12 February 2019

Namibia: Saints Off to a Roaring Start

Saints, the defending men and women's champions in the Bank Windhoek Indoor Hockey League, got off to strong starts after both recorded comprehensive victories when the league got underway over the weekend.

Saints thrashed DTS 10-0 in the Men's Premier League, while Saints beat DTS 5-0 in the Women's Premier League.

In the Men's Premier League, Saints' great rivals and last season's runners-up, Windhoek Old Boys, also got a bonus point win in a 6-3 victory against Wanderers to join Saints at the top of the log.

On Friday, Liam Hermanus was Saints' star player, scoring a hat-trick and creating several more goals as Saints comfortably beat DTS 10-0.

The young Saints side attacked from the start and the gaps soon started to appear as they opened up DTS' defence with their crisp passing game.

Nico Neethling opened the scoring from a Hermanus cross, while Owen Hatton made it 2-0, steering in Fagan Hansen's centre.

Hermanus opened his account with an 11th minute short corner goal, and then created Craig McNally's goal as he broke through several half-hearted tackles.

Another short corner goal by Cody van der Merwe clinched Saints' bonus point on the stroke of halftime.

Hermanus started the second half in a hurry, scoring within 30 seconds with a fine lob over DTS keeper DJ Strauss, while Nico Neethling made it 7-0 a minute later.

DTS had a few chances of there own but Jason Bolton and Christiaan Schumacher could not capitalise, before Hermanus completed his hat-trick with another fine solo goal.

Late goals by Fagan Hansen and Marc Olles completed the rout, while DTS' misfortune continued as David Britz missed a late penalty attempt.

On Saturday, Old Boys beat Wanderers 6-3 with Sia Martins scoring a hat-trick and Ettienne de Villiers, Rory Hammond and Bucko Bartlett one goal each.

For Wanderers, Divan van Rensburg scored a brace and Nathan van Niekerk one goal.

Martins set the tone for the match with two goals within the first four minutes and although Wanderers managed to reduce the deficit to one goal, Martins completed his hat-trick to put them 4-2 up at half time.

Rory Hammond put them 5-2 ahead in the second half and although Divan van Rensburg once again reduced the deficit, a late penalty goal by Bucko Bartlett sealed Old Boys' victory.

In the Women's Premier League, Saints also got a bonus point victory with a 5-0 win against DTS.

They only led 1-0 at the break after an early goal from a short corner by Danja Meyer, but turned up the tempo in the second half with four more goals.

Meyer scored a second goal, while Caitlin Gillies also scored a brace and Azaylee Philander one goal.

On Saturday, Windhoek Old Boys opened their account with a 4-0 victory over Wanderers, after leading 2-0 at half time.

Kaela Schimming scored a hat-trick and Jahntwa Kruger one goal for WOB, who just missed out on a bonus point victory.

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