Night League reaches knockout stages

Delron Handura of School of Excellence in action against Alex du Plessis of WHS. Photo: Helge Schütz

The Old Mutual Wanderers Hockey Night League reaches its conclusion this week with the semifinals taking place tonight and tomorrow, while the finals are scheduled for Friday. 

In the women’s semifinals Windhoek Old Boys Sports Club (WOBSC) take on DTS, while Wanderers take on Saints; and in the men’s semifinals, Saints take on School of Excellence (SoE), while Wanderers take on WOBSC.

The men’s competition saw 12 teams competing in two groups on a round robin basis over the past month and a half, with both groups being keenly contested. 

SoE just pipped Wanderers to the top spot in Group A on goal difference after they both finished on 10 points, with three wins, one draw and one defeat each. 

Windhoek High School’s first team finished third on nine points, followed by DTS (6), and Nust and Masters on three points each.

WOBSC just pipped Saints to the top spot in Group B, finishing on 17 points and a plus 38 goal aggregate, while Saints came second on 16 points and a plus 30 goal aggregate. 

They were followed by WHS II (9), Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaat Skool (WAP) on six points, and Windhoek Gymnasium and Wanderers II on one point each. 

In the women’s competition, WOBSC won Group A on 14 points and goal aggregate of 19 after winning all four their matches, followed by St Paul’s College on eight points, WAP on seven and Wanderers on four points. 

St Paul’s and WAP, however, have both left for South Africa to compete in a schools tournament, with the result that Wanderers got the second semifinal spot. 

WHS II finished fifth on zero points after losing all four their matches.

Saints won Group B, finishing on 15 points and a goal aggregate of 19 after winning all four their matches, while DTS came second on 10 points, after three wins and one defeat. 

They were followed by SoE (4), Windhoek Gymnasium (3) and WHS I (1).

In tonight’s women’s semifinals, WOBSC take on DTS at 18h15, followed by Wanderers up against Saints at 19h30, while in the men’s semifinals tomorrow night, Saints take on SoE at 18h15, followed by WOBSC up against Wanderers at 19h30. 

The finals will beheld on Friday with the women playing at 18h15 and the men at 19h30. 

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