National Fistball Squad Announced As Cohen Reach the Top in Both Leagues

The third round of games in the Bank Windhoek National Fistball Championship held at the SKW Fistball fields, reached a high on Saturday evening, 13 June 2015, when the national squad was announced. The ten-man team will travel to Argentina in November, where they will participate in the 15th Men’s World Championship.

The chairperson of the Fistball Association of Namibia (FAN), Michael Baas, reiterated that a young and inexperienced team has been chosen. Only Christoph Kubirske and Mark Roesener have been exposed at international level.

The rest of the team members have been in action for Namibia at U18 level. Spikers, Tristan Minz, Gernot Helm and Gian Rudolph have all been through the successful youth programme, which was headed by the former U18 national team coach, Andreas Minz, until recently. The same applies to defence players, Stephan Zimny, Helmo Minz, Thilo Wilckens, Goetz Friedrich and Marc-Andre Witte.

The team will be coached by experienced campaigner, Christoph Kubirske, in the interim. The FAN is currently in talks with former German national players who will take over the coaching closer to the World Championship.

Baas added that the team will aim to defend the eighth place Namibia achieved at the last World Championship in Austria in 2011. Taking into consideration the huge steps other nations have taken in developing fistball, a more conservative goal of finishing tenth from the participating 17 teams seems more realistic.

Fistball action was not limited to off field events however. In the Bank Windhoek National A League, Cohen FC1 produced a comprehensive 4-1 set victory against title defenders, SKW 1, to wrestle the first place on the log from their opponents.

Spiker, Tristan Minz, was the reason for Cohen FC1’s success. The national team player dominated proceedings with his excellent attacking game. SKW 1 and Cohen FC 1 are now level on points and sets, with Cohen FC 1 having edged the title favourites on ball points. SKW 2 remain in the mix as well, just two points adrift from the log leaders.

SKW 3 had a day to forget in the Bank Windhoek National B League. The home team were left without the services of their spiker, Stefan Marcuzi, who picked up an injury and without an attacking player, they lost all their games. Consequently, the defending champions moved back to last place on the log.

Title hopefuls, Cohen FC 3, suffered a shock defeat against their less-fancied club mates, Cohen FC 4. Cohen FC 4 remain at the top of the log. Swakopmund-based side, SFC 2, pulled off a hard fought 4-3 sets win against Cohen FC 4 in the last game of the day, to retain their second spot on the log. York Hambrecht, especially proved to be a stalwart in defence for SFC 2. The fourteen year old player was honoured with the Player of the Day trophy as a result.

While the national team squad will intensify their preparations, the next fistball event is already on the cards. The Cohen FC Cup Tournament will take place on 4 July 2015.

Below are the log standings for both leagues.

National A League

Team Points Sets

1 CFC 1 22 15

2 SKW 1 22 15

3 SKW 2 20 12

4 SFC 1 10 -9

5 CFC 2 2 -33

National B League

1 CFC 3 25 22

2 SFC 2 18 -2

3 CFC 4 17 -1

4 DTS 11 -6

5 SKW 3 11 -13

Source : The Namibian