The ACCUMMULO HOLLAND QUALIFIER – Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th August 2016 – carried Prize Money totalling R24 000. Twenty four teams – with 5 bowlers in each team – were divided into 6 “Sections” who challenged each other over the two days for the top spots. The winners of the 2 final play-off games qualified for the Main Tournament:
First Place (Accumulo Lantern) – Bob Elliott’s “Mixed Bag” – with Albert Leicher, Lyn McKinnon, Ryan Nielson and Anton Vermeulen.
Second Place – Mike Herbert‘s “Boyo’s Beauties” – with Brandon Wysoke, Christopher Gau, Ashleigh Parks and Philip Bailey
Qualifier First Place Winners (Accumulo Lantern Trophy) Bob Elliott’s Team “Mixes Bag” – Albert Leicher , Bob Elliott , Lyn Mckinnon , Anton Vermeulen , Ryan Nielson with Accumulo Ladies (in pink)
Qualifier Second Place Winners – Mike – Herbert’s Team “Boyo’s Beauties“
Mike Herbert , Philip Bailey , Ashleigh Parks , Brandon Wyske , Christopher GauWith Accumulo Directors – Shaleen Endres , Philip Neville and Accumulo Ladies (in pink)
The ACCUMULO RAINBOW TRIPS (Saturday 27th/Sunday 28th August) – carried Prize Money totalling R42 000. The tournament was divided into two separate competitions, named after the Bedfordview greens – Oxford and Cambridge.The concept of bringing together these three “groups” of bowlers – Disabled or Visually Impaired, Young and/or Players of Colour, and Able-Bodied – was received with overwhelming enthusiasm by all who participated. The positive feedback received illustrates the immeasurable value of such an initiative, and is a sentiment we hope is shared by ALL bowlers across South Africa.
Rainbow Trips :First Place Winners-Oxford Competition Annetjie Meyer , Shaleen , Connie Dubula , Andy Smith
Rainbow Trips : Second Place Winners -Oxford Competition Craig Silk , Billie Pretorius , Ashleigh Silk with Shaleen Enders
Rainbow Trips :First Place Winners – Cambridge Competition Pietro Calicchio , Sharon Sheer , Shaleen Endres , Morgan Muvhango
RainBow Trips : Second Place Winners – Cambridge Competition Shaleen Enders with Lynda May , Jarid James , Martin Head
RainBow Trips : Third Place Winners – Cambridge Competition Shaleen Enders with Tobie Botha , Esm’e Kruger , Abram Masemola
Group Photo – Desire Levin surrounded by a truly magic “Rainbow Mix”
Friday 19th / Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st August 2016 – carried a First Prize of R75 000. Top bowlers from across South Africa – including Proteas, National and District bowlers – were once again invited to enter a team to compete for the four top spots, with an overall Prize Money of R190 000 up for grabs – the highest ever prize money awarded for bowls in South Africa!
First Place (Accumulo Cup) – Rudi Jacobs’ “Yesterday’s Heroes” – with Will Esterhuizen, Pierre Breytenbach, Tracy Jacobs and Henk Prinsloo.
Second Place (Accumulo Plate) – Colleen Piketh’s “The Bulls” – with Rika Lynn, Sandra van der Merwe, Pedrie de Villiers and Brenda Webb.
Third Place (Accumulo Bowl) – Robin Ashby’s “Team Ashby” – Cecil Bornman, André Roussouw, Thomas Minnie and Colleen Fraser.
Fourth Place (Accumulo Shield) – Neels Kotze’s “Ons Gaan Nou Braai” – with Theo van der Walt, Anita Groenewald, Francois Koen and Tony van der Poel.
What made the “new-look” Accumulo Bowls Festival so special this year, was the addition of the Accumulo Rainbow Trips – previously hosted by Lombardy Bowls Club. This unique tournament focuses on promoting not only the country’s amazingly talented Disabled Bowlers – be they visually impaired or physically disabled – but also our young, up-and-coming bowls enthusiasts and players of colour. A truly “Rainbow” mix of gender and colour from all walks of life – ranging in age from 11 to 95 and with varying levels of skill and ability. A total of 144 bowlers – drawn from most, if not all, Provinces – took part over both days.
Bowls Challenge : Winners of the Accumulo Cup-Rudi Jacob’s Team“Yesterday’s Heroes” with Accumulo Directors,Roland Hide and Shaleen Endres”
Bowls Challenge : Winners of Accumulo Plate – Colleen Piketh’s Team “The Bulls” with Accumulo Directors ,Roland Hide and Shaleen Enders
Bowls Challenge :Winners of the Accumulo Bowls-Robin Ahby’s Team “Ashby” with Accumulo Directors,Roland Hide and Shaleen Enders
Bowls Challenge : Winners of the Accumulo Shield – Neel Kotze’s Team “Ons Gaan Nou Braai ” with Accumulo Directors ,Roland Hide and Shaleen Enders
Febe Meyer – Marketing Manager, Pink Drive – receiving a Cheque for R801 210 from Accumulo Directors, Shaleen Endres and Roland Hide
2016 ACCUMULO BOWLS FESTIVAL
- The ACCUMMULO HOLLAND QUALIFIER – Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th August 2016 – carried Prize Money totalling R24 000. Twenty four teams – with 5 bowlers in each team – were divided into 6 “Sections” who challenged each other over the two days for the top spots. The winners of the 2 final play-off games qualified for the Main Tournament:
- First Place (Accumulo Lantern) – Bob Elliott’s “Mixed Bag” – with Albert Leicher, Lyn McKinnon, Ryan Nielson and Anton Vermeulen.
- Second Place – Mike Herbert‘s “Boyo’s Beauties” – with Brandon Wysoke, Christopher Gau, Ashleigh Parks and Philip Bailey
We were very fortunate to have the Commonwealth Bowls Gold medal winners open the fourth edition of the Accumulo Bowls Challenge. The format of the tournament was a repeat of last year with the teams being seeded and allocated to six sections of four teams. On the Friday each section participated in a round robin tournament basis. Based on the teams position it progressed to one of the Cup, Plate, Bowl or Shield Competitions. Each competition took place on the Saturday and Sunday with each team playing one another finally resulting in the winners. Total prize money this year was R150 000, with the winner of the Accumulo Bowls Challenge Cup Competition receiving R65 000!
The themes of the tournament were
- Friday 29 August Accumulo green day
- Saturday 30 August More Balls Than Most blue day
- Sunday 31 August Pink Drive pink day
All staff and bowlers wore the different coloured shirts on the respective days.
Our client base joined our fund raising initiative and with their support we raised a total of R300 210 for our cancer beneficiaries. That is R90 000 more than last year! So a huge thank you to everyone for their contributions, no matter how big or small, every donation helped. The Pink Drive, which is associated with breast cancer, while More Balls Than most with testicular and prostate cancer, will use this money to create awareness and to deliver a service to the rural community where alternatives are not available. Your donations will help save lives.
In addition we raised R133 732 for the Bedfordview Country Club Bowls Section and so would like to thank all our clients, staff and outsiders who made contributions to the sporting and financial success of the Accumulo Bowls Challenge.
Graeme Joffe acted as Master of Ceremonies at the prize giving and we thank him for his bubbly performance.
As the Accumulo Bowls Challenge has now become an invitation only tournament we created a tournament, Accumulo Corporate Challenge, which ran on 23 and 24 August 2014 and was only open to bowlers who had not received an invite to the main tournament. It carried prize money of R20 000.
The Tournament was formally opened by May Homer who had recently represented South Africa at the World Bowls Championship for partially sighted bowlers and returned with two gold medals.
A new format was introduced for this year’s event with all 24 sides being seeded and drawn into six sections of four teams each. Each team consisted of five players and each player had to play a minimum of 25 ends over the duration of the tournament in order that the side was not penalised by 20 points.
Each day had a specific colour theme and all players, officials, club and Accumulo staff wore sponsored shirts in terms of the colour scheme. In addition the jacks were also coloured for each day.
On Friday 30 August 2013 all participants wore Accumulo green shirts and each team played one another in its section for three rounds of games. This filtered the teams into four separate competitions, Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield, with separate trophies and prize money, with these played on the Saturday and Sunday. Friday was concluded with live entertainment and a personalised burger evening.
In parallel with the Accumulo Bowls Challenge we ran the second Accumulo Cancer Challenge and this year’s beneficiary charities were PinkDrive (identified with breast cancer) and More Balls Than Most (identified with prostate and testicular cancer). Part of our social awareness programme was to raise awareness of cancer, in particular breast, prostrate and testicular cancer and to raise as much funds as we could for this cause.
Accordingly on Saturday 31 August 2013 all participants wore blue sponsored shirts identifying with male cancers. The separate competitions, Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield all started with each competition having six competing teams and three rounds of games took place on Saturday. Live entertainment and food was provided for all in the evening.
On Sunday 1 September 2013 the day started bright and early with a Spring Day Breakfast, all bowlers, staff and family being invited. The final two rounds of the four competitions took place and all participants wore sponsored pink shirts representing female cancers. At the conclusion of play we had four completed leagues, and after all enjoying a superb full lunch prepared and served by the Accumulo staff the prize giving was held. R100 000 in prize money and five trophies were awarded to the various winners.
Accumulo Consulting are proud to have raised the sum of R210 210 for cancer and a cheque for this amount was handed over to PinkDrive / More Balls Than Most.
As with all previous tournaments we received remarkable sponsorship support from our clients, suppliers and staff and we thank them all for their generosity. Taking all funds raised and the value of sponsorship and prize money the Accumulo Bowls Challenge is now a R500 000 event.
We received tremendous sponsorship support from our clients and suppliers. Some sponsored cash to help with the costs of hosting the event, while others sponsored spot prizes or food items.
Others made donations to the CANSA Challenge included in the amount mentioned above.
The tournament was attended by 100 club players from the East Rand region. They formed 24 teams and competed over five rounds in the two days.
There were cash prizes for the top four teams: a first prize of R16 000.00, second of R8 000.00, while third, fourth and fifth prizes amounted to R5 000.00, R3 000.00 and R1 000.00 respectively.
The Accumulo CANSA Challenge added extra spice to the weekend. At the end of each round of the tournament a corner to corner competition took place with a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label being awarded to the winner.
Teams enjoyed wholesome lunches and refreshments between each round, while discussing strategy and sizing up their next opponents. Our own staff prepared the lunches in the club’s kitchens.
We’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to all the people involved in organising this year’s tournament. The following deserve special mention for their efforts:
- Bedfordview Bowls Club for allowing us to host this event
- The teams and players for playing so fairly
- The sponsors and donors for giving so generously
- Cooks and kitchen crew who made such yummy food
- Staff of Accumulo Consulting for all their efforts
- Other Accumulo staff who gave their time to either assist on the day or help with preparations beforehand
- The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
One of our company highlights this year was the opportunity to sponsor a Corporate day bowls tournament. The tournament was held on the 13 and 14th of August 2011 at the Bedfordview Bowls Club
The tournament was very well received and all the competitors had fun.
We had a wonderful time presenting this tournament and spending time with everyone involved and look forward to future events such as these.