NCS breaks the norm

Rudi Bowe

The men’s Namibia Correctional Services (NCS) Volleyball Club Ondangwa broke the norm and Revivals Volleyball Club retained their championship status in the female category at the final round of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Volleyball Federation Cup 2021, hosted at the Jan Wilken Indoor Sports Complex in Walvis Bay over the past weekend.

The Ondangwa-based NCS Volleyball Club faced NDF in the Bank Windhoek NVF Cup final in the men’s category. NDF fought and took a set in the match; however, NCS stood its ground and won the game by delivering powerful attacks consistently when it matters the most. The final score was three sets to one in favour of NCS.
Revival Volleyball Club, in the women’s category, dominated the tournament and established their reputation as defending champions. Revivals faced their nemesis Kudos in the Bank Windhoek NVF Cup final and thrashed Kudos three sets to nil to reclaim their throne. The victories for both teams mean that they have qualified to the Zone Six Club Championship in Mozambique next year.
From the onset, 16 teams from the Oshana, Khomas, Kavango East, Zambezi, and the Erongo, were all on top of their game as they came out ready to claim the ultimate trophy.
With an intense rivalry, the quarterfinal games kicked off Friday evening. The Namibian Defense Force (NDF) women’s team played against their colleagues from the NAVY in the second quarter-final match. However, NDF established its dominance and secured its spot in the semi-Final.
Kudos Volleyball Club and NDF met in a thrilling semi-final match in the men’s cate-gory. Kudos took the first two sets of the encounter, NDF however, took it a level higher and fought back to win the thrilling semi-final three sets to two.
The Bank Windhoek NVF Cup 2021 started with a street march through the streets of Walvis Bay under the escort of the Municipal Traffic Department. The Erongo region Governor Neville Andre and Walvis Bay Mayor Trevino Forbes declared the Bank Windhoek NVF Cup opened.
Themed, Volleyball against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Chief Inspector Selma Shalunga from the Namibian Police addressed the athletes’ importance of fighting GBV at various levels. She encouraged them to take it upon themselves to become ambassadors against GBV in their respective communities.
NVF President, Hillary Imbuwa, said it was exciting to witness NCS’ win. He shared that since the history of their major tournaments, over the past 12 years, teams from the Khomas region have dominated volleyball. Imbuwa noted that NCS’ win demonstrates that the sport has grown. “We will continue to search for talent to grow volleyball in Namibia,” said Imbuwa.
The final results are as follow:

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