Harlequin Big 5 2019

And so we ended off another crazy busy and successful Big 5 tournament. Many people think the game is for old people and too serious (tsk)… Well, we can say with confidence – that is an old wives tale. Not only was the field flooded with current Protea players, the likes of Nici Neal, Colleen Piketh, Bridget Calitz, Anneke Snyman, Esme Kruger, Vicky Frost, to name a few and past Proteas, current top provincial players, men and ladies who have been around the block in bowls more than once. 

We are grateful for the interest and your continued support every year. We can’t do it without the players, sponsors, and organizers and to them all we are thankful. 😁 We are indebted to our sponsors: Merops Wedding & Conference Venue, Gc Swanepoel (Perfect Delivery) and Fidelity ADT!! Your presence and sponsorship mean the world to us. The Big 5 celebrated it’s 18th birthday this year, and carrying on with certain traditions, our honorable MC, Zeke Weaver was once again part of this magical experience. Zeke, we salute you, for your continued interest you show in the tournament, you certainly make the best of it. Thank you!! 

To the kitchen staff and organizers – you guys were amazing. Gerda Jordaan-van Zyl and Stephen O’Shea, leading the crew in the kitchen with Lesley Almac, Cathy Sirakis, Annaliese Demirzoglou, mamma B Brenda Mills Du Preez and Waka Labuschagne and our cleaning ladies, Rebecca and Kathrine, thank you! To Shonga Solutions, for sponsoring our beautiful shirts Stephen O Shea thank you, Irish. They are stunning!

To our greenkeepers, Justice and Vincent, under guidance of Bertus van Rensburg, thank you for getting up extra early and staying on extra late to pack everything up and to make everything run smoothly. Kea leboha banna!! Rune Steenkamp and Juan Opperman – running the bar and going the extra mile (up the road for ice) many times over, you guys outdid yourselves. I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone, the beers were always cold!! 🍻

Last but not least – my committee – THE QUIN CREW – Words cannot say how eternally grateful I am for your help, not only on the day, but the time we spent prepping, organizing, designing, meetings, etc to make it all be what it was on the weekend – FANTASTIC!! Charles Lamb, Mossie Tarr, Brendan, Trevor Sirakis doing the hard labour, setting up sorting all sorts etc. To Sue Tarr running around, driving everywhere to picks stuff up, making sure the inhouse is running smoothly. Liétte Jordaan van Zyl your IT skills, determination and strive for perfection, designing of the scorecards, going ‘green’ on the TV, social media updates, my wingman, thank you.

Ms. Moneybags Leone Du Rand – double-checking with Liette for the scores etc and making sure we didn’t go over the budget, which you did so well, thank you for making many things possible and always saying yes (within reason) 🤣 To our beautiful mother to be – photographer, Nadia Boshoff, thank you for the stunning pics. Great artwork and thank you for your time especially with the extra ‘load’ you have to carry around. 🥰

We look forward to the next one – The 2020 Big 5. Be sure not to miss out!! 


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