Namibia: Saints Retain Women's Premier League Title

Saints clinched the Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Women's Premier League title for the second year in a row despite not being in action over the weekend.

Their closest challengers all dropped points and with only two rounds remaining they are now too far ahead to be caught.

On Friday, Wanderers beat Unam 2-0, with Bianca Muller scoring both their goals, while on Saturday, Windhoek Old Boys and DTS both dropped points in a 1-1 draw. Jarien Hartzenberg gave DTS the lead from a short corner at the end of the first chukka, but Adore Meyer equalised just before half time for Old Boys.

Saints now hold an insurmountable lead on 22 points from six matches, while Wanderers are second on 10 from six; Old Boys third on eight from five matches; and Unam fourth on seven points from six matches. DTS are bottom of the log on a solitary point from seven matches.

Saints' men's team are also closing in on their second successive Premier League title following the weekend's matches.

They collected maximum points in a comprehensive 9-1 victory against the X Team from the coast, and if they beat Wanderers by a bonus point tomorrow evening they will retain the title.

DTS, who also thumped the X Team 8-2 on Sunday, still have an outside chance of clinching the title, but with only two matches remaining, it's highly unlikely.

Saints now lead the log on 25 points, with DTS second on 20, but for the latter to win the league title, they will have to win their remaining two matches and hope that Saints lose theirs. Saints, however, are still unbeaten after winning seven and drawing one of their eight matches and they will clinch the title if they win with a bonus point tomorrow.

On Saturday, Saints continued their march to the title with a comprehensive 9-1 victory against the X Team.

Saints immediately went on the attack and although the X Team initially managed to keep them at bay, Saints took a decisive grip on the match with three goals within three minutes.

Fagan Hansen opened the scoring on six minutes when he tipped in a cross by Owen Hatton while Josh van der Merwe made it 2-0 a minute later when he stabbed in a loose ball in the circle.

Barely two minutes later it was 3-0 when Hansen scored his second, shooting high into the net after a cut back by Hatton, and just before the end of the first chukka, Nico Neethling made it 4-0 after scoring from an acute angle.

Saints's dominance continued in the second chukka as Michael Kotze swept home a cross by Dakota Hansen, while Damien Schutz made it 6-0 after being put clear on goal by Nico Neethling.

Just before half time Fagan Hansen scored his second when he steered home a cross by Cody van der Merwe, and with Saints leading 7-0 at the break, it was all over bar the shouting.

Saints dropped their tempo in the second half and the X Team managed to keep them at bay in the third chukka, but Damien Schutz finally broke the deadlock when he smashed in his second goal in the final chukka.

The X Team managed to open their account when Vialli Visagie scored from a counter-attack, but Saints had the final say when Owen Hatton steered home a loose ball in the circle.

The next morning the X Team suffered another big defeat, going down 8-2 to DTS.

David Britz gave DTS an early lead, scoring from a short corner, while Percy Barthram made it 2-0 with a field goal.

Vialli Visagie opened the X Team's account from a short corner, but a field goal by Billy Beukes put DTS 3-1 ahead by the end of the first chukka.

The X Team managed to keep DTS at bay in the second chukka and even narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when Joseph Mungandjela scored on 36 minutes, but that's the closest they got as DTS gradually pulled away.

Two short corner goals by Britz and Lenard Fick put them 5-2 ahead by the third chukka, while William De'Ath added two and Beukes one more goal in the final chukka to complete a commanding victory.

In another Men's Premier League match last week, Unam beat Wanderers 6-2 to move up to third position on the log on 13 points from seven matches.

Kave Tjikuniva and Delron Handura scored two goals each and Mbatata Uremena and Kaizemi Kandjii one each, while Penda Namundjebo and Nicol Loftie-Eaton replied for Wanderers.

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