The earliest most primitive forms of bowling can be dated back to Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. From records and artefacts in ancient Egypt, going back 3000–5000 years ago, remnants of bowls used at the time were found. Balls, made of husks of corn, covered in material such as leather, and bound with string were made.

For further information, contact: kingfisherbowls@telkomsa.net or Carol McCullin on 039 315 5827.

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