Burkett highlights successful MBC run at SA Nationals
Neil Burkett was once again battling for top honours as he helped put the Mowbray name on the list of achievers at the SA National Championships.
The men’s event was hosted by Ekhurleni while the ladies championships was played at the same time in Port Elizabeth. Not only did Mowbray make up a large part of the WP Bowls contingent on duty at the showpiece events, the club name was in the spotlight with a number of great performances.
On Sunday, Burkett was up against Jason Evans, who knocked out our current A team skip Gareth Rosslee in the last 32, in the Open Singles semi-finals and pushed the current SA skip all the way to the bitter end.
Unfortunately, our star performer lost out 21-20 but was consoled by a bronze medal in the blue ribbon event.
In another MBC vs current Proteas battle, Claire Cowan produced a top game against Colleen Piketh in the last 8 of the Ladies Open Singles. On the day though, the Proteas ace had a little too much and went on to win 21-9. Before that, Sylvia Burns – another MBC player with a Springbok record behind her name – saw her good run in the Singles come to an end when she lost 21-15.
In the same event, Tilly Fernandes-Du Rand – no stranger to a great show at this event at the highest level – bowed out in the last 16 after losing 21-16 to local player Karen Korkie.
Current WP Pairs double defending champions Taz Bright and Sylvia Burns were beaten in the last 16 of the Pairs in yet another good showing for the club.
Top MBC achievements at the 2022 National Championships
Neil Burkett – Bronze (Open Singles)
Claire Cowan, Sylvia Burns – Last 8 (Open Singles)
Tilly Fernandes-Du Rand – Last 16 (Open Singles)
Bright/Burns – Last 16 (Open Pairs)
The club would like to congratulate all the players who participated in the event and at the same time, wishes all our players at the Bowls for the Disabled National Tournament the best for a good week. We look forward to attending plenty more honours to the board by the end of the month.