National Bowls Champs Set to Start

Namibian bowls players are waiting in anticipation for the annual Nationals Bowls Championships which kick-off on Saturday in Windhoek.

Unlike the local leagues, the contesting players will not go head-to-head in inter-club teams at the week-long tournament in the capital. This means that the participants make up their own squads, irrelevant of club affiliation.

There is, however, no change in terms of playing categories as the teams will fight for medals in the singles, pairs, trips and foursome divisions.

A special focus will once again be the “Champion of Champions” category where the top singles players will battle it out.

Last year, Will Esterhuizen from TransNamib Bowling Club (TNBC) and Diana Viljoen form the Swakopmund-based Rossmund Bowling Club (RBC) emerged victorious in the men and women’s “Champion of Champions” division respectively.

For Esterhuizen, who also came out on top in the regular singles division, it was the third victory in a row in this prestigious category.

Meanwhile Sheena du Toit form Eros Bowling Club (EBC) is the player to watch out for in the singles division after she took top honours last year by beating Marie van der Merwe (Windhoek Country Club) in a nail-baiting final.

The doubles title in the men’s competition was taken by the father-son combination of Douw and Jurie Calitz, while Heleen Rust and Erna Muller formed the most successful women’s pair.

Esterhuysen, Johan Jacobs and Otto Krauhenbul set the pace in the trips category. Amongst the female competitors, Jean Joubert, Sheena du Toit and Lesley Vermeulen were in a class of their own.

The four-man team of Tollie Cronje, Ewald Vermeulen, Piet Appollis and Axel Krauhenbul went all the way to lift the trophy in the foursome discipline of the championships.

Jean Joubert, Sheena du Toit, Lesley Vermeulen and Mandie Steenkamp accomplished this achievement in the women’s competition.

The tournament will begin with the men and women’s pair’s divisions on Saturday, 24 May at the Eros Bowling Club and the Windhoek Country Club (WCC).

The games will continue throughout the week and come to a conclusion with the finals taking place at the TransNamib Bowling Club on May 31.

Source : The Namibian