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Affiliates, WHS Crowned Hockey Champions

WINDHOEK Afrikaanse Privaat Skool and Windhoek High School were crowned the Namibian Schools Hockey Champions after winning the boys and girls finals on Saturday night.

In the boys U19 final, Affies beat Windhoek Gymnasium 2-1 on penalties after the sides were tied 2-2 at the end of full time, while WHS beat St Paul’s College 2- 1 in the U19 girls final.

The boys’ final was a thriller, once again going to the wire, after Affies also beat Gymnasium on penalties earlier in the year in the Gravity Cup final.

Playing at the crowded Aloe Park at the Windhoek Gymnasium, Gymnasium took an early lead when Matthew Lassen stabbed a long cross into the box after just two minutes.

Affies took a while to get into the game but came close when Christiaan du Raan burst into the box but tipped over the crossbar, while Jandre Smit’s backstick shot narrowly passed to the side.

Gymnasium picked up the pace in the second half and nearly went farther when Owen Hatton’s backstick shot hit the crossbar, while Affies keeper Richter van Rooyen saved an Isaac Fallis effort.

The momentum, however, swung towards Affies, and after winning two small corners in quick succession, they eventually equalized as they won a penalty for a foul in the box and Ludwig van Rooyen scored from the spot.

In a frantic final quarter, Gymnasium’s Kieron Christ cleared a Jandre Smit shot off the line, but Affies continued to attack and Smit put them 2-1 in front when he scrambled a stray ball into the box .

Gymnasium, however, immediately fought back with a superb deflected goal by Jack Fourie from Hatton’s cross, to level the game at 2 and send him into a penalty shoot-out showdown.

Opposing keeper Richter van Rooyen of Affies and Dewald la Grange of Gymnasium saved early efforts before Gerhard Myburgh opened the account for Affies.

Lassen pulled back a goal for Gymnasium, but Ludwig van Rooyen’s goal put Affies 2-1 ahead of brother Richter, who was saved from Hatton to give Affies a thrilling win.

The girls’ final was very close although WHS can thank their goalkeeper Jamie Henckert for their victory.

St Pauls had more possession and chances but couldn’t get past an inspired Henckert who made plenty of fine saves.

WHS took the lead through a Marlene Coetzee basket late in the first quarter, and after several efforts Azaylee Philander eventually equalized for St Paul’s from a short corner midway through the second quarter.

WHS, however, had the last laugh when Milah Malan scored from a short corner midway through the third quarter.