Young bowling team in SA

Four young and very promising lawn bowlers represented Namibia against 33 from provinces from all over South Africa at the under 20 bowls Tournament hosted by Bowls South Africa in Bloemfontein.

The Namibian team member were 14-year-old Ronan Olivier a learner at Walvis Bay Private High School and bowler from Namib Park Bowling Club in Walvis Bay is playing bowls for about 4 years and last year he was on the winning team at the under 20 championships as he represented the Free State at the same tournament.
Ronan the younger brother of Cabous Olivier who has represented Namibia in the past and will do so again in May when the National team travels to Cardiff, Wales, to participate in the Atlantic championships.
AJ Vissera16 years old also from Walvis Bay Private High School and a bowler from Namib Park Bowling Club in Walvis Bay is been playing bowls for 3 years.
The youngest player in the team was Ané Olivier, only 12 years old and is been playing for a year. She says she likes to stay active and also does karate for which she was awarded National colours in 2017.
Lesley Vermeulen, who has played for Namibia on numerous occasions, accompany the under 20 team as the team manager.
JP Fouche who incidentally is also Ané’s coach and the oldest player in the team at the age of 17 from the Eros Bowling Club in Windhoek is been playing bowls for 5 years and is a fully qualified coach. He states that bowls is very sociable, fun, addictive as well as competitive and requires significant concentration.
Teams were divided into six divisions, with Namibia competing against WP-A, Ekurhuleni-B, Border-B, King Fisher-B and the South Free State B. The King Fisher team is from the Natal south coast. The teams packed each other on a league base so the players had to keep their concentration, as each game rolled ten times to each side of the track.
On day one Namibia was unbeaten after four games, but on the second day things weren’t going to make the young players quite fluent. The team won their first match and draws equally in the second, but has to bend the rest of the day.
The Namibians regained their better game and won two games on the third day but it was unfortunately too late for the youngsters to avert the onslaught of the South Africans. They end with 19 points out of 115 shots and stands 68 and third in their division and just miss an outing to the knockout phase.

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