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Mathewson duo back on top of the NC Bowls Mixed Pairs pile

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The formidable mother-and-son duo of CP and Annelie Mathewson once again showcased their exceptional skills, emerging as champions after a nail-biting final against Jan Erasmus and Caren vd Westhuizen from Sishen.

Seen from left are the Northern Cape Bowls Mixed Pairs winners: Annelie Mathewson, Braan van der Westhuizen (NC Bowls President), and CP Mathewson. Picture: Supplied

DESPITE cold and rainy weather, the Northern Cape Bowls Mixed Pairs play-offs played Sol Plaatje West End Bowls Club in Kimberley recently, providing a day of intense competition and high drama.

The event, despite the challenging weather, was a resounding success, thanks to the dedication of the players and the support of the local community.

It served as a reminder of the sport’s enduring appeal and the incredible talent within the Northern Cape bowls community.

The formidable mother-and-son duo of CP and Annelie Mathewson once again showcased their exceptional skills, emerging as champions after a nail-biting final against Jan Erasmus and Caren vd Westhuizen from Sishen.

The final was a spectacle of top-tier lawn bowls, with both teams demonstrating strategic prowess and technical precision. The match remained deadlocked after 19 ends, a testament to how evenly matched the finalists were.

However, the Mathewsons’ vast experience helped them to keep calm under pressure, and this experience came to the fore in the crucial moments. They scored on both of the final two ends, clinching the victory and securing their place as the Northern Cape Bowls Mixed Pairs champions.

CP Mathewson spoke to the DFA and told of the immense privilege he felt in winning the pairs competition with his mother, Annelie.

“This marks the fifth time we’ve won as a mother-and-son duo, but what makes it truly special is that I get to share this experience with my mother. We have the opportunity to represent our district at the South African Mixed Pairs,” CP said.

“We’ve won the mixed pairs before, and last year we placed third. I’m eager to compete again this year and see if we can claim the title for a second time. The event will be held in Newcastle from July 17-21.

“I want to express my gratitude to God for allowing me to pursue a sport I love with my family and to achieve success. Winning with my mother has always been an emotional experience for me,” he added.

In the battle for third place, Wilhelm Malan and Charmaine Loock from Sishen showcased their resilience and skill, securing bronze. Marietjie vd Berg and Andre Laubsher from Upington took the fourth spot, rounding out a competitive field that highlighted the depth of talent in the Northern Cape region.

As the newly-crowned champions, the Mathewson duo will now prepare to represent the Northern Cape Bowls at the prestigious Bowls South Africa Mixed Pairs, where they will aim to further cement their legacy in the sport.

The local bowling community and supporters will undoubtedly be watching closely, cheering them on as they take on the best pairs from across the nation.

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