WINDHOEK, Feb. 8 – The Bank Windhoek National Indoor Hockey League started this past weekend in Windhoek with games in the first and second divisions for both the men and women teams.
In the women’s first league, the Masters defeated United 2-1. The Angels, an offshoot team from Saints, won 2-0 against BDO Wanderers. In the main game of the day, Saints defeated Windhoek Old Boys Sports Club (WOBSC) 12-0. In the women’s second division, Saints defeated Gurus 5-0.
In the men’s first division, current champions Gurus narrowly outpaced WOBSC and eventually won 5-3. In the second division Gurus and WOBSC Young Guns drew 2-2. The last game of the weekend saw Saints exhaust newcomers 062-OKH with a 4-0 score line.
A total number of 55 teams from 13 different clubs, have confirmed their participation in the upcoming season.
“This is slightly more than a 10 per cent growth from last year. We are proud to announce that, for the first time, we have a team from Okahandja participating. It is a new club which consists of players from the development league,” said Namibia Hockey Union’s President, Marc Nel.
Games will be played in three different men’s and women’s leagues, namely Premier, First and Second. Another first is the introduction of a Masters Men’s division where six teams of players 32 years and older, will play against each other. This fixture will be announced later in the season.
The Bank Windhoek Premier League will commence after the end of the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Hockey Indoor World Cup, which is currently taking place in Berlin, Germany. The games will be played at DTS, Wanderers, The Dome in Swakopmund and the Indoor Sports Hall in Walvis Bay.
The next games are scheduled to take place this coming weekend at Wanderers and the Indoor Sports Hall in Walvis Bay. – NDN Staffer