WINDHOEK, 14 AUG – Teams in the Bank Windhoek Fistball League displayed exciting performances in the League’s fourth round matches held in Swakopmund over the weekend. This were the last matches ahead of the Bank Windhoek Fistball Championship playoffs.
As it stands, Cohen Fistball Club’s (CFC 1) victory, over current champions, Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW), narrowed the gap to two points at the top of the league table.
Despite having home turf advantage, Swakopmund Fussball Club (SFC), were beaten by CFC 1 who dominated Group A as they also defeated Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) and SKW 2 with the same a score line of 3-0.
SKW 2 went on to defeat DTS and SFC. The latter managed to win their tough encounter with DTS who were resilient throughout the match but eventually succumbed to defeat. At the end of the group stages, SKW 2 and SFC ended on equal points. They had to be separated by goal difference. As a result, SKW 2 progressed to the semi-finals stage.
Group B saw SKW 1 beat all three of Cohen Fistball Club’s teams with a comfortable score of 3-0. Only CFC 2 came close to a set victory, but their hopes were swept aside by a strong performance from SKW 1. CFC 2 then went on to beat their club mates CFC 3 and CFC 4 after tough encounters between the three teams. This ensured a CFC 2 qualification for the semi-finals. CFC 3 also registered a win as they later beat CFC 4 3-0.
In the first semi-final match, CFC 1 beat CFC 2 2-0. SKW 1 also won 2-0 against their reserve SKW 2 in the second semi-final.
The last four teams battled it out in the second round fixtures where CFC 3 won against DTS and SFC beat CFC 4 after a fierce contest. SKW 2 secured the third place after an encounter against CFC 2 with a final score line of 3-2 in the placement games. CFC 3 put up a resounding performance as they fought hard against SFC whom they defeated to claim the fifth place. DTS beat CFC 4 and secured the seventh place sending their opponents to the bottom of the placements.
The final game of the day was between CFC 1 and SKW 1. CFC 1 started off the better team as they managed to build an early lead and won the first set. But the second set belonged to SKW 1 after they placed CFC 1 under extreme pressure, which proved too much and as a result, CFC 1 stumbled in a 13-11 defeat.
Both teams came back stronger in the third and final set. CFC’s Kühnle Kreitz and SKW 1’s Michael Baas, were in top form as they scored at will one after the other. Finally, CFC’s youthful team emerged victories and claimed the set 14-12. This was translated in a 3-0 win for CFC 1. SFCs’ Torben Winterbach walked away with the Player of the Day trophy after putting up a notable performance for his team. – NDN Staffer