Elimination Time in Fistball Champs

The Bank Windhoek Fistball champions will be crowned this weekend. The finals of both the Bank Windhoek National A League and the Bank Windhoek National B League are scheduled to take place on Saturday at the DTS sport fields.

Defending Bank Windhoek National A league champions SKW 1 have qualified for the final by ending first on the final log in the National A league. They will meet either SKW 2 or Cohen FC 1 who will then meet in a play-off matchup. The winner of the game will progress to the final where they will challenge SKW 1 for the title.

Spectators can expect a close encounter between Cohen FC 1 and SKW 2. The teams have played some tense encounters during the league stage of the season with both teams ending the league section of the season level on points.

SKW 2 only narrowly ended in second place as they won more sets. Cohen FC 1 will once again be without their experienced setter, Jens Iben. The team does however have sufficient depth on the bench to compensate for his absence. The match will also be a test for U18 National team captain, Tristan Minz, who plays for Cohen FC 1 and his team mate in the national team, Rico Kuumlhnle-Kreitz, who plays for SKW 2. Their performance as spikers will determine their team success.

Home side DTS will meet a g SKW 3 in the qualification match for the final of the Bank Windhoek National B league. SKW 3 lingered at the bottom of the log for most of the season, but have shown a return to form during the last couple of league matches.

SKW 3 spiker, Gernot Helm, who returned to the club this season after a lengthy absence, has made a notable contribution to the team’s success. DTS meanwhile will attempt to capitalise on their home ground aantage in their second attempt in as many years to reach the championship final. They have been the most consistent team in the league thus far regularly featuring in the log’s top three throughout the season.

The winner of the qualification match will take on Cohen FC3 in the National B league final. The defending champions have shown mixed form of late. They dominated proceedings early in the season winning all their matches convincingly. During the last round of league games in August they struggled to contain their opponents however, only winning narrowly against DTS and losing to SKW 3. Fistball supporters can expect a lively encounter regardless of who qualifies to challenge Cohen FC 3 for the championship.

The qualification matches will commence at 10h00 while the National B league final will be played at 14h30 and the final of the National A league at 16h00. There will be further Fistball action during the day as the play off matches for third and fourth places are scheduled in between the main matches.

Source : The Namibian

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