Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 2017
Timeout Beach Series 2017
Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic
Saturday 8th April 2017
The third of 6 Timeout Beach Volleyball Series 2017 events took place on Saturday at DTS Beach Arena, Windhoek. The Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 2017 saw a massive turnout of over 100 athletes participate in 5 categories; 2-a-side Men’s, Ladies, Social, Youth and 4-a-side Mixed Social.
The 32 teams weren’t just playing to become the Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 2017 Champions; they were also fighting for a prize pot of N$10,000 in total, divided between each category, kindly sponsored by RETIREMENT FUND SOLUTIONS.
The Mixed 4-a-side category saw 7 teams battle it out, in a round-robin format. In a very closely contested category, RFS Dream Team & Letshego Bank B only won one game each, holding up the bottom of the table. Ball Busters and Tura Mafias ended with 3 wins each and finishing 4th & 5th respectively. It was very tight for silver and bronze medals with Phoenix & Letshego Bank A, taking 3 wins each, but on points difference Phoenix took 2nd place with much superior points difference, leaving Letshego Bank A in 3rd. The clear winner in the 4-a-side category was Spikolohics, winning all their 6 matches without dropping a single set and becoming Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 4-a-side champions.
In the 2-a-side Youth Mixed competition, 4 teams played a double round-robin format, giving each team 6 games during the day. The brother and sister combination of Nicole & Jens Sindelgruber finished in 4th after fighting hard but not able to find a win. Christof Serrer and Jovanka Metzger secured the bronze medal by winning half of their matches and including being the only team to beat the eventual winners. Ricco Seebach & Lara Fischer won 4 out of 6 matches and finished in 2nd place behind Mirco Kriess and Kyara Leuschner, who dominated the category by only losing one match, and taking the gold medal.
The 2-a-side Social competition, once again a round robin format was played with 8 teams, split into two groups, fighting it out to finish in the top 2 and the chance to play a semi-final.
Very quickly in Group A, 2 teams showed great form with Tobias Mwatelulo & Salomo Uugulu going undefeated and Michi & Andriko Boehringer only losing one match to move into the semi- finals. In Group B, it was much tighter affair 3 teams winning 2 out of 3 matches and the top 2 positions being decided by points difference. Stephan Kirsten & Niklas Nolten finished top of the group with +25-point average and Niklas Gerber & Nino Leicher taking 2nd place in the pool with -3 points differences.
In the pool stages, we unfortunately had an injury to Jan Jenson, injuring his ankle in a challenge for the ball at the net. We at Timeout Beach Series 2017 and all the teams at the Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the sand very soon.
The first semi-final saw Tobias & Salomo beat Niklas & Nino 2:0 and advance to the final. The second semi- final also only took 2 sets with Michi & Andriko beating Stephan & Niklas.
3rd place went to Stephan & Niklas with a consistent performance with a 2:0 win over Niklas & Nino. As the sun started to set the final was ready to take place. Right from the start it was a tight match and It took 3 sets to separate the teams, with Tobia & Salomo beating Andriko & Michi winning 2:1, 15:14, 6:15, 15:12 to finish top of the podium.
The Ladies category saw 5 teams playing through the day to find the best 2-a-side ladies team. The ladies played a round robin format with the top 2 teams playing a final. Rosi Hennes & Simone von Weitesheim won all 4 pool games and qualified as favourite in the final. It was much closer with the other 4 teams, and some close matches eventually saw the teams of Carmen Diekmann & Michi Boehringer, who only formed that morning due to illness of Carmen original partner, with 3 out of their 4 matches and advance to the final against Rosi & Simone.
The 3rd place went to Carmen Curschmann & Ranjana Metzger, who won 2 out of the 4 pool matches.
In the final Rosi & Simone continued their dominance with a strong 2:0 win over Carmen & Michi and becoming the Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic Ladies Champions 2017. This is now Rosi’s second tournament win in the Timeout Beach Series 2017 and puts her clear in the overall Series standings.
Special mention should go to Michi Boehringer who played in both the Ladies & Social 2-a-side competitions and made it to both finals and unfortunately finishing 2nd in them both. But a super human effort from her as she played 10 matched during the day, what an amazing athlete!
The Men’s category, like the social 2-a-side, saw 8 teams, split between 2 groups, play pool matches to determine the semi-finals. Group A finally saw the partnership of the twins Daniel & Fabian Pfeifer back on court after Daniel’s knee operation and rehab. They last played together representing Namibia in the U19 World Championship in Cyprus in July 2016. The brothers comfortably won all three pool matches to advance to the semi’s. the second semi-final spot went to Klaus Streiwe and Damian Schreiber after they won 2 out of 3 pool matches only losing to the twins.
In Group B, Christain Scholze and Heiko Prior won all their matches without dropping a set while Stephan Kirsten & Conrad Johannes only lost one match to Chris & Heiko and they both advanced to the semi-finals.
The first semi-final saw Daniel & Fabian out play Stephan & Conrad, winning 2:0, 15:9, & 15:10. The second semi also saw 2:0 win for Chris & Heiko over Klaus and Damian.
The bronze medal went to Klaus & Damian after a great performance over Stephan & Conrad, winning the match 2:0, 21:11 & 21:17.
The much-anticipated Men’s Final took place in front of another beautiful sunset and a large, noisy crowd. The first set was a tense, close affair, with both teams trading points. Eventually the twins opened up a three-point lead, which they held to the end, winning 21:18.
The second set swung the other way with Chris and Heiko digging deep and finding their form again and took the second set 21:12. This set up an exciting third set, once again, point for point. The twins hustled hard and managed to make a few great defensive moves and took a couple of points in a row. This was the turning point and they never looked back and took the set 15:11 and the match 2:1 and the Men’s Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic Championship. This is Daniel & Fabian first title together and I’m sure won’t be the last for these very special athletes.
A massive ‘Thank You’ goes to our tournament Sponsor; RETIREMENT FUND SOLUTIONS for their sponsorship of this event.
The Timeout Beach Volleyball Series 2017 makes its fourth stop of the year at DTS Beach Arena for the Timeout King of the Court 2017 on 13th August 2017.
1st Rosi Hennes & Simone von Weitesheim,
2nd Michi Boehringer & Carmen Diekmann,
3rd Carmen Curschmann & Ranjana Metzger
1st Daniel & Fabian Pfeifer,
2nd Christian Scholze & Heiko Prior,
3rd Klaus Streiwe & Damian Schreiber.
1st Tobias Mwatelulo & Salomo Uugulu,
2nd Michi & Andriko Boehringer,
3rd Stephan Kirsten & Niklas Nolten.
1st Mirco Kriess & Kyara Leuschner
2nd Ricco Seebach & Lara Fischer
3rd Christof Serrer & Jovanka Metzger.
3rd Letshego Bank A