Namibian Women Remain Unbeaten

NAMIBIA’s U18 women’s hockey team maintained its unbeaten record at the African Youth Olympics qualifiers in Lusaka on Wednesday when they comfortably beat Zimbabwe 8-2.

Dunelle van Taak opened Namibia’s account and another goal by Phia Gerber put them 2-0 ahead at the end of the first period.

Namibia stepped up the tempo in the second period, scoring four more goals, and although Zimbabwe opened their account, Namibia took an unassailable 6-2 lead at the end of the second period.

In the third period Namibia’s Carla Brits was sent off for three minutes after an infringement but it did not stop Namibia’s momentum, as they scored two more goals to complete an emphatic victory.

Carla Brits, Phia Gerber and Dunelle van Taak each scored two goals and Bernice Brink and Sunelle Ludwig one goal each.

It was Namibia’s second victory at the Youth Championships following their 15-0 victory against Kenya on Monday.

Namibia’s toughest match however comes up on Thursday when they take on the top seeds South Africa, who are also still unbeaten.

Namibia’s boys team gave a fine performance on Wednesday to hold Zimbabwe to a 5-all draw.

Ernest Jacobs played a leading role, scoring four goals including a penalty, as Namibia had to come from behind three times before forcing the draw.

In a close encounter, that saw the lead changing several times, Zimbabwe took the lead, but two goals by Jacobs put Namibia 2-1 ahead.

Zimbabwe however immediately struck back with two goals to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.

A goal by Breda Reed made the score 3-3, but Zimbabwe once again scored to go 4-3 ahead.

Namibia won a penalty at the end of the second period and Jacobs coolly finished it off as the teams once again drew level at 4-4.

In the final third quarter, Jacobs scored this fourth goal to put Namibia 5-4 ahead but Zimbabwe equalised as the teams held on for a thrilling 5-5 draw.

Namibia’s men’s team lost its opening match 7-4 against South Africa on Monday, but on Tuesday recorded its first victory when they beat Kenya 8-4.

Namibia will now have to beat Zambia in their final group match on Friday if they hope to qualify for the final on Saturday.

Source : The Namibian