The third Bank Windhoek Fistball League match day took place over the weekend at the Cohen Fistball Club (CFC) and the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW 1) sports fields in Windhoek. With a record of 18 registered teams, this league round was competitive, as expected and one of the best in the history of the Bank Windhoek Fistball League. CFC 1 further extended its lead in the National A League, while SKW 2 are now the new log leader in the National B League.
In the National A League, CFC 1 kept a clean sheet in all three matches. In the game between CFC 1 and SKW 1, the reigning champions gave away a 2:0 lead due to countless mistakes in attack. They, however, recovered in the fifth set to win the duel 3:2. SKW 1 won 3:1 against CFC 2 and Swakopmund Fistball Club (SFC) SFC 1. CFC 2 also lost their encounter against SFC 1 with 1:3. As a result, SFC 1 is now the only third-placed team.
It remains exciting in the National B League, where the table leaders changed. With the maximum score of 18 points, SKW 2 climbed from third to first place. Club colleagues SKW 4 lost a nine-point lead over SKW 2 and must settle for second place with seven points from six games. SFC 2 slipped to third place, followed by the third team from Swakopmund, SFC 3. Host CFC 3 improved their position by one spot after not participating in the second league round. SKW 3 is in sixth place, while SKW 5 is bottom of the National B League.
Boosted by home turf advantage, SKW B won all three games and claimed the tournament championship title in the Under 14 category. SKW D, who took part for the first time, occupied the spot, while SKW C settled for the third spot. SKW A caught a raven black day and only got one bonus point and thus had to be content with the fourth spot.
In the Under 18, SKW A again proved to be the best team by registering three wins in a row, which extended their lead over SFC A to four points. SFC A won their matches against SKW 2 and newcomers SKW 3. SKW 3 had to leave the field as losers in all three encounters.
An exhibition match between the local, national team and the rest of the league was not glamorously won by the Namibian team 3:1. Hannes Lux from the SKW was named the Young Player of the Day, while Dieter Kebbel from SKW 1 was named the Senior Player of the Day. The next and final league round before the playoffs will occur on Saturday, 16 September 2023, in Swakopmund.
Meanwhile, the Namibian men's delegation will travel to Germany in four weeks. After the weak performances on Friday and partially on Saturday, national coach Andreas Minz invited the national squad to another training camp in July. The team will face the World Fistball Champion Germany in the opening encounter of the 16th Fistball World Championships in the Rhein-Neckar Stadium, Mannheim, Germany.