SA dominates pairs and triples events

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Louise Larkin secured a gold medal in the ladies pairs category with her partner Bronwyn Webber.

WINDHOEK – South Africa demonstrated why they are the best bowls playing nation on the African continent when their men and women’s teams clinched gold medals in the pairs and triples events respectively in the African States Tournament (AST) underway in Windhoek yesterday.

After the men from the Cape of Good Hope  successfully triumphed over their opposition on Wednesday afternoon, their female team mates demonstrated their gold medal pedigree in perfect style yesterday morning in the pairs event. In the triples discipline, the South African ladies had already won before the last round.

 

Results in last round and final standing of women’s pairs division:

South Africa – Zimbabwe   25:12

Namibia – Kenya                38:07

Botswana – Zambia            11:22

 

                               Points         Shot difference

  1. South Africa      10                 72
  2. Zimbabwe          8                 51
  3. Zambia               6                   6
  4. Botswana           4               -12
  5. Namibia              2                 -5
  6. Kenya                 0             -112

 

Results in last round and final standing in women’s triples division:

South Africa – Zimbabwe   14:21

Namibia – Kenya                10:18

Botswana – Zambia            11:28

 

Points           Shot Difference

1. South Africa                   8                   65

2. Zambia                          6                   36

3. Zimbabwe                      6                   -4

4. Kenya                            4                 -20

5. Botswana                       4                 -35

6. Namibia                         2                 –42

 

Meanwhile, the Namibian men’s team showed great skill and character over the last three days to win silver medals in both the triples and pairs events. Although both teams lost their last games to South Africa, the hosts’ accumulated points in the previous games were enough to place them second.

In the pairs discipline, both Namibia and archrivals South Africa went into the last game equal on points. This game had to decide who would be crowned the champion of 2013. Both nations displayed world class bowls, giving the fans at the Eros Bowling Club exactly what they went to see. After a nerve-wracking game, Rudi Jacobs and Robert Donnelly from the Cape of Good Hope managed to edge out their Namibian counterparts Jean Viljoen and Will Esterhuizen by 20:12.

 

Results in last round and final standings of men’s pairs division:

South Africa – Namibia       20:12

Zimbabwe – Kenya            26:12

Botswana – Zambia            15:15

 

Meanwhile, the Namibian triples trio of Graham Snyman, Ewald Vermeulen and Axel Krahenbühl were under pressure in their final game after they had surprisingly lost to Kenya on Wednesday. A win would see them catch up with the first placed South Africans, where the shot difference would decide the overall winner.

At the same time Kenya had the same amount of points as Namibia, so the hosts had to count on Zimbabwe beating Kenya to avoid them going past Namibia in case they lost. Namibia eventually lost to South Africa by 22:12, but in an interesting and unexpected turn of events Zimbabwe narrowly defeated Kenya by 15:10. All three nations ended up with 8 points, Namibia only clinching the second place due to a better shot difference.

Results of the last round and final standings of the men’s triples division:

South Africa – Namibia 22:12

Zimbabwe – Kenya 15:10

Botswana – Zambia 18:16

Points           Shot difference

1. South Africa              12                             65

2. Namibia                      8                            64

3. Zimbabwe                   8                            35

4. Kenya                         8                            18

5. Botswana                    4                            -10

6. Zambia                       2                           -69

7. Malawi                        0                          -103

 

The Namibian men started their quest for medals in the singles and fours disciplines successfully yesterday morning at the Eros Bowls Club. The fours team of Graham Snyman, Ewald Vermeulen, Jean Viljoen and Axel Krahenbühl edged out Zimbabwe 21:14, while Will Esterhuizen narrowly overcame Zimbabwe’s Roy Garden with 21:19 in the singles event.

 

By Staff Reporter

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