Hockey league kicks off
10 February 2019 | Sports
For this season, clubs from Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund have entered 62 teams, (up from 54 teams last year) who will compete in five different leagues. “This means there will be approximately 600 players involved in indoor hockey over the next three months,” says the President of the Namibian Hockey Union, Marc Nel.
An exciting addition is the establishment of the Bank Windhoek Reserve Premier League for both men and women, which is the second strongest tier in local indoor hockey. “It was especially created for those clubs who want to earn a promotion into the Bank Windhoek Premier League in future,” Nel said.
The five leagues the NHU established are the Premier League (5 ladies and men's teams); the Reserve Premier League (7 ladies and men's teams); the First League (7 ladies and men's teams); the Second League (8 ladies and 10 men's teams); and the Masters League (5 men's teams).
All indoor leagues will be played at the DTS, Wanderers, The Dome in Swakopmund, the Sports Hall in Walvis Bay and a few games at the show grounds in Windhoek.
The Junior Development League takes place during the second school semester, from June to the first week in August, while the outdoor league commences in July and runs until October.
For the fourth consecutive year, Bank Windhoek is supporting the NHU. “Thanks to Bank Windhoek's continued sponsorship, the past four years have enabled Namibian Hockey to develop and grow as one of the more prominent sports codes,” Nel said.
Speaking at the announcement of the bank's sponsorship, Bank Windhoek's Jacquiline Pack said that 2018 was an excellent year for local hockey, particularly on the international stage. “As with everything in life, constant practice and commitment to any sport to refine one's skills plays an important part in making dreams come true. Anyone who represented Namibia internationally last year will tell you that his or her success did not happen overnight. The very best advance through hard work and by dedicating themselves to the discipline they are passionate about.”