Namibian bowlers off to World Championships

The National Lawn Bowls team returned from Wales after a successful Atlantic championship where all the players qualified for next year’s World Bowls Championships to be played next June in Australia.

Namibia entered all eight disciplines: men’s fours, triples, pairs and singles; and Ladies’ fours, triples, pairs and singles.
The Men’s Trips team won bronze during the first week of the competition and the Men’s Fours team consisting of Willie Esterhuizen, Johan Jacobs, Piet Appollis and JP Fouche came third in their section and finished sixth overall out of 18 countries. In the Men’s Singles competition, Cabous Olivier narrowly missed the playoffs after coming fourth in his section. He won eight out of 11 games and eventually finished seventh out of 24 countries. The Women’s Pairs team consisting of Anjuleen Viljoen and Amanda Steenkamp finished sixth in their section after winning three, drawing two and losing three matches and thus finished 12th overall out of 18 countries. Namibia’s Women’s Trips team of Diana Viljoen, Bianca Lewis and Elzaan de Vries fared a bit better to finish fourth in their section and eighth overall out of 21 countries. To qualify for participation at the World Bowls Championships, which will be played next June in Australia, teams had to finish in the top 12 positions in their discipline. This means Namibia qualified for all the disciplines they competed in: the men and women’s fours; trips, pairs and singles competition. Overall, across all disciplines the men’s team ended seventh out of 25 countries and the women came tenth out of 23 countries.

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