Continental hockey title up for grabs

Top players in action

20 May 2019 | Sports

Trish Hammond; Organiser; The under 14 tournament is a first for Africa Cup Inline Hockey and we are all really excited to be hosting this division.

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Some of the world's most prominent inline hockey players will be in action during the third edition of the Inline Hockey Africa Cup at the Dome in Swakopmund from 28 May to 1 June.

Players from Germany, Canada, Brazil, India, Spain, France, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan and Namibia will compete in a pro and under 14 division at the tournament.

Nine teams will compete in the pro division, which will be divided into two pools and eight teams will contest the under 14 category.

“The under 14 tournament is a first for Africa Cup Inline Hockey and we are all really excited to be hosting this division. This year we are also focusing on the spectators. There will be a market with a fun kids’ zone, stalls, food and live music. Expect the spectators to join in on the action and to be called out from their seats to take part and win exciting prizes,” said tournament organiser Trish Hammond.

There will also be an ‘All Star’ game between Team Africa and Team World which will take place after the opening ceremony on 30 May. The game is expected to be one of the highlights of the event.

“Team Africa will consist of the best players from Africa and will mostly be made up of Namibian and South African national players. Team World will be made up of international players from around the world. What makes this game so special, is that of the 100 players in the Africa Cup tournament, the best 20 players will be battling it out between them as members of both teams. ‘All Star’ games tend to be high scoring as the players mostly focus on scoring goals and showing off to the crowd.”

Dare Devils, Buron Warriors, Nam Senior Men and Moose Knuckles are seeded in Pool A of the pro division. Bandits, Namibia Senior Men, Rhinos, Dome Dragons, and Hockeyshop Forster will compete in Pool B. The Dome Dragons are the defending champions. They defeated the Namibia Senior Men team 7-5 in last year’s final. Namibia won the inaugural edition of what is slowly but surely becoming the continent’s most prestigious international tournament in 2017.

The teams that will make up the under 14 category are Ground Rush Adventures, FNB, TV2 Namibia and Pupkewitz von Baum’s, seeded in Pool A. Platz am Meer, Weimann’s Carpentry and WB Hardware are seeded in Pool B.