Indoor Hockey League grows by 10% – 55 teams confirm participation this season
The National Indoor Hockey League sponsored by Bank Windhoek started this past weekend in Windhoek with games in the first and second divisions for both the men and women teams.
Namibia Hockey Union’s President, Marc Nel said a total number of 55 teams from 13 different clubs, have confirmed their participation this season.
“This is slightly more than a 10% growth from last year. We are proud to announce that, for the first time, we have a team from Okahandja participating. It is a new club which consists of players from the development league,” he added.
According to Nel, games will be played in three different men’s and women’s leagues, namely Premier, First and Second. Another first is the introduction of a Masters Men’s division where six teams of players 32 years and older, will play against each other. This fixture will be announced later in the season.
For the games played last week, in the women’s first league, the Masters defeated United 2-1. The Angels, an offshoot team from Saints, won 2-0 against BDO Wanderers. In the main game of the day, Saints defeated Windhoek Old Boys Sports Club (WOBSC) 12-0. In the women’s second division, Saints defeated Gurus 5-0.
In the men’s first division, current champions Gurus narrowly outpaced WOBSC and eventually won 5-3. In the second division Gurus and WOBSC Young Guns drew 2-2. The last game of the weekend saw Saints exhaust newcomers 062-OKH with a 4-0 score line.
The Bank Windhoek Premier League will commence after the end of the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Hockey Indoor World Cup, which is currently taking place in Berlin, Germany. The games will be played at DTS, Wanderers, The Dome in Swakopmund and the Indoor Sports Hall in Walvis Bay.