WINDHOEK, Sept. 19 – The Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Premier League entered its ninth round in Windhoek over the weekend.
In the Bank Windhoek Men’s Premier League WOBSC maintained its dominance and defeated one of its closest rivals, DTS, in a pulsating encounter. Saints defeated UNAM and moved second on the log. As a result, WOBSC are cling to the top of the log with a single point and a game in hand over Saints and DTS, who are second and third respectively.
In the Bank Windhoek Women’s Premier League, UNAM defeated log leaders Saints. Second placed BDO Wanderers took on NUST and won 5-0. With this win, there is now only four point’s difference between Saints and BDO Wanderers.
Men’s Premier League
The opening match for the weekend saw Saints and UNAM battle it out on the field. This was a tough encounter. Saints desperately needed a good result on the day, as they needed to win in order to keep up the pressure on the top two sides, DTS and WOBSC.
As a result, Saints were on top of their game and won 4-1 against a disappointed UNAM team. Cody van der Merwe, Fagen Hansen, Ivan Semedo and Nico Neethling scored for Saints.
Up next was the much-anticipated encounter between the log leaders WOBSC and second placed team, DTS. As expected, the game saw few opportunities on goal. WOBSC took most of their chances and won 2-0. Siyabonga Martins and Etienne de Villiers scored two splendid goals for WOBSC. The results gives WOBSC a single point lead at the summit of the log with a game in hand.
BDO Wanderers came back after a disappointing week and defeated NUST 10-1. NUST, who are yet to register a victory in the league, gave a performance, but it was simply not good enough as they kept conceding goals. Stefan du Preez scored four goals for BDO Wanderers.
Women’s Premier League
In the Women’s Premier League, WOBSC took on DTS. The good news for WOBSC was that some of its South African based players, were back in the squad.
The team looked strong in all areas with WOBSC winning 4-0. Javanka Kruger, SanMari Krugel and Elzanne Erasmus scored for WOBSC. This win took some pressure off the WOBSC team who did not have outstanding results over the past few weeks.
UNAM and Saints on the other hand battled it out in a closely contested game as none of the two teams wanted to concede defeat. The log leaders, Saints, wanted to extend their lead at the top, but UNAM had other ideas as they were stubborn and gave nothing away.
It was not all plain sailing for Saints though, as they went down to UNAM 2-1. UNAM’s star player Maggy Mengo scored twice.
BDO Wanderers took on NUST who once again put up a spirited performance, but were eventually defeated 5-0. BDO Wanderers were just too strong for NUST who are still rooted to the bottom of the league table. Bianca Muller from BDO Wanderers was the top goal scorer with four goals.The next matches in the Bank Windhoek Premier Field Hockey League are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 19 September to Thursday, 21 September 2017 at Aloe Park and Windhoek High School hockey fields in Windhoek. – NDN Staffer