Gold beckons for SA bowling team


By Gert de Jager

The Protea bowling team’s hopes of winning gold medals in the Bowling World Championship tournament in Australia on Sunday look promising.

Gareth Rees-Gibbs and Deon van der Vyver will face Australia’s Damien Delgado and James Reynolds in the finals of the men’s pairs for physically disabled players after they won 12-9 against the team from Hong Kong today.

In the other battle for gold, Herman Scholtz and May Homer take on the Aussie pair of Jackie Hudson and Jake Fehlberg in the mixed pairs for visually impaired players. Scholtz eliminated England 17-8 today.

Colleen Piketh was beaten 21-11 by England’s Katherine Rednall in the women’s singles quarter-finals earlier today.

The four team of Anneke Snyman, Esme Kruger, Francesca Baleri and Khabelo Muvhango lost against New Zealand in their quarter-finals with 12-15 today. They were the only team to beat England 18-6 in their division earlier in the week. England are now through to the finals after the team defeated New Zealand in one of the semi-finals today.

Niksa Benguric and Wayne Rittmuller finished fourth in their division of the men’s pairs, where Scotland was in first place and Malaysia second. The teams from Australia and Ireland will battle it out here for the gold medal.

In the men’s triples division, the Protea team of Jason Evans, Victor Siphali and Bradley Robinson finished third in their division. In this division, the upset team from America was at the top of the standings and Ireland was second.

Alex Marshall’s Scots comfortably beat England 23-17 in one half of the three-legged tie, but not before the English gave them a good scare and were 9-0 ahead early on. The Aussies face the Scots in the final after they had too many shots for the Irish and were already 23-11 ahead at the 16th head.

The goddess of fortune was definitely on the side of the Aussie women’s foursome, because with the score at 12-0 for Scotland (after just three heads) and then 18-8 after 10 of the 15 heads, the Aussies were on the boards. Kelsey Cottrell and her Aussie Tigers trailed 12-18 with only two heads to play, but poor judgment by Caroline Brown and her teammates and good play by the Aussies brought the score to 18-18. Australia won the knockout and the Scots were defeated and defeated with the Australians through to the finals.

From Tuesday 5 September onwards, the other bowling disciplines will take place, namely the men’s singles and men’s fours, as well as the women’s pairs and women’s triples with the finals taking place on 9 and 10 September. Monday 4 September is a rest day.