Cohen FC’s victory over SKW 1 in the Bank Windhoek Fistball National A League last weekened has defined a rather interesting season.
The team beat defending champions SKW 1 and the team’s setter, Helmo Minz, felt the victory came at a rather timely moment in history.
“We felt very ecstatic to beat SKW 1. Not only because they were defending champions, but the win came at the right time. It has been 20 years since Cohen FC has beaten SKW 1 competitively. The last time we beat them was in 1995,” exclaimed Minz.
The team has significant quality, with national team spiker Tristan Minz having shown good form in the national team’s practice sessions, while Helmo has represented the country at youth international level. That win ensured Cohen FC 1’s qualification to the play-off final, which will take place next month.
“We went into the game very excited. We were delighted to be in first position, and we were fairly confident that we could beat SKW 1. Beating them only motivated us further,” said Minz.
“The beginning was rather frustrating, I have to say. We lost the first round, and had to come from behind to make up for the win”, he added.
He said the journey to the play-off final was not an easy one, with SKW 1 proving to be a thorn in the flesh for the team on more than one occasion.
“Our toughest game this season was against SKW 1 earlier on in the year in the second round. We managed to get a 4-3 win over them, but it was a rather tough game, and we had to dig in our heels to come out victorious,” stressed Minz.
Going into next month’s final, Minz said the team will keep on training hard, but will not get ahead of themselves.
“We will not get too excited. The team will take things as they come, but we are determined to show everyone which is the best team”, he enthused.
Minz is also part of the national team which will represent Namibia at the Fistball World Championships taking place in Córdoba, Argentina in November.
He said with less than four months to go until the competition starts, the team has been stepping up preparatory efforts, with training intensifying.
“We have now started training on Thursdays, too. The training camps are going very well, and around October we will step it up to three days a week.
It is my first time in the men’s category, though I have represented Namibia at youth level before. Last time out, we finished in eighth position in the world, and we would like to improve on that this time around,” said Minz.