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Ace Colleen crashes out of singles at nationals

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01:  Colleen Piketh of South Africa bowls during the Women's Pairs Final against Jamie-Lea Winch and Natalie Melmore of England at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Colleen Piketh, South African Protea women bowler heroine at Commonwealth Games, World Bowls as well as on the domestic scene, dramatically crashed out of the singles at the Warwick Wealth/South African Bowling Association National Women’s Singles Championship this week.
The Johannesburg star won only one of three games in her sub-section and offered no excuses. Top sportswomen that she is, Piketh praised her opponents, rather than blaming a dip in her own form.
Elsewhere most of the internationals fulfilled their first objective and threw up some tasty first-round play-off clashes,
Holder Nici Neal (Sables) won through as did SA’s brilliant Tracey-Lee Botha; the Masters champion showing fine form. Corrie Breitenbach (NW) and former champions Esmé Haley (JBA) and Trish Young (WP) are through, as is Esmé Kruger of Gauteng N).
Exciting Rene Swanepoel (WP) meets JBA’s Tracy Meyeridricks; dashing Rika Lynn (Sables), Theuna Grobler (WP) survived as did former Masters winner Leonie du Rand (Gauteng N).
Two big games are a clash between “local” favourites when U-23 star Dezi Rosenblatt (EP) – who put veteran Jill Hackland, a former champion – meets the in-form Elma Davis (Eden).
The fours singles, pairs and senior singles continue until Sunday.


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