Khomas vows to defend title

The Khomas Region netball team is looking to scoop this year's Debmarine Netball championship for the third year running.

13 August 2019 | Sports

The upcoming 2019 Debmarine Namibia senior regional netball championship is going to be a tough affair, with Khomas Region vowing to defend the title successfully for the third time.

Fourteen regions with a hot pot of talented players are expected to descend on the capital with the aim of dethroning Khomas.

The championship was started in 2017 and was played in Windhoek that year.

Last year it took place in Swakopmund and will now return to the capital. On both previous occasions Khomas Region managed to kick dust in the face of the opposition.

This year they plan on repeating their success by keeping the same team and making only a few changes according to their coach, Mornay Pienaar.

“We are starting afresh this year as we don't know what the other regions have planned. We will take every match as it comes. We will however also plan on a strong defence line from the word go and to maintain tactical discipline,” said Pienaar.

Omusati came close to causing an upset last year as they matched Khomas in the final. This year they want to repeat their performance but take it a notch higher by winning the cup.

“We are planning on taking first place this year. We will do our level best even though we always struggle with training facilities,” said Lazarus Mungolo.

The games will be played at the Khomasdal netball courts. The winner of the championship will receive N$30 000, gold medals and a floating trophy, while the second- and third-placed teams will walk away with N$15 000 and N$9 000, respectively.

The regional teams have been placed in two pools. Pool A consists of the Hardap, Kavango East, Oshana, Kunene, Ohangwena, Zambezi and //Karas regions, while pool B is comprised of the Omusati, Khomas, Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Kavango West, Oshikoto and Omaheke regions.

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