The World Singles Champion of Champion event kicked off at Club Helensvale on the Gold Coast of Australia last week, with Namibia’s hopes resting on the shoulders of Will Esterhuizen and Marietjie van der Bergh. The men’s field features 22 players, while 19 will line up in the women’s event this week
Marietjie kicked off her campaign with a win against Ireland’s Bernadette O’Neill 8-5 6-10 5-2.
Will had a first round bye. Malaysia’s Fairul Muin defeated Namibia’s Will Esterhuizen 9-8 11-4.
Marietjie defeated Canada’s Jean Roney 7-5 4-11 2-1.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS SINGLES OVERALL RESULTS
Men: Sec.1: Rd.1: Scott Thulborn (Aus) bt Alex Barkley (Zam) 11-5 17-4, Russell Forsyth (Jpn) bt Waisea Senibic.
Results after Day 2
Marietjie defeated Tokorangi Tangata Mouauri from Cook Islands 12-6 8-7.
Will recorded a good win over Zimbabwe’s Terry Bowes 15-1 12-4.
Marietjie defeated Dorothy Yu of Hong Kong China in a nail-biter 9-3 8-11 2-1.
Will defeated Norfolk Island’s Ryan Dixon 8-7 7-7.
Results after Day 3
Will Esterhuizen narrowly lost to Ireland’s Neil Mulholland 7-11, 9-7, 2-3.
Marietjie van der Bergh remained third in her section with a win against Pauline Lekone from Botswan 10-7, 14-2.
Play is done for the day. Will has five games remaining. Marietjie has three more games with two big clashes against Scotland and New Zealand who are as it stands second and first in the section.
Lawn Bowls Development at the Coast
Although often perceived as a sport for older adults, thousands of junior athletes participate in lawn bowls each year throughout the world. With this in mind, and the lack of development we have in the sport in Namibia, Jean Viljoen (vice-president of the Namibian Bowling Association) with the help of Steven Peake (Namibian national player) and Avril Kotze (veteran) took on the challenge to host a fun day for the development of the sport.
With the appeal growing, we’re likely to see more in the future. Case in point, current junior bowler Cabous Olivier, 16 years old, was just inducted into the national side. There is a mixture of dedicated junior competitions and mainstream lawn bowls competitions, which include junior athletes during the lawn bowls season. If you would like to become involved, whether you are five years old or 55 years old, contact the Namibia Bowling Association – 081 292 2476.
National team on their way to Cyprus for Atlantic Championship
The Atlantic Bowls Championships takes place in Paphos, Cyprus, between November 30 and December 13. This year has an added pressure for all players as this is a ‘must win’ championship in order to qualify for the World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The teams read as follows:
Manager and Coach – Sandy Joubert
Sheena du Toit
Renetta de Kock
Manager – Bea LAmpbrech