Windhoek — The last fistball event of the year provided few surprises with the favourites taking home the Bank Windhoek National Fistball Cup in convincing manner in both the National A and B League categories at the SFC Sport Club in Swakopmund, last weekend.
SKW 2 won the National A League category, while Cohen FC 3 won the B League category. The freshly crowned A League champions, SKW 2, made a clean sweep in the entire category A of the competition. Their opponents were no match for them in the preliminary round where SKW 2 won all their matches convincingly by 10 or more points, which automatically qualified them for the finals.
The semi-final, aimed at determing the other participant for the cup final, turned into a tight affair when the two equal opponents, Cohen 1 and SKW 1 clashed with Cohen 1 eventually winning the game with a four point lead, winning the game 33:29.
The final, however, was a one-sided affair with favourites, SKW 2, dominating throughout the match. Although Cohen showed a strong fighting spirit, they never put Imawida under any pressure. Michael Baas and Oliver Hohmeier of SKW put in strong performances of attacks and defences respectively, to take the Germans to a convincing 35:26 win in the Bank Windhoek Cup competition.
Perennial winners, Cohen 3, continued their dominance in the B league category beating their opponents SFC 2, 37:23, thanks to spikers PV Steinkopff and Wilfried Hacker, who added to their team's attack prowess.
Cohen qualified for the final by beating arch rivals SKW 3 in the semi-final, while SFC 2 won against DTS in a very close encounter.
Although DTS was dejected after the loss their qualification for the semi-final was a great achievement for a team that started participating in the national league competition barely two years ago.
Atlantis Sport Club of Walvis Bay also had a good weekend, finishing in fifth place. The Walvis Bay club is fairly new to fistball, having taken up the sport last year only.
Amongst the other participants in the competition was the SKW women side that performed above expectation, while a team of SKW soccer players also registered a team. They ended the day in a respectable 6th place.
Michael Baas of SKW was awarded the "Fistball Player of the Year" trophy, while Ricco KÃ¼hnle-Kreitz, also from SKW, was named "Junior Fistball Player of the Year".
Namibia's fistball season will resume in February 2013 with the Bank Windhoek season opening tournament.
The new season will prove to be an exciting one since Namibia will host the Club World Championship, where the South American and European club champions will play to determine the best club team in the world.
The event will take place on October 15 and 16 2013 in Windhoek.