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New Era Newspaper Monday February 12, 2018

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22 SPORT Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA Airborne… Veteran rider Marcel Henle executes his trademark trick during an earlier race. Taking a breather... Henner Rusch enjoys a light moment with a marshal. ‘Pee Wees’ ready to ruffle feathers Staff Reporter Windhoek With the bikes and bodies having been given a good rest during the just ended festive season, it’s time to dust off the machines and get the frame back in the gym – the 2018 Enduro season is almost upon us. The 2018 motorbike season promises to be a cracker with open class reigning champion Henner Rusch (KTM) set to battle it out with last year’s runner-up Marcel Henle (KTM). The pair traded victories in the opening four rounds with both riders winning two races apiece. Sadly, the thrilling two-horse battle was abbreviated with Henle picking up an injury while competing in South Africa resulting in missing two consecutive races – thus handing the championship to Rusch on a silver plate. The race for the final podium spot will be equally tight with last year’s third place finisher Corne Visser (Sherco) looking to defend his position against the likes of Heiko Stranghoehner (KTM), Kai Hennes (KTM), Nikkle Visser (Sherco), Gernot Bahr (Husqvarna) and Gunther Gladis (KTM). The Open Class race courses are almost purely single track with very difficult technical sections designed to test both riders and machines to their limit. The Senior Bikes (for riders over 38 years old) will again see a strong field competing. 2017 Champ Joern Greiter (KTM) will look for a repeat of last year’s championship winning performance but will have his hands full with the trio of Werner Wiese (KTM), David Brown (KTM) and Stephan du Plessis (KTM) likely to push him all the way. Rumour also has it that multiple Enduro and Motocross champion Ingo Waldschmidt is pondering making a return to racing in the Senior Class (Senior Bikes completing the same routes as the Open Class, but with one lap less). Class 7 (Support Bikes) could see the crowing of a new champ. With two-time and reigning campion Juergen Gladis(KTM) contemplating a possible move to the Open Class for 2018 this could leave the door open for a new rider to leave their mark. Wayne Schablinski (KTM), Lenny Bagwitz (KTM), Jaco Husselman (Husaberg) and Keanu Weber (KTM) are equally capable of winning races and all stand a good chance to win the Class 7 championship. Meanwhile, Class 7 is an intermediate class with the racecourses offering a mix of technical single tracks and Jeep tracks. Class 10 (Rookie Class) will be crowning a new champion after last year’s champion Keanu Weber and third placed finisher Jaco Husselman both moved up to Class 7. This leaves the quartet of Teddy Kausch (KTM), Francois Theron (KTM), Johan van der Merwe (KTM) or Hanre Myburgh (KTM) to pick up the spoils. Class 10 is an exhibition entry class designed to expose riders to Enduro. Racecourses consist largely of Jeep tracks and sandy riverbeds and due to the large numbers of entries Class 10 is the most popular. It is MX bike friendly and offers good competition to all entrants. Class 11 (Beginner Bikes) is for riders under the age of 14 and as a measure of safety precaution – all riders are to be accompanied by guardians during the races. Last year’s champion Dylan Hilfiker will look to defend his title but Levin Quinger and Andre Barnard will be hot on his heels. This year’s season kicks off on Saturday, with a Fun Enduro on Farm Otjihase. The race format will be a relay with teams being picked at random to ensure fair competition. The track will be exclusively Jeep tracks and all dirt bikes are welcome. Whether competitors have an adventure bike or a PW50, all are welcome. Food and drinks will be available at the race venue and the action kicks off from 07h00. For more info and entries please visit www.namibianenduro.com or visit the Namibian Enduro Club facebook page. How the game of football lured Kordom to the USA Staff Reporter Windhoek Born and raised in Windhoek, Annouscka Kordom took up playing football at the tender age of six for the mere fun of it but to her surprise, she found herself falling in love with the sport, later joining the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Galz and Goals League. She describes her first year in the league as magical as she worked and played with people whose passion for football was so intense it kept her motivated. “The challenges I faced weren’t that much of a concern as my mother and younger sister were around. I struggled more with internal conflict, mostly caused by self-doubt and in the face of excelling both academically and sportswise. “I had little to no confidence in myself and at times, was reluctant to take on new challenges. However, unconditional support aided in me kicking low self-esteem to the kerb and embracing the superstar within,” Kordom says. Playing for Galz and Goals, they were the winners of the Under-15 League for three consecutive years; and she was also part of the Under -14 team that went to Norway in 2009 as well as the Hessequa Cup in the Western Cape, where they emerged as golden cup winners in 2010. Kordom then moved on to play for the Cosasa Under-17s regional tournament, later graduating to JS Academy (now known as Tura Magic ladies) where they won the Women Super League in 2012- 2013, with her walking away with the best young player of the season title in 2015. Following her matriculation at Eldorado High School, she was selected as the most suitable candidate to receive a fully-funded scholarship to Corban University, one of the best private universities in the United States of America, to study a course of her choice for four years. “I switched my major, so now I study both health science and business, with a concentration in marketing and sports management. I made this decision because I want to make a difference in both the business world as well as that of medicine,” Kordom explains. She is one of the international players called up to join the Brave Gladiators, as they face Zimbabwe on the 31st of March at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, in the first leg of the African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers. The other two are Veweziwa Kotjipati and Zenatha Coleman. Jacky Gertze of NFA Women Football says with many people and organisations working towards developing and elevating women football to greater heights, including Kordom’s coach and mentor Likius Hafeni, guiding and correcting her, they are confident Kordom’s expertise will highly contribute in their qualifiers’ match against Zimbabwe. The skillful and bubbly midfielder, who draws her inspiration from support, has high hopes for women football in Namibia. Says Kordom, “I hope for the game to keep on growing and for the Namibian nation to fall even more in love with it. I’ve been in this industry for seven years now and I know how hard people work Going places… Annouscka Kordom, the skillful and bubbly midfielder who holds high hopes for the progress of local women’s football. behind the scenes, in order to make things happen for us. “My biggest wish is for women’s football to gain more support and hopefully we will win a lot of you over on March 31st. We will be there, Sam Nujoma Stadium, show up and it’s a date,” states Kordom. -NFA org .com

Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Excitement mounts for Harders Cup … Second edition launched on Friday Staff Reporter Lüderitz The most anticipated social entertainment sporting gathering in the vast Karas region was successfully launched in the southern harbour town on Friday. Sure, the Harders Cup is back, but only bigger and better than last year’s maiden which proved a huge success, drawing crowds of over 8,000 people to Lüderitz. Officially launching the event, the chief organizer and founder of this noble effort, Tim Ekandjo, explained that this year’s sporting bonanza sees a total of ten teams competing as opposed to last year’s six. “I’m pleased to announce that this year’s edition will see two teams from Keetmanshoop, while one team from Rosh Pinah joins the seven teams in Lüderitz, making this a truly spectacular mouth-watering football tourney,” boasted Ekandjo. Keetmanshoop-based Real Fighters, Orange Rangers and Mountain Rangers (Rosh Pinah) join hosts Atlanta Bucs, Atlantic Stars, Diamond City, Rush Ups, Man United, Pescanova and reigning champions Youngsters from Lüderitz to battle it out for the grand prize of N0,000 for the overall winners. The runners-up will receive N,000 while the third-place finishers walk away with N,000. The golden boot award recipient will be handed N,000. “I’m also pleased to inform you that this year’s Harders Cup Music Bash will see an increased line-up of artistes led by NAMA winners Adora, TBoss & Staika and Gazza, alongside Tulisan and Distruction Bigger… This year’s Harders Cup sporting bonanza sees a total of ten teams competing as opposed to last year’s six. Boyz from South Africa for a truly spectacular musical feast.” The 2018 Harders Cup is to be delivered at a total budget of N,238,500 and so far N0,000 has been secured. “I’m quite confident we can raise the outstanding N8,400 if there is meaningful participation from the business community in Lüderitz and the entire Karas region and on this score I would sincerely like to thank our platinum sponsors Standard Bank (N0,000) and Seaflower (N0,000), Gold sponsors Telecom Namibia and Tafel Lager (N0,000 each), Silver sponsor J&P Group of Companies (N,000), Bronze sponsors Novanam, Coca Cola and Pamoja Records (all N,000), and NamPower and Naftal Trading Enterprises –N,000 each,” Ekandjo added. Officiating at the well-attended launch at the Lüderitz Benguella Community Hall, the mayor of Lüderitz, Hilaria Mukapuli, welcomed the return of the 2nd edition of the Harders Cup. “I was very impressed with the manner in which this initiative was introduced to Lüderitz – well planned and executed and already an overwhelming success in its first year. “I therefore have no doubt that the 2018 event will be even better and I’m happy to note the significant growth in the event’s vision to become a truly regional event, which is an aggressive strategy which mirrors the chief organizer Ekandjo. “As Buchters and people from the Karas region, we must support this event financially as it’s being delivered to all of us free of charge, and all we need to do is show up. “Ekandjo and his equally capable team have shown visionary leadership and commitment towards the real meaning of the word social responsibility and they must be applauded, reads a statement by the event organizers – hence events like this are of vital importance for the promotion of economic growth, job creation and the mitigation of poverty,” said the mayor. The highlight of the launch was the live draw based on a knockout basis. The tourney kicks off on Saturday morning, March 31 with the town’s biggest derby when defending champions Youngsters confront bitter rivals Atlanta Bucs. The two teams share a historic rivalry and the clash of the titans certainly makes for a mouthwatering opener. The draw reads as follows: Knockout stage Match (1) Youngsters vs Atlanta Bucs 08h00 – 09h10 Match (2) Mountain Rangers vs Rush Ups 09h15 – 10h25 Quarterfinals Match (3) Atlantic Stars vs Rush Ups 10h30 – 11h40 Match (4) Man United vs Pescanova 11h45 – 12h55 Match (5) Real Fighters vs Orange Rivers 13h00 – 14h10 Match (6) Winner 1 vsWinner 2 14h15 – 15h25 The final will be played on Sunday, April 1 at 15h00. Craven wins 2018 Nedbank Cycle Challenge WINDHOEK Dan Craven was yesterday crowned the champion of the 2018 Nedbank Cycle Challenge after winning the 100km race in Windhoek in a time of 2:16.02. Drikus Coetzee, who was beaten to the finish line during a sprint, finished in second place with the same time as Craven, while Lotto Petrus who came third had a time of 2:16:08. The race started at Zoo Park with riders cycling along Independence Avenue before joining Hosea Kutako Drive all the way to the Western Bypass. They turned back at the Döbra turn-off to Brakwater before re-joining the bypass at the weighbridge. The route took them to Sam Nujoma Drive where they continued up to Matchless Mine, where they made a U-turn to rejoin the bypass once again before retracing their steps to Zoo Park via Independence Avenue, to finish the race. Speaking to Nampa after the race, Craven said he had a great race and was happy with the challenge he got from his fellow riders. “Lotto and Drikus rode very well, especially after we broke off from the pack when we went into Sam Nujoma Drive. We thought we were clear of the chasing pack and relaxed a bit which made them reduce the gap to us and we decided to increase the tempo which helped in keeping the gap until the finish line,” he said. Till Drobisch won the Nedbank Cycle Challenge in 2017. Vera Adrian won the women’s section of the cycle challenge. She beat defending champion Michelle Voster to the sprint in a time of 02:43:07 to claim top honours in the women’s section. Voster finished the race in 2:43:08, while Michelle Doman finished in third position in a time of 2:51:00. Adrian told Nampa it felt really good to win the race. “I am now more focused on competing in the African Cycling Championships in Rwanda next week,” she said. Over 1,000 cyclists participated in this year’s event, which is in its 33rd year of existence. This year the distances for the challenges were 20km, 30km, 6km and 100km. - Nampa The results for the various distances are as follows: Men’s 60km 1) Justin Vosloo - 1:25:56 2) Schalk van der Merwe - 1:25:57 3) Alexander Miller - 1:25:57 Women’s 60km 1) Jeanne Heunis - 1:29:15 2) Antje Tietz - 1:29:16 3) Mandy Huysamen - 1:29:18 Men’s 30km 1) Shawapwala Eita - 0:54:43 2) Haufiku Ruben - 0:54:58 3) Ivor de Klerk - 0:55:49 Women’s 30km 1) Monique du Plessis - 0:57:06 2) Suleika Heigan- 1:00:06 3) Angelique Rall - 1:02:31 Winning sprint… Namibia’s leading cyclist Dan Craven leads the pack as he sprints to the finish line during the 2018 Nedbank Cycle Challenge in Windhoek. Photo: Nampa

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