Namibian bowling team brings six medals home

18 Sep 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibian bowlers scooped six medals out of eight at the 2017 African States Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa last week.
Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated in the tournament that took place from 10 to 16 September. The countries competed in four disciplines - pairs, trips, fours and singles.
The Namibian team returned home with a bronze and silver medal for their overall performance. The women’s team finished as runner-up in their category, while the men’s team ended third overall.
South Africa won the overall men’s category, while Zimbabwe finished as runner-up.
In the female category South Africa finished first, while Kenya was third.
A statement availed to Nampa by the Namibia Bowling Association on Monday says Marietjie van den Bergh emerged as one of Namibia’s best female bowlers and the best singles player in Africa.
“Van den Bergh bagged a gold medal for Namibia in this discipline. She made short work of her opponents, losing only to Kenya, who eventually managed bronze,” reads the statement.
It adds that Van den Bergh and her pair’s partner, Anjuleen Viljoen, also won a gold medal while the women’s fours team, consisting of Lesley Vermeulen, Sheena du Toit, Amanda Steenkamp and Anjuleen Viljoen, walked away with a bronze medal.
“The men’s pairs discipline represented by Will Esterhuizen and Douw Calitz lost by one shot against South Africa but still retained the gold medal after winning all their other games at the competition.”
The men’s fours team flew the Namibian flag high by winning four of their six games to end with the silver medal behind Botswana with South Africa coming in third.
The women’s trips team (Lesley Vermeulen, Sheena du Toit and Amanda Steenkamp) ended fifth out of six countries. Malawi did not field a ladies’ team.
The men’s trips team, consisting of Graham Snyman, Piet Appollis and Axel Krahenbuhl also finished in fifth place out of seven countries.
Namibia’s men’s singles player, Douw Calitz, won four of his six games and brought home a bronze medal, finishing behind South Africa (gold) and Zimbabwe (silver).