Namibia: Gunners Take Over Top Spot

MIGHTY Gunners have seized control of the MTC Netball Premiership following two victories at Walvis Bay over the weekend.

The title-chasing Otjiwarongo outfit were in uncompromising mood on Saturday when they brushed aside Golden Girls 61-26, before edging a hard-fought battle against the Namibian Navy 49-47 on Sunday.

One of only two unbeaten sides in the debut domestic top-flight season, Gunners leapfrogged Tigers, who have led since the start of the season, to occupy top spot .

The sharp-shooting Gunners were third at the start of play on Saturday, but now lead the race for honours by two points, having amassed maximum points from their eight matches.

After seeing off title rivals Tigers and the Navy, Gunners next meet the Namibia Correctional Services (NCS), the only other team yet to experience the bitter taste of defeat, on Saturday at Grootfontein, which is effectively their second home turf.

Gunners will be favourite and on a high after last weekend’s performances, given that NCS, who have played a match less, managed only a draw against the Navy.

Maintaining their winning run and standard of play has been challenging, said Gunners captain Gola Uahongora.

“Due to Covid regulations, we did not even train at all. But ever since we started training [again] , we’ve pushed very hard. We’re happy with the results,” she said.

It was the second defeat of the campaign for the Navy, who cruised to a comfortable 60-36 over Eleven Arrows on Saturday.