National teams prepare for African States Bowls
With the likes of Jean Viljoen, Ewald Vermeulen, Will Esterhuizen and Graham Snyman, the Namibian men’s team will have every reason to believe that they can improve on the second place at the last African States Tournament and this time, with home advantage in their favour, win the prestigious event. Newcomer Axel Krahnbuhl is the only player on the local team sheet without international experience. Yet, the 30 year old showed why he is on of the country’s best by winning the Namibian closed singles competition two weeks ago. This obviously gave him a great confidence boost ahead of his first competition in Namibian colours.
The women’s team, represented by Diana Viljoen, Johanna Du Preez, Mariê van der Merwe, Sheena Du Toit and Charlotte Morland, will, thanks to years of combined experience, fancy their chances for a podium spot after they failed to do so at the last event. Especially Viljoen, 41 years old, looks set to give the opposition a good run for their money after having won the women’s division closed singles competition.
The ladies team is highly motivated to finish as one of the best two teams in the competition, as this will guarantee them qualification for next year’s Commonwealth Games. The Namibian men’s team is under less pressure, as they have already secured their spot for Glasgow 2014.
For this year’s competition, the South African team is once again the favourite for the overall win. The Namibian team will however try and gain full advantage of their home ground advantage, challenging their counterparts for the gold medal.
The Namibian men’s team is already qualified for next year’s Commonwealth Games. In the ladies category Namibia however still has to qualify and with the AST as qualification event, Namibia’s ladies have to finish in the top two in order to secure their ticket to Glasgow 2014.
The ladies team consist of Women Mariê Annette van der Merwe, Sheena du Toit, Charlotte Morland, Johanna Maria du Preez, Daina Viljoen and Manager: Bea Lamprech.
The men’ team is made up of Jean Viljoen, Ewald Frank Vermeulen, Willem Erasmus Esterhuizen, Axel , Graham Snyman and Manager: Tollie Cronje.