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Youngest hockey player shines in Berlin .. as team arrives home today

by Kelvin Chiringa

The Namibian women indoors hockey team’s youngest player, 16-year-old Kiana Cormack-Che stole the limelight and propped the country’s name on the map when she scooped the top goal-scorer medal at the prestigious world cup in Berlin recently.

The games commenced last week from the 7th to the 11th and Namibia managed to put up the best performance against world class top ten rated hockey giants.

Despite having failed to make it to the quarter finals, however, the girls left an indelible mark in Europe with Cormack exhibiting brilliant mastery of the hockey stick and frustrating opponents with spectacular goals.

Her game play was above board, and buoyed by her team which ended the high profile event in high spirits, Cormack proved that the game has no age and world cup-experience.

Berlin was her first ever world cup stint and prior to the games, she told The Villager Sport that even though she had nerves, she was entering the games for the fun of it.

The agile athlete shook the nets with brilliant shots that added up to a clean nine goals in only six matches, thus leading the top three goal scorers (at par with Yana Vorushylo of Ukraine) with Poland’s Marlena Rybacha trailing behind with eight goals.

Winning the games was unrealistic for Cormack, who spoke on record in an exclusive interview yet she was aware everything was possible.

Coming from a family of hockey enthusiasts, with a mother and a sister that have been to the world arena, Cormack said she would represent her family name and country, and she just did that. 

“We played 6 games, won 2; drew 2 and lost 2. At the 2011 Indoor Hockey World Cup we finished 10th. We also have a joint Top Goal Scorer with 9 goals Kiana Cormack (16 years old),” said coach Erwin Handura.

He also confirmed that the girls will be making their touch down in Namibia, in the morning at 07:30am.

Namibia was positioned in Pool B and lost to the Czech Republic (6-2), lost to Germany (12-0), drew against Australia (3-3), beat Ukraine (3-2), beat the U.S on penalty shoots and drew with Russia (5-5).

The Namibians were poised to land in the quarter finals but they were stopped in their tracks by the Russians who fought to death after they experienced crushing losses only to gain a point.