Namibia Third At African States Tournament

Namibia finished third overall at the African States Bowls Tournament which recently took place in Jwaneng, Botswana.

South Africa reinforced their status as the continent’s top team by winning five of the eight gold medals, and eight of the 24 total medals on offer.

Zimbabwe came second overall with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals, while Namibia came third with one gold and three bronze medals.

Namibia came fourth in the men’s category and third in the women’s category.

Namibia’s top performance came from Will Esterhuizen and Douw Calitz who won gold in the Men’s Pairs category.

The pair, who just missed out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games after losing the bronze medal playoff match against England, were once again in great form, winning seven of their eight matches.

Their only defeat came against Zambia 17-13, while they beat the favourites South Africa, 16-14 and Zimbabwe 21-17. Namibia won the Men’s Pairs category with 12 points, followed by South Africa on nine points and Zimbabwe and Kenya on eight points each.

The Namibian Women’s Pairs team of Lesley Vermeulen and Marietjie du Preez won a bronze medal with eight points, finishing behind South Africa (12 points) and Botswana (10). They won four of their six matches, with their two defeats coming against South Africa and Botswana.

The Women’s Fours team and the Men’s Fours team won Namibia’s two remaining bronze medals.

The women’s team of Diana Viljoen, Sheena du Toit, Lesley Vermuelen and Anjuleen Viljoen narrowly missed out on a silver medal, after finishing on eight points along with Zimbabwe, but with an inferior shot difference. South Africa won gold with 12 points.

Namibia’s Men’s Fours team of Will Esterhuizen, Douw Calitz, Steven Peake and Axel Krahenbuhl were also unlucky to miss out on a silver medal as they were pipped by South Africa on shot difference.

Zimbabwe won gold with 12 points, while South Africa, Namibia and Kenya all finished on 10 points. South Africa however claimed silver with a shot difference of 85 compared to Namibia’s shot difference of 61 and Kenya’s of 16.

“We did very well. Unfortunately the green was not as smooth as we are used to, so it made life a bit difficult for us. The heat was also tremendous, reaching 35 degrees Celsius at times,” Lesley Vermeulen said.

Source : The Namibian