Clausthaler Mixed Grand Slam '19
Clausthaler Mixed Grand Slam '19
Timeout Beach Series 2019
The first of 7 Timeout Beach Series 2019 events took place over the weekend (23rd Feb 19) at DTS Beach Arena in Windhoek. The CLAUSTHALER Mixed Grand Slam was a gender-equal competition which saw male and female players compete together on the sand and grass, after the success of event for the last three years.
In the 2-a-side categories, teams were composed of one female and one male and the 4-a-side, a minimum of one females on court at all times.
The 4 categories were; Youth (Under 17’s), Mixed Social, Mixed Experienced & 4-a-side Mixed Social.
The huge turnout of 47 teams and an approximate of 170 athletes played throughout the day to become the CLAUSTHALER Mixed Grand Slam Champions, the top three in each category also walked away with bundles of Clausthaler goodies, medals and prize money, kindly sponsored by CLAUSTHALER, supplied by AFRICAN MARKETING NAMIBIA.
In the 2-a-side Youth Mixed competition, 5 teams played a round-robin format for a seeding from 1st - 4th ready for the semi-finals. Silja Utz & Rico Steinfurth went undefeated to go through top, with Julian Horenburg & Marco Utz only losing one game to finish in second.
The first semi-final saw a strong performance from the no 1 ranked team, as they beat Yenik Brinkmann & Glen Gebauer 2:0 to advance to the final. In the second semi-final, Julian & Marco had a little tougher time, but managing to beat Letty Taapopi & Tobias Johanes 2:1 to reach the final.
Letty & Tobias took 3rd place with a 2:0 win over Glen & Yenik. In the final Silja & Rico pulled of an amazing performance to beat Julian & Marco, with a 3-set; 21:14, 15:21 & 16:14 victory to win the Clausthaler Aqua Mixed Youth competition.
The Mixed 4-a-side category saw 18 teams battle it out, in 3 round-robin groups with the top team in each group and the best 3rd & second best 3rd place team filling the quarter-final places. In groups A High Voltage & Manjak Snipers only lost one match each and both advanced to the quarters-finals, the same pattern also happened in group B with 3 latte en n platte & Net Violators also on losing one match. It was much clearer in group C with BDO 1 winning all their pool games and Team Experia only losing one. The last 2 places in the quarter finals were taken by Furious watermelons & Pik n Wyn.
The quarter-finals went to form with High Voltage, Team Experia, Net Violators & BDO 1 all advancing to the semi-finals.
The first semi-final saw High Voltage beat Team Experia 21:15 and booking their place in the final. In the second semi BDO 1 lost to Net Violators 19:21.
The third-place match was won by BDO 1 to win bronze. In the final, we saw Net Violators produced a master class and beat High Voltage to take 1st place and the Clausthaler Mixed Social 4-a-side title.
The 2-a-side Mixed Social competition proved to be very exciting, once again a round robin format with 2 groups, fighting it out to finish in the top 4 places in each group and the chance to play a quarter-final.
The quarter-finals produced some exciting games with 4 teams advancing to the semis; Johanna Andreas & Ronel Maliki, Namene Kandjimi & Taleni Saltiel, Shipanga Wycklif & Sakeus Shaningi and Nattasia Denker & Moritz Lange.
The first semi-final saw Johanna & Maliki beat Natassia & Moritz 15:8 and advance to the final. The second semi- final also saw Taleni & Namene beating Sakeus & Klief 15;14.
3rd place went to Sakeus & Klief with a consistent performance with a close win over Nattasia & Moritz. The final saw a fantastic battle with Johanna & Maliki winning 15:8 to finish top of the podium and Taleni & Namene in second place.
The 2-a-side Mixed Experienced category saw 14 teams playing in 3 groups to find the best 2-a-side mixed team. It was an extremely even category with a huge number of 3-set matches needed to decide most matchup.
With 3 groups, top two from each group going through to the quarter-finals and the other two spaces take by the best 3rd place and second best 3rd place, so everything was to play for.
Group A saw Wendelina Nailonga & Nangolo Fillipus win all their games and finish top and Hannah Reusch & Mutasa Kudakwashe coming second. In Group B, it was a similar story with Almut Hoffmann & Nikolai Glick went through the group stages winning all their games, with second place going to Elina & Eden. Group C once again saw Kudzai Chireka & Panashe Chiguta finish top and Rebbeke & Ishitile Aloisius V. second. The last 2 spaces into the quarter finals were taken by the 2 best 3rd place position out of the 3 groups by; Rosi Hennes & Heiko Prior and Noko & Stevey Kanhandjera
The quarter-finals were an absolute battle and were all won in 2 sets. The teams advancing to the semis finals were; Rosi & Heiko, Wendy & Nangolo, Hannah & Mutasa and Elina & Eden.
The first semi-finals saw Elina & Eden trade beach volleyball blows with Wendy & Nangolo in an amazing demonstration of skill and game play. With the close 3 set match Wendy & Nangolo won to advance to the final winning the semi, 2:1, 11:15, 15:13 & 13:15 and Elina & Eden go into the 3rd/4th place match. In the second semi-final Rosi & Heiko played against Hannah & Mutasa. 3 sets were needed to split the two teams and the more consistent attacking of the Mutasa saw them take the win and advance into the final.
The 3rd place match was a really exciting match with Rosi & Heiko against Elina & Eden. A great battle unfolded with Rosi & Heiko showing their experience and closing out the game 21:13, to take 3rd place.
The final very quickly saw Wendy & Nangolo take a lead with good serve-receive and aggressive attacking options which Hannah & Mutasa were not able to keep up with, and were always a few points behind, giving the opposition no way back into the match. Wendy & Nangolo took the final 21:18 to take the title of CLAUSTHALER Mixed Grand Slam Experienced Champions 2019.
A massive thank you goes to our new tournament sponsor; CLAUSTHALER, supplied by African Marketing Namibia for their contribution and lots of free samples, Clausthaler goodies and prize money. Clausthaler will be sponsor a further 2 Timeout Beach Series 2019 event we are very thankful and excited continue working with them this year.
The Timeout Beach Volleyball Series 2019 makes its second stop at the DTS Beach Arena, Windhoek for the King & Queen of the Beach 2019 on Saturday 6th April 2019.
2-a-side Mixed Experienced - 1st Wendelina Nailonga & Nangolo Fillipus, 2nd Hannah Reusch & Mutasa Kudakwashe, 3rd Rosi Hennes & Heiko Prior.
2-a-side Mixed Social – 1st Taleni Saltiel & Namene Kandjimi, 2nd Johanna Andreas & Ronel Maliki, 3rd Sakeus Shaningi & Shipanga Wycklif
2-a-side Youth (U17) - 1st Silja Utz & Rico Steinfurth, 2nd Julian Horenburg & Marco Utz, 3rd Letty Taapopi & Tobias Johanes
4-a-side Social Mixed – 1st Net Violators, 2nd High Voltage & 3rd BDO 1
Timeout Beach Volleyball Series 2019 still to come:
1. King & Queen of the Beach - 6th April, DTS Beach Arena, Windhoek
2. Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic - 8th June, DTS Beach Arena, Windhoek
3. Clausthaler King of the Court - 27th July, DTS Beach Arena
4. Clausthaler Timeout Kalahari Open - 14th & 15th September, Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm
5. Fabupharm Swakop Masters - 2nd & 3rd November, Mole Beach, Swakopmund
6. Beach Bash Volleyball - 21st December, Langstrand