THE National B League produced some surprises, while the favourites prevailed in the A League as the Bank Windhoek Fistball Championship got off to a good start at the weekend.
All matches were played at the SFC Sport Club in Swakopmund.
Cohen FC 3, who have been the dominant side in the National B league competition for the past three years, surprisingly went home without a win. They met SFC 2 in a hotly contested semifinal in what turned out to be a humdinger of a match. Cohen had a comfortable lead at the start of the match but their Swakopmund rivals clawed their way back into the game.
By halftime, only a two-point difference separated the teams.
The lead changed hands continually until the SFC built a four-point lead in the final minute of the game to oust the defending champions.
The final was by no means a less intense affair as SFC met SKW 3, who managed to build an early lead and remained in control of the match until midway through the second half.
A couple of unforced errors in the attack allowed the SFC 2 team back into the game and the home team did not waste the opportunity as they steadily closed the gap.
At the final whistle, SFC 3 had a two point lead to see off an SKW side which had shown a good form throughout the day.
In the National A League, SKW 1 showed some decent early-season form when they comfortably beat Cohen FC 1 in the final by 34:22 points.
Cohen FC 1 kept things tight during the first half of the game but were not able to keep up the momentum. Early in the second half, a couple of unforced errors by Cohen spikers gave SKW a commanding seven-point lead.
Third place went to SKW 2, while the youthful SFC Sport Club could only manage fifth on home turf.
The fistball season will continue on March 16 in Windhoek when the first round of games in the Bank Windhoek Fistball Championship will be played at the SKW in Windhoek.