Africa-Press – Namibia. WINDHOEK Old Boys made a clean sweep, winning both the men and women’s titles at the BDO Wanderers Night League hockey finals on Friday night.
Two short corner goals by captain Ernest Jacobs led them to a 2-0 victory over BDO Wanderers in the men’s final, while they repelled a late comeback by DTS to win the women’s final 3-2.
In the men’s final, Wanderers had some early chances with Owen Hatton and Tiaan Grobler leading their attacks, while they also won some short corners, but Old Boys’ defence kept them at bay.
At the other end, Dylan Finch and Jandre Smit both came close for Old Boys, and they finally took the lead shortly before half time through a fine Jacobs strike from a short corner.
Old Boys upped the pressure in the second half winning several short corners, but their finishing was poor, while Wanderers also had some chances, with Epafras Tunomwaameni and Kobus de Sousa coming close.
Wanderers’ resistance was finally broken midway through the final quarter when Old Boys won another short corner and Jacobs’ clinical finish put them 2-0 up, to seal the title.
It was their second title after they had won the Indoor League two months ago.
The women’s final between Old Boys and DTS was a cagey affair as the two sides weighed up evenly from the start.
Marcia van Zyl put Old Boys ahead from a short corner after 12 minutes and after an attack by Jivanka Kruger early in the second half, Van Zyl added another short corner goal to put WOB 2-0 ahead.
DTS pushed hard, with Caitlyn Gillies coming close from a short corner, but Jocelle Wessels put Old Boys 3-0 ahead with a fine backstick shot in the third quarter.
DTS launched a great comeback in the final quarter, with Tisha Semedo hitting the post, while Gillies shot narrowly wide from a short corner, before Magy Mengo finally opened their account from a short corner.
DTS kept on attacking, and when Mengo was fouled in the box with two minutes to go, Anthea Coetzee stepped up to score from the spot and ensure
some tense final moments.
Od Boys’ defence, however, kept them out as they held on for a 3-2 victory to dethrone the defending indoor league champions.