Wednesday, July 5 2017| NEW ERA SPORT 21 Applauded… Exceptional talent was on offer while the overall competition received kudos from local residents. Staff Reporter Rundu The 2 nd edition of the biannual Red Bull Namibia ‘King of Wato Race’ was a huge success as enthusiastic participants grilled each other showing master class paddling never experienced in that neck of the woods in a long time – much to the delight of the large crowd. Hundreds of water sports lovers converged en masse at the popular Rundu Beach last Sunday to witness one of the great sporting events in the region. Red Bull Namibia has been playing host to the ‘Red Bull King of Wato’ since 2015, a fully-fledged local gathering with the ultimate aim to promote and uplift the traditional wooden mokoros/watos, generally used by the Kavango people on a daily basis for fishing and transportation. Participants came from four different constituencies and in order to claim the Wato paddling wins the day at popular Rundu Beach title entrants were obliged to battle it out in the head-to-head race on the Kavango River using the traditional watos. The race was not short of excitement with strong rivalry leading to an intense and greatly s p i r i t e d s p e c t a c l e . Inaugural champion (2015) Bonifatius Shilima was also in the mix of things to defend his title, but had to surrender his crown with his head held high. After an impressive final round, Makuti Manase (Kavango East) claimed this year’s King of Wato title. The paddling pair of Matheus Masenga and Sam Ndumba from Kavango West and Rundu respectively tailed in after the winner. Great pride… Red Bull Namibia team expressed great satisfaction and feels honoured to have hosted the event in Rundu again, close to the traditional culture of the Kavango people. South Africans dominate ‘Race Wars’ 2017 at Okahandja OKAHANDJA The ‘Race Wars’ drag race with Namibian and South African drivers and riders at the Okahandja airstrip on Saturday saw some of the fastest times on the local motorsport scene. Of the total cars and motorbike entrants, 11 were from South Africa, mostly Cape Town. South African Reece ‘Buddy’ Robertson on his BMW S1000RR bike was the fastest over the quarter mile (about 400m), with a time of 9.48.2 seconds (s) after three attempts of 9.6s and 9.7s. He told Nampa the success was possible after a pit stop. “We changed the chain, the sprockets and tyre pressure to achieve the time,” said the racer, who used a customised machine with an extended framework to reach speeds of over 250 kilometres per hour (km/h). Robertson said this was to prevent the front wheel from lifting at the start, which can be dangerous and costs time. Another South African Zain Ryland, in his Ford XRT8TT, ensured the best time in a motor vehicle when he clocked 10.89.7s. Namibian racer Adam Mohamed and his 1987 Toyota Stallion pickup, dubbed ‘Tolla Bakkie’, recorded 11.55.6s. Mohamed said the track was difficult due to the poor traction but he managed to take on several South Africans with their vehicles that were evidently better equipped. “I had a couple of good runs with the South Africans and it was a good experience for me,” he said. Some of the South Africans, who are used to racing on well-prepared and specially built tracks, were impressed with the runway, apart from the traction at the start and their cars losing power due to the track being so high above sea level. Warren Thomas, one of the organisers, told this reporter they are already planning the next event after the overwhelming response from both spectators and participants. Approximately 2,000 spectators showed up for the ‘drags’. The dates and venue have not been set yet but it will most likely be held at Okahandja again, as it is the only place with an unused airstrip that can be used for drag racing. - Nampa Thrilling action... Reece ‘Buddy’ Robertson from Cape Town in action during the ‘Race Wars’ drag racing event between Namibia and South Africa at the Okahandja airstrip. Photo: Nampa
22 SPORT Wednesday, July 5 2017 | NEW ERA MARIENTAL PK De Villiers from Keetmanshoop on Sunday defied the odds to win the second edition of the annual Inter Regional Games held in Mariental over the weekend. The match against Rooiduin Junior Secondary from Aranos ended zero all in normal time, and went into penalties to determine the winning team of the match which saw Aranos struggle on. The boys from Keetmanshoop showed composure by converting all five spot kicks and won the match 5-4. An exhilarating start to the first half saw Keetmanshoop pin Rooiduin to their half of the field, with PK De Villiers making their intentions clear two minutes into the game. Elroy “Di Maria” Basson made an aggressive kick towards Rooiduin goalkeeper Josef Matheus, who managed to save the ball. The early scare did not deter the Aranos boys’ performance and instead motivated them to the point of Smithley Rooinasie heading wide from a Riaan Guandom cross after 12 minutes. Aranos had three clear goal scoring chances during the first 20 minutes but Matheus was up to the challenge as he denied Basson the scoring opportunities. The first half ended goalless and the second half started with PK De Villiers’ midfielder Roberto Uth PK De Villiers crowned Inter Regional Games champions Photo: Nampa Winners... PK De Villiers Secondary School from Keetmanshoop celebrate winning the annual Inter Regional Games held in Mariental over the weekend. pulling the strings like a seasoned professional. He sprayed the defence with splitting passes to his forwards, who on numerous occasions wasted chance after chance. Both teams continued to play with greater intensity after the restart, but goalscoring chances were few and far between. Ultimately, both teams were forced to settle for a share of the spoils and the winner had to be decided via spot kicks. PK De Villiers was crowned champions for the first time. Prior to the final, the Keetmanshoop school eliminated Mariental High School B team in the quarter-finals by 5 goals to 2 and last year’s winners, Mariental High School A team, 6-5 on penalties after the game ended one all in normal time. Rooiduin made mincemeat of St. Theresse from Tses in the semi-final with a score of 5-2 prior to defeating Omitara Football Academy 3-1 in the quarter final. A total of 48 goals were scored during the weekend. The event will again take place in Mariental next year. – Nampa Swakopmund gets Fisu approval to host Rugby 7s WINDHOEK Swakopmund was recently approved by the International University Sports Federation (Fisu) as fit to host the Rugby Sevens World University Championships next year. The eighth edition of the competition is scheduled for 12 to 14 July 2018. Tertiary Institutes’ Sports Association of Namibia President, Werner Jeffery told Nampa that Fisu executive member Paulo Ferreira and Senior Manager for Fisu Rugby 7s Charles Wessels had just completed the inspection, and gave the town thumbs-up to host the prestigious tournament. “They are excited about what we have to offer, which is something new, something different; we are going to offer them the real African experience,” he said via phone from Swakopmund shortly after the inspection visit. Jeffery said the Swakopmund Stadium will be the playing venue, while the Tamariskia and Vineta stadiums have been approved as training venues. The Dome will host the opening and closing ceremonies. The tournament features the top 10 male and female national university rugby teams. About 16 male teams and 15 female teams are expected to participate. “We expect more than 2 000 people flocking to Swakopmund. We expect them to enjoy sports tourism which includes dune skating, sky diving, desert quad biking and camel riding,” Jeffery said. He added that this year, they would like to see more rugby playing nations from Africa taking part in the tournament, as Namibia was the only representative from the continent in the last games. The seventh edition was held in Swansea, United Kingdom in 2016. – Nampa Photo: Nampa Ready to host... Namibia ended fifth overall out of 14 countries in last year’s edition and went to win the Plate against Italy. Australia won the men’s competition and France the women’s competition.