Next major international event to be hosted in Namibia in 2010
There were no surprises at the play offs for the Namibian Fistball league championships with the favourites taking the titles in the National league A and B on Saturday 26 September 2009. Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) 1 were the worthy winners in the top Namibian league while Cohen Fistball Club (CFC) 3 trounced their opponents to win the National league B.
SKW 1 had already qualified for the decisive match at the last round of league games after the finished the round robin stage of the league competition top of the log. The same applied to CFC 3 who also performed well over the entire season and were rewarded for their efforts by qualifying for the final without having to play a semifinal.
The day started well for the Swakopmund based teams who had travelled to Windhoek for the decisive games. SFC Sport Club 1 qualified for the final in style by beating SKW 2 by 4:1 sets. The Windhoek side never had enough firepower to overcome the SFC side and made a number of unforced errors at crucial times in the match. SFC 2, the coastal team playing in the National league B, soon followed suit and also secured their place in the Final by beating Windhoek Ramblers by 4:0. The very experienced Swakopmund side was never troubled by Ramblers.
The final matches were a different story altogether. CFC 3 were not troubled by SFC 2 in the final of the National league B. The defending championships won in straight sets. Especially Spiker PV Steinkopff had a great day making few mistakes and exploiting the weaknesses in the Swakopmund defence. The game ended by 5:0 sets.
SFC 1 was left to rue another missed opportunity when they only managed to win one set in a match which was balanced for long periods. While the Swakopmund side only showed glimpses of their potential it was the clinical SKW 1 attack which left the SFC 1 no chance. Added to that, the SKW defence was rock solid. The match ended with 5:1 sets for the Windhoek team.
Prior to the games, Michael Baas, chairperson of the Fistball Association of Namibia announced that the Namibian National league A champion would host Club World Cup. At this event the best men’s and women’s club team from South America and Europe will play the best Namibian club side in order to determine the best club side in the world. The announcement comes in the wake of the hugely successful Youth World Cup held in Swakopmund in January 2009. While the participating teams still need to be announced the date has already been set. The Fistball Club World Cup will take place from 15 to 16 October 2010 in Windhoek.