Coastal clubs dominate

Rudi Bowe

The coastal hockey clubs dominated the 2019 Bank Windhoek National indoor first and second leagues.

The three coastal clubs, Sparta, X-Team and Coastal Raiders from Walvis Bay and Swakopmund respectively, ended all in the top three positions of the 1st and 2nd leagues. Sparta men’s first team made history after they won the First League for the first time since the club’s inception in 2015 in the league. X-Team and Coastal Raiders ended second and third respectively.
Sparta men’s first team is the first hockey team at the coast that won any league cup in the country. This was made possible by the new leadership and well-known hockey coach Ruan Oosthuizen with his good coaching skills.
The Sparta men’s team were unbeaten for the season with only one draw against X-Team and managed to score a massive 42 goals and only con-ceded 6 goals. The coaching style of Ruan brought a change in their game and attitudes and he needs to be applauded for a job well done. With the start of the league the coach and players said that this year we mean business and it was definitely proved at the end.
Sparta’s second team ended second in the 2nd league after losing only one match earlier this season in Windhoek against 2019 second league champions, Windhoek Old Boys. Coastal Raiders ended third and X-Team 1 and 2 ended ninth and fifth respectively.
X-Team ladies ended second in the Ladies First League with Sparta ladies third which is a massive improvement for the Sparta ladies from the 6th place last season, Coastal Raiders ladies team ended in sixth position.
Sparta Hockey Club will host a Social Indoor Tournament on 28-29 April at the Jan Wilken Indoor Sport Complex in Walvis Bay.

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