A Boot Camp was held by Mpumalanga Bowls to teach, train and try to select two Under Twenty teams to represent Mpumalanga in Bloemfontein in April, at the Under Twenty Nationals.
“Nine youngsters from all over the Province congregated under the watchful eyes of Senior Coach, Jerry Gertzen, ably assisted by Bertie Erasmus, newly qualified coaches Annatjie Moller, Merle Joubert and Chris Colverd and some very patient parents. The weather was on the hot side of warm for the whole weekend, with hardly a cloud in sight, so plenty of liquid intake was the first thing which was very strongly emphasised to the six lads and three lasses taking part.” Chris Colverd said.
“We started with a refresher session on the very basics of the Game, “The Grip, Stance and Delivery”, quickly progressed through some now-familiar routines to test accuracy, weight control and concentration, before a lot of Bowls were played, both games between the youngsters themselves, under the watchful tutelage of the Mentors, and the most exhilarating part of the entire experience, some games between the candidates for the Under 20 Teams and the Teachers. The nine youngsters ranged in age from Michael Semple, who has just turned twelve to Dewald Ferreira a strapping nineteen-year-old.”
“Everyone showed immense dedication, drive and determination to succeed, and it was rewarding to see how quickly everyone learnt a new skill or corrected an old fault. To single anyone out would not be fair, but Marli Truter is just 14, and has been playing Lawn Bowls for just 2 weeks, and showed plenty of promise, as do all of these fantastic young players. Twelve-year-old Michael looked as though he had played for years,” Colverd continued.
“The future of our Sport in this part of South Africa is in very good hands, as we look forward to a practice match against Limpopo in Nelspruit in early February. And finally, many thanks to all those at Lydenburg Bowling Club for your wonderful hospitality, food and friendship!” Colverd concluded.
All information and photos supplied by Chris Colverd.