Jwaneng — The Jwaneng-based softball team, Wells emerged the 2019 champions of the Jwaneng Komatsu Easter Softball tournament after beating the defending champions BDF IX 5-3 in the men's final on Sunday.
The hosts fought to end the championship dry spell that befell Jwaneng township for the past 10 years.
For BDF IX, it was not an easy ride to book a position at the final, as they were previously held to a one all draw on full time by South Africa's VUT. The tie prompted the teams to go for penalties which BDF IX won with a slim 2-1 margin, sending the South Africans to position three.
On the other hand, Police IX retained the championship after a 3-2 win against Panthers in the women's finals. Police IX came back from a 2-1 loss and managed to gain the much-needed runs in the last inning. Wells settled for position three in the women's category.
In both categories, position one got gold medals, a trophy, and P35 000 prize money, while positions two and three got silver and bronze medals as well as P28 000 and P25 000 respectively.
Wells coach Gagoope Ntsholetsang attributed their win to the players' commitment, hard work, and winning mentality.
"We took every game seriously and played well because our aim was to win. We always do well in the tournament but fail to emerge winners, so this time we managed to win the tournament," he said.
He also said the tournament was a build up to the top 12 competitions which will be played in Orapa, hence it helped them prepare.
For his part, Police IX coach Tawina Phibion appreciated his players fighting spirit which saw them come back from a possible loss. He said as the reigning champions, they were aware that other teams were after them, hence they came prepared.
"We hardly rest, we work hard and the results say it all," he said.
He also commended the sponsors for ensuring that the tournament was held annually without fail. He said the gesture should continue as it promoted sport growth and provided exposure to the players.
The Member of Parliament for Jwaneng/Mabutsane Shawn Ntlhaile applauded all the participating teams and the sponsors for making the tournament a success. He urged all participants, including those who did not win, to celebrate because in the end, it was the spirit of sport that had won.
He appealed to sponsors to continue with the good work saying it helped boost the economic activity of the township.
Source : BOPA