Jannie de Beer of Centurion Bowling Club in Gauteng North has proved that she is still one of the best women bowlers in South Africa when she won the Women’s Singles National Championships in Durban last week.
She beat the much younger Leone du Rand of Pretoria High School Old Boys Club (Gauteng North), also an international player who represented South Africa as recently as in 2006.
A moderate crowd attended the finals on Saturday, and they were kept nailed to their seats while the Sharks were busy beating the Blues not far away from where the SA Eagle Women’s Bowls Nationals were being played.
Jannie de Beer was also involved in the finals of the Fours, the play-off of the Trips, as well as the semi-finals of the Singles, which were all played on the same day.
She played no less than 20 games during the week of the SA Nationals to ultimately be crowned as the South African Women’s Singles Champion of 2007, a title which she can add to her already impressive number of titles achieved over the years.
The last national title that she won was Gold in the SA Senior Masters during 2005.
The Trips were dominated by clubs from Kingfisher District (Lower KwaZulu-Natal South Coast), with teams from Amanzimtoti winning Gold, Port Shepstone CC winning Silver, and Scottburgh winning the Bronze medal.
The final of the Fours was won by a team of Lahee Park (Port Natal) skipped by a former Springbok bowler, Colleen Grondein who narrowly beat the strong team of Centurion in a match that could have gone any way.
Gold – Jannie de Beer (Centurion, Gauteng North)
Silver – Leone du Rand (Phsob, Gauteng North)
Bronze – Flo George (Constantia, Western Province)
Gold – Amanzimtoti (Kingfisher): M van der Poel, C Inglis & V Armitage
Silver – Port Shepstone CC (Kingfisher): K Stander, D Westerveld & P Keyser
Bronze – Scottburgh (Kingfisher): A Jenkins, L James & J Saunders
Gold – Lahee Park (Port Natal): C Grondein, W Armitage, V McKay & L Hilton
Silver – Centurion (Gauteng North): L Victor, J De Beer, J Bernard & Y Clausen
Bronze – Iscor (Sedibeng): M van der Walt, E Maartens, A Nel & K Hattingh
Overall Club Winners:
Gold- Centurion (Gauteng North)
Silver – Lahee Park (Port Natal)
Bronze – Durban Collegians (Port Natal)
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