Pro Beach Games to return to Long Beach

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Modish Sports will host the second edition of the Pro Beach Games at Long Beach this weekend.
Nikanor Nangolo

The sports promotion and management company Modish Sports (MS) will host the second edition of its Pro Beach Games at Long Beach on 26 November.

The winners of the volleyball competition will walk away with N$3 000 (registration N$1 700), the soccer champions will pocket N$4 000 (registration N$1 700), the winners of the tennis competition will receive N$3 000 (registration N$1 000) and the rugby competition winners N$4 000 (registration N$1 700).

"We are using a format of three a side (with one reserve) for volleyball, five on-field player with two reserves format for the rugby (touch-rugby and not contact). This will be the same for the football tournament. This time around, we introduced tennis, however we might need to review or cancel it as the response have not been positive. It is something we would love to do and promote as much as possible," explained Willibard Angula, the founder of Modish Sports .

Angula said that MS is continuing with its long long-term vision to promote and grow sports in Namibia; especially the beach games. "This will also be the second edition of these games. Our expectations are straight forward. Hosting the first edition of this event was quite challenging but we managed to pull through. This time around, we want to up the stakes and have fun. The aim is to establish ourselves locally and to work with sporting federations. We are also planning on opening a Tennis and Rugby Academy in Windhoek and Walvis Bay."

The inuagural edition of the Pro Beach Games took place in April this year. The outdoor event accommodated 11 teams with players from Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Football teams competed on a home and away system. Benguela Petroleum Supplies (BPS) played and defeated Namport (NPC) in the final. BPS captain Zahilth Katiti said that he had faith in his team. “We gave our best and I knew my team was not going to let me down.” In the first game (home) BPS defeated Namport with 1-0. Samuel Geingoaseb found the back of the net. The second game (away) finished 0-0.

Namport played Coastal Vets in the final of the volleyball competition. Namport dominated and clinched the first set 25-17. Coastal Vets hit back and took the second set 25-23. Namport launched well-coordinated attacks and raced to a 15-7 victory in the final set. Namport captain Shalom Nakashindo said that they have been training hard for the competition and that their victory reflects how much work they have been putting in.

Ondukua Engineering Solutions (OES) defeated Team Lloyd with 12 – 8 in the rugby compettion. All points were scored in the first half with Sheiton Besser and Mitchell Coetzee being the star players for Ondukua Engineering Solutions. Angelo Pamplin put a a spirited display for Team Lloyd.

Angula called on the locals from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Arandis to attend and support the initiative which stems from a sports fanatic that witnessed top Namibian talent go to waste due to a lack of finances, parental support and opportunities. "MS believes when sports are utilized well, it can be a catalyst to turn around an ailing economy like ours, with or without governmental support. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. The event will kick off from 10:00 am to 18:00 and those that would love to participate can always get in touch via our email: [email protected] or alternatively call +264 81 125 0044."

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