Omaheke crowned Debmarine champions

02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP (NAMPA) – Omaheke were crowned the winners of the third edition of the Debmarine Namibia Senior Regional Netball Championship at the Khomasdal Stadium Netball Courts on Sunday morning following a 31-16 victory over Omusati.
The two teams emerged from the group of death, (group A) which also consisted of Khomas, Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Kavango West and Oshikoto.
When the finalists met during the group stage, Omaheke prevailed by a 26-21 score line.
Having reached the finals after beating Oshana 24-08, Omaheke took an early lead in the proceedings by outscoring Omusati 17-09 at halftime.
Omusati clawed their way back into the match in the final stretch to narrow the gap to 19-14 points but Omaheke’s sharp shooter Tjatinda Toetsie Tjihero took over the show and stretched the lead for her side.
Traditional powerhouses Khomas, Otjozondjupa and Erongo failed to contest the semi-finals as they were knocked out in the group stages, meaning the host region could not defend their title.
For winning the title, Omaheke received gold medals, goal post protectors, and N.dollars 30 000 while runners up Omusati received silver medals, goal posts and N.dollars 15 000.
Third-placed Kavango East, who defeated Oshana 20-14 in their playoff, walked away with bronze medals, goal post protectors and N.dollars 9 000.
Speaking to Nampa after her team’s victory, Maureen Geingos said the victory was due to hard work by her team.
“For us as a region, this is a great achievement as we prepared well for this tournament. The girls deserve this as they stuck together even when things were not going well. It’s a victory for the region,” she said.
Omusati coach Lazarus Mungolo blamed poor officiating for his team’s defeat.
“The match umpires stole the victory from my girls. The opposition committed several fouls against us but officials let it go. I do however appreciate the way the girls played. It was a good tournament,” he said.
This is the second consecutive year that Omusati has lost in the final after their 34-10 loss to Khomas in last year’s final played in Tamariskia, Swakopmund.
Martha Shaambeni of Omusati was named player of the tournament, while Gleneth Vetjivera of Omaheke was named defender of the tournament.
Tjihero was named shooter of the tournament, with Mbahimua Kakuenje of Khomas being named best mid-court player.