Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 2019
Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic '19
Timeout Beach Series 2019
DTS Beach Arena
The third of 7 Timeout Beach Series 2019 events took place on Sunday at DTS Beach Arena, Windhoek. The Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 2019 saw a huge turnout of over 100 athletes participate in 4 categories; 2-a-side Men’s, Ladies, Social, and 4-a-side Social Mixed.
The 31 teams weren’t just playing to become the Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 2019 Champions; they were also fighting for a cash prize pot, divided between each category, kindly sponsored once again by RETIREMENT FUND SOLUTIONS.
The Mixed 4-a-side category saw 8 teams battle it out, in a round-robin format. It was very closely contested for gold and silver medals with High Voltage & Phoenix winning all 3 pool games. They met in the final with an epic battle, taking 3 sets to divide them, final score was 2:1, 18:21, 21:15 7 15:8. Phoenix won the match leaving High voltage in 2nd place. Wildcats finished in 3rd beating Net Worth 2:0, 21:9 & 22:20 becoming Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic 4-a-side social mixed champions.
The 2-a-side Social competition, a 2-group round robin format was played with 10 teams.
The first semi-final saw Nikolai Pfeifer & Jörn Lüsse beat Jan Jenson & JP Jooste 21:9 and advance to the final. The second semi- final saw Michael Fente & Lars Fischer beat André Utz & Kai Dedig
3rd place went to Jan & JP with a consistent performance with a 21:15 win over André & Kai. As the sun started to set the final was ready to take place. Right from the start it was a tight match, with Michael & Lars beating Nikolai & Jörn winning 21:19 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 to decide the champions. It was very close between 4 of the teams, and some tight matches eventually saw Hannah Reusch & Kudzai Chiguta finishing second & Hendrina Lindongo & Frieda coming 3rd.
Rosi Hennes & Almut Hoffmann won all 4 games whist only dropping one set and becoming the Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic Ladies Champions 2019. This is now Rosi’s third RFS Winter Classic tournament title in a row.
The Men’s category, 8 teams, split between 2 groups, played pool matches to move into the knockout stages. In group A, Nantangwe Kambala & Asser won all three pool matches to advance. It was much closer in group B, with Tony Oraapeleng & Nonofo Motswetla (from Botswana) and Stefanus Kangandjera & Bernhard Schurz both winning 2 of the 3 pool games.
The first semi-final saw Tony & Nonofo playing Damian Schreiber & Andriko Böhringer, winning 2:1, 22:20, 18:21 & 15:12. The second semi saw a convincing win for Stefanus & Bernhard over Nikolai Gilck & Conrad Johannes, 2:0, 21:18 & 27:25.
The bronze medal went to Damian & Andriko after a great performance over Nikolai & Conrad, winning the match 2:1, 18:21, 21:9 & 15:9.
The much-anticipated Men’s Final took place in under the floodlights during another beautiful sunset and in front of a large, noisy crowd. The first set was a tense, close affair, with both teams trading points. Eventually Tony & Nonofo opened up a two-point lead, which they held to the end, winning 27:25.
The second set followed a similar pattern. Stefanus & Bernhard tried everything, and managed to take the second set 21:19.
The final set saw Stefanus & Bernhard take charge of the game and slowly open a gap in the scoring and winning the set and the match 2:1, 25:27, 21:19 & 15:8 and becoming the Men’s Retirement Fund Solutions Winter Classic Championship 2019.
The Timeout Beach Series 2019 makes its fourth stop of the year at DTS Beach Arena for the Clausthaler King of the Court 2019 in July.
Ladies 2-a-side: 1st Rosi Hennes & Almut Hoffmann, 2nd Hannah Reusch & Kudzai Chiguta, 3rd Hendrina Lindongo & Frieda.
Men’s 2-a-side: 1st Steve Kangandgera & Bernhard Schurz, 2nd Tony Oraapeleng & Nonofo Motswetla, 3rd Damian Schreiber & Andriko Böhringer.
Social 2-a-side: 1st Michael Fente & Lars Fischer, 2nd Nikolai Pfeifer & Jörn Lüsse, 3rd Jan Jenson & JP Jooste.
Mixed 4-a-side: 1st Phoenix, 2nd High Voltage, 3rd Wildcats
Timeout Beach Volleyball Series 2019
1. Clausthaler King of the Court - 27th July, DTS Beach Arena
2. Clausthaler Kalahari Open - 14th & 15th September, Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm
3. Fabupharm Swakop Masters - 2nd & 3rd November, Mole Beach, Swakopmund
4. Bank Windhoek Beach Bash Volleyball - 21st December, Langstrand