Reigning champs bury competition
Bowling aces Diana Viljoen and Will Esterhuizen once again underlined their class and stamped their consistency when they took the top honours at at this year’s edition.
The playing class formed part of the Namibian Nationals which are currently under-way in Windhoek and saw all top single players going head-to-head in a knock-out competition.
It was Viljoen’s third victory in a row at this prestigious event, while her national team compatriot Esterhuizen claimed his fourth title running.
Viljoen, who plays her trade at Rossmund Bowling Club (RBC) in Swakopmund, came up against Erna Muller (Windhoek Bowling Club) in her final.
Although Muller put up a brave fight, it was not enough to see off the reigning champion, with the game eventually ending with 21:4 in favour of Viljoen.
In the men’s final, Esterhuizen, member of the TransNamib Bowling Club (TNBC) had to deal with strong Corny Stam from Tsumeb Bowling Club (TBC) who had displayed some fine bowling throughout the competition.
After an even start, Esterhuizen continued to gain momentum and thereby increasing his lead continually. At the end, the national player took home a 21:10 win.
Meanwhile Esterhuizen will have a chance to win another gold medal when he and his partner Axel Krahnbuhl take on the father-son pair of Douw and Jurie Calits in the doubles final this weekend.
The Calits duo triumphed at the same event last year and it will be of interest if they can repeat a double against two of the country’s top players currently.
In the woman’s final Muller will have the chance to redeem herself when she and her team mate Heleen Rust come up against Bea Lambrech and Renette de Kock.