Lawn Bowls / Atlantic Tournament / Israelis Still in Hunt to Qualify for 2012

Israel's bowlers are holding their own in the Atlantic tournament in Johannesburg, which will determine the nations to qualify for the World Bowls Championships in 2012. Both Israel's womens teams have qualified for the knock-out rounds, as have the men's pairs.

The tournament started off with the preliminary round-robin playoffs in the pairs and triples for both men and women. With the players divided into two sections, the top four in each section qualify to proceed to the knockout playoffs.

Final rounds are being played today, and Boaz Marcus and Alan Saitowitz in the pairs have already qualified for the knockout rounds. They won three games, peeled one and lost three.

The men's triples team of Yair Bekier, Colin Silberstein and Haviv Takin has won three of its six games, but must still face Canada. On shot difference they are in the third log slot, sharing equal points with Namibia, Canada, Guernsey and the Netherlands.

For the women, Ruthie Gilor and Irit Grencel are topping their log section, having won three of their four games including a big victory against Scotland's Margaret Letham. Having defeated Portugal yesterday and with one remaining gam against Cyprus, they have already qualified for the knockout rounds.

In the triples, Tami Kamzel, Edna Zomberg and Tzila Gavish are in fourth log slot, having started off with two excellent wins against South Africa and Wales. They then followed with a defeat against Namibia and a one-shot loss to Spain. The trio still have to play Brazil and the Netherlands, and are logged together with Spain and Namibia for the qualifying slots .