Cohen Fistball Club (CFC 1) moved back on top of the log standings in the Bank Windhoek National Fistball League. The current champions achieved this when they dominated the fourth and final round of fixtures, which took place over the weekend at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) sports fields in Windhoek.
“With this result, CFC 1 has a comfortable eight point lead at the top of the log," said Fistball Association of Namibia's Media Officer, Helmo Minz.
The tourney saw a total of eight teams, divided into two groups contest for top honours in their respective groups and the ultimate prize of winning the contest.
SKW 1, CFC 2 and Swakopmund Fistball Club (SFC) 1 and 2, kicked off Group A. SKW 1 dominated the group as their defeated all of their opponents in the group stages. As a result, SKW 1 finished top of Group A, followed by CFC 2, who overpowered all of SFC's teams. SFC 1 came in third place, ahead of their counterparts, SFC 2, who finished at the bottom of the group.
CFC 1 defeated Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS), CFC 3 and SKW 2 to top Group B. SKW 2 came in second place, followed by CFC 3 and DTS who finished third and fourth respectively. CFC 3 secured the third spot after they won against DTS, who had to settle for the fourth and final spot in Group B.
In the first semi-final, SKW 2 overpowered their club mates SKW 1 in a thrilling encounter which ended 2:1. CFC 1 defeated CFC 2 2:0 to qualify for the finals. In the match for third place, CFC 2 beat SKW 1 3:0. In the final placement matches, SFC 1 lost in the fifth place game against CFC 2, while DTS beat SFC 2 for the seventh place.
SKW 2 and CFC 1 faced each other in the final match. Despite home turf advantage, SKW 2 could not match CFC 1's play, who gave nothing to chance during the finals. Due to this dominance, SKW 2 succumbed to pressure, which saw CFC 1 winning the contest with a final score line of 3:0. Next on the fisball calendar is the playoffs, scheduled to take place on Saturday, 21 September 2019 at the DTS sports fields in Windhoek.
National team update
The Namibian fistball national team will travel to Switzerland on Wednesday, 31 July 2019. The team will represent Namibia at the upcoming World Championships tournament set to take place in August. They will face Denmark, Netherlands, Japan and Australia in the preliminary round.
In preparation for the World Cup, the team will first participate in the Obersee Masters tournament on Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 August 2019 in Jona, Switzerland. “Around 80 teams from all over the world will participate at this tournament," said Minz.
The training camp in Jona starts on Monday, 5 August and lasts until Thursday, 8 of August 2019.
On Friday, August 9, the team will travel to Winterthur, a day before the World Cup kicks off. The matches can be followed via livestream on www.ifa-fistball.tv. “We wish the national team all the best," said Bank Windhoek's Public Relations Manager, André Le Roux.
Below are the team placement and log standings after the fourth round in the Bank Windhoek Fistball League:
1. CFC 1 12
2. SKW 2 10
3. CFC 2 8
4. SKW 1 6
5. CFC 3 4
6. SFC 1 2
7. DTS 1
8. SFC 2 0
1. CFC 1 46
2. SKW 1 38
3. SKW 2 30
4. CFC 2 28
5. SFC 1 13
6. CFC 3 11
7. DTS 4
8. CFC 4 2
9. SFC 2 0