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New Era Newspaper 30/06/2017

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Vol22No226

38 SPORT Friday, June

38 SPORT Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA Skote Petoors... Local jockeys will test their strength against their more experienced South African counterparts at the much-anticipated Naris Turf Club July Handicap at the Rehoboth Turf Club racetrack tomorrow. Horses gallop at Reho Turf Club this weekend Carlos Kambaekwa Rehoboth If you live in or near the capital Windhoek and you are bored, please don’t despair. Holed up approximately 90 kilometers south of the city of bright lights (Windhoek) the town of Rehoboth is the ideal place to be as the Naris Turf Club KMC hosts its annual July Handicap tomorrow, at the Rehoboth Turf Club racetrack outside the town. Several locally bred and thoroughbred horses from neigbouring South Africa and their respective jockeys are to saddle up for another NOTICE day of excitement. With no less than eight categories on display, horse enthusiasts can expect fireworks from the adrenaline-pumping 2,200m race compete for supremacy. Back to Bowler from the Junius Racing stable is hot favourite alongside Castle Rock of Freygang Diergaardt, while Ill Tanga (Norii Kaanjuka) and Timo and Sons’ Shadaloo could also cause a surprise in the race. Action gets underway at 12h45 with the Maiden 1,000m sprint to be followed by the Graduation 1,000m sprint in both the A and D divisions. Later, horses are to grill each other in the longer 1,600m, 1,800m and 2,200m races respectively where boys are to be separated from the men. A record number of sixty horses and their jockeys will line up for the mouth-watering one-day gathering with entrants from as far as Cape Town (South Africa) Gobabis, Okamatapati, Omaruru, Keetmanshoop, Aminuis, Windhoek and hosts Rehoboth. NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE SUPPLIERS REQUEST FOR SUBMISSION OF COMPANY PROFILES FOR THE PROVISION OF GOODS, WORKS AND SERVICES Registered companies should attach the following documents:- NQA may in exercising its rights: The closing date for submission is Friday, 28 th July 2017 at 12h00 Enquiries: Ms Elise Teofelus – Tel. 061-384 165 Corporate volleyball takes shape in Oshakati Shipi Elago Oshakati Oshakati Independence Stadium will be a hive of activity tomorrow morning when local companies grill each other for top honours in the eagerly awaited Volleyball for All Tourney, held under the auspices of the Far Northern Volleyball Association (NVA), the event proudly spnsored by FNB Namibia Northern Branch. FNB Namibia has committed N, 000 for the one-day tourney that has attracted a record number of 18 companies from Oshakati and adjacent towns. Chairman of the NVA Mwita Sikopo expressed his gratitude towards the sponsors during the unveiling of the tourney at Ongwediva earlier this week. In group A, Indongo Toyota A take on Northern Media Team in what for the newcomers before Oshana Regional Council confront DAPP in the same group. Oshakati Teachers, Bank of Namibia, Ondangwa Town Council and Old Mutual are to contest Pool B in what many describe as the group of death. Group C sees Pupkewitz Toyota, FNB Ongwediva, Indongo Toyota B , FNB Far North and Oshakati FNB locking horns. led by Outapi FNB, Nedbank and Ondangwa FNB branches team up with Trustco and Pupkewitz Nissan to complete the line-up, with the top two top teams from each group pro- Sikopo highlighted the formation of the envisaged Corporate Volleyball League slated for next year that will see local companies compete against each other on a monthly basis with the overall winner and runner-up to join teams from Windhoek to compete in the elite league. Matches start tomorrow morning at 08h00 and Sikopo urged teams to be punctual as failure to adhere to the request could result in the teams forfeiting points if they arrive even 5 minutes late.

Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 39 Ode to departed football hero, Don Corbett 1943- 2017 - Gone but not forgotten… joyous mood during the emotional Golden Oldies Carlos ‘CK’ Kambaekwa Walvis Bay Don Corbett was born Scotland and growing up in his birthplace it was only obvious that the highly gifted youngster would turn out for his boyhood team. erwell’s youth teams and by already a much adored valuable member of the Scottish With professional football taking shape in faraway South Africa, young Don could not resist the challenge of starting afresh on foreign territory. He packed his bags joining an exodus of young footballers from that neck of the woods, inclduing players from Ireland and England, who headed down South to seek greener pastures on the African continent. and wanted to travel abroad to experience new challenges. There were a number of good footballers from Liverpool and Southampton and I thought why not give it a try and see how things visited him at his home in Walvis Bay a few years ago. rican continent was Eastern Province in South Africa where he joined Port Elizabeth professional outfit The seasiders were a midtable side living in the shadows of their more illustrious opponents Highlands Park, Cape Town City, Durban City, Jewish Guild and Hellenic in the highly competi- always instilled fear into their opponents with their Don’s presence in the Ap- transformed the fairly average team into formidable competitors as the bowlegged dribbling wizard led the unfashionable coastal able results during the two seasons he spent there. The squad boasted a footballers such as John Dennis Cunningham, Thomas Kollias, Kenny Casta Linardos, Dimitri Dounias and John Pryde. After two seasons in the colours of the Port Elizabeth cided to hit the road to South West Africa (SWA) only to resurface in Windhoek. An ardent football fanatic, Don could not resist the chance of going out and watch a local football derby featuring traditional rivals Ramblers and Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) - and as they say, the rest is history. “One bloke, a diehard Ramblers supporter was seated next to me and probably realized from my body language that I was a footballer. He asked me whether I was one, to which I responded in the The man turned out to be Helmuth Durseweit, a trusted Rammies follower. “He politely asked me whether I could be interested in joining Ramblers. Well, I thought this will be another good opportunity to This was the start of a new life for the highly talented tricky Scottish mid- to league and cup glory in only his debut season with the Tunchel Street Boys. “It was a great season and I can clearly visualize our last league match that year – we needed an avalanche of goals in our last match against Swakopmund FC to topple our rivals SKW at the post in The Don Corbett-inspired Rammies massacred claim the elusive league title on goal difference, leading year drought for a league trophy. Ramblers defended their league title successfully the following season to eventually gain promotion to South Africa’s second tier semi-professional league, which culminated in the birth of Windhoek City. Don developed itchy feet and headed north-east to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) at the invitation of a friend to join Salisbury (Harare) “The standard of football in Rhodesia was much higher because football was already multi-racial in that Captain Fantastic… Former Windhoek City and Ramblers FC mercurial mid- White counterparts in 1975. country. We had two players from Scotland, a few local white guys but the majority of the squad members comprised of black footballers After one season, Don made a quick retreat to his adopted country and rejoined Ramblers as player-coach. and propelled Ramblers to league triumph again upon his return. In the meantime, he would feature for Windhoek City where he played alongside Hasso Ahrens, Bob Koudel- Wagner, Siggy Anderson, Ian Wood, George Hill, Ronnie Hoole, Gunter Hellinghausen and Karl-Heinz Steinfurth (Steini). Don won every available cup on offer in the domestic league with the rejuvenated Ramblers in the intervening years as player coach. When the country’s foot- segregation to stage a football match that would pit the South West Africa White Eleven and their Black coun- deservedly given the captain’s armband in the historic exhibition match. His near faultless display in the middle of the park alongside the De Gouveia brothers Carlos and Ivo inspired the Whites Eleven the Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Stephanus-skippered Black Eleven in front of a capacity crowd at the Suidwes Rugby Stadium in Windhoek. Paul Carstens’ brace against the late Lewa Awaseb in goal proved to be the difference in a closely contested tie that saw the Blacks have their more direct but wellorganized opponents chasing shadows for the better part of an otherwise entertaining encounter with their slick display. netted the only goal for the Blacks but turned from hero to villain when his secondhalf penalty was brilliantly blocked by the late Vic Lovell to hand the Whites a narrow “In all honesty, the blacks possessed great individual skill but since the bulk of the players in our squad were from both Ramblers and SKW – we played more as a unit and that won us the match. “It was a great game since both sets of players went out there to play football and enjoy the game in a good spirit. In the long run, football turned out to be the ultimate Don was deservedly voted Sportsman of the Year in the same year he skippered the SWA Whites Eleven . He also went on to captain the team in the lily-white SWA Football Invitational team that represented the country in the annual South African Provincial Currie Cup in Durban the following year. He spoke fondly of former teammates Hasso Ahrens, Gunter Hellinghausen, Werner Sasse and Corky Horstemkhe and still had fond memories of his countless derbies between Ramblers and SKW. Sadly, the long awaited introduction of multi-racial football in the the apartheid SWA came too late as he was getting a bit long in the tooth by the time and had to call it quits as his advanced age deprived him of an ideal platform to showcase his godgiven talent and unmatched football skills against the country’s best footballers. The late Don met his gorgeous spouse Bev in Windhoek during his playing days with Windhoek City. However, the childless pair relocated to Walvis Bay, where they happily spent their advancing existence on earth soul rest in eternal peace.

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