Namibia: Saints, DTS Pull Away At the Top

Saints and DTS both recorded comfortable victories in the Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Men's Premier League over the weekend to set up a potential league deciding match on Wednesday night.

Both teams secured bonus-point victories, with Saints beating Wanderers 5-0 on Friday and DTS beating Windhoek Old Boys 4-1 on Saturday, to pull further away from the rest of the field.

Saints now lead the log on 18 points from six matches, with DTS two points behind, while Old Boys trail in third position on 11 points.

On Friday night, Saints dominated possession from the start, but Wanderers did well to hold them at bay for much of the first half.

Saints won several short corners, but Wanderers' keeper Shaun Tagliaferri kept them out with some fine saves against Cody van der Merwe and Nico Neethling.

Wanderers also had a few chances with Penda Namundjebo launching some counter-attacks, but they could not finish off.

At the other end, Neethling found the net from a short corner, but the goal was disallowed for an earlier infringement, but Saints' pressure finally told when Neethling scored from a short corner just before half time.

Saints took a firm grip of the match shortly after the restart with two goals in three minutes.

Michael Kotze was involved in both as he first broke through the midfield and passed to Owen Hatton who scored from close range, and then scored from another attack after the ball went loose in the box.

Saints maintained the pressure in the final quarter, and a great back stick shot by Neville Gora put them 4-0 ahead, while Josh van der Merwe made it 5-0 after being put clear by his brother Cody.

On Saturday, DTS kept the pressure on Saints with a 4-1 victory against Old Boys, after leading 2-0 at the break.

The Britz brothers, David and JP excelled for DTS, scoring two goals each, while Dylan Finch replied for Old Boys.

Old Boys' defeat saw them falling further behind the leaders after they also dropped points in a 2-2 draw against Unam last Wednesday.

In a close encounter, Sachin Jaanda gave Unam an early lead from a short corner, but Dylan Finch replied with a field goal to make the half time score 1-1. Old Boys took the lead in the final quarter through Matu Karikairiua, but Kevin Kapuire replied three minutes later as they held on for a share of the spoils.

The Women's Premier League, meanwhile, seems certain to be won by Saints after one of their main challengers, Unam suffered a 2-0 defeat to Wanderers last Wednesday.

Bianca Muller scored both the goals, to put Wanderers level with Unam and Old Boys on seven points, but they are all way behind Saints who lead on 16 points.

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