Timeout Kalahari Open 2018
Timeout Kalahari Open 2018
Timeout Beach Series 2018
Tivoli Southern Sky Guest farm
The fifth of 7 Timeout Beach Series 2018 events took place last Saturday at Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm. The Timeout Kalahari Open 2018 was the fourth time a competition has been held at the guest farm, after the huge success of the tournament every year since 2015.
The 3 categories were: 2-a-side Men’s, Ladies & Social.
The 20 teams weren’t just playing for becoming the Kalahari Open Champions; they were also fighting for cash prize money, sponsored by TIMEOUT BEACH VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY.
Kalahari dune sand had been especially transported in in 2015 to make the three unique beach volleyball courts especially for these events. “The Schreiber family (Reinhold, Kirsten, Dennis & Damian) have worked extremely hard to prepare for this year’s event, with tons of sand being transported from the nearby Kalahari dune, which I am very thank full to them for all their efforts” said James Verrinder, Technical Director of Timeout Beach Series. “This tournament is a unique opportunity to play beach volleyball on a farm, in a stunning location, away from the city and beautiful red Kalahari sand between your toes, what more do you need from a sport” Mr Verrinder continued.
In the social category, 6 teams battled it out in a round robin format to try and reach the final on Sunday. In a very close competition 2 teams emerged the strongest and both moved to the semi-finals. Abiatar Andreas & Gidoen Shikesho and Lars Fischer & Michael Vente, showed great control of the ball with Abiatar & Gideon winning all 5 of their pool games.
The first semi-final saw Abiatar & Gideon take on Steffi Foertch & Jay-Cee Lourens. After 3 exciting sets of beach volleyball Abiatar & Gideon advanced to the Social final and Steffi & Jay-Cee to play for 3rd / 4th place (21:8, 13:21 & 15:10). The second semi-final also went 3 sets with father and son, Torsten & Julian Horenburg taking a dramatic victory over Lara & Michael. The match finished 19:21, 21;11 & 15:13 in favour of the Horenburg’s.
The match for 3rd place saw Steffi & Jay-Cee fight hard and a very close match finished 2:0 with Lars & Michael finishing just ahead and taking 3rd place.
The final proved to a very exciting match with Abiatar & Gideon, looking confident after winning all their pool matches. But Julian, who is only 12 years old from Khomas Region, playing his first every tournament final and father Torsten, weren’t going to let them take it easily. The lead changed several times but Abiatar & Gideon pulled away from 17:17 to win the first set 21:18 and then the second set 21:14 to become Social Champions.
The ladies’ competition brought together 6 teams fight for the title. The pool play saw Rosi Hennes & Simone von Wietersheim win all five of their matches and advancing to the semi-finals. Kim Seebach & Almut Hoffmann also advanced, only losing one match in a three-set epic against Rosi & Simone.
The semis went to the form book with Rosi & Simone beating Wendy Kanangolo & Anna 2:0 in the first semi and Kim & Almut winning over Cathy Thomas & Hendrina Lindongo 2:0 in the second semi.
The 3rd place match was a very close affair, with Cathy & Hendrine taking both set and winning bronze 21:16, 21:18.
The final saw 4 of the most experienced beach volleyball players in Namibia go head-to-head one more time and they didn’t disappoint. Kim showed her experience with a few strong attacks and she & Almut took the first set 21:18. In the second Rosi & Simone dug deep and found some great defensive moves that earned some valuable points to keep up with the consistency of Kim & Almut. At the business end of the set the pressure told and Rosi & Simone pulled away and took the second set 21:16. The third and final set was a battle right to the end with Rosi & Simone pulling away to take the set and the match 2:0, 18:21, 21:16 & 15:11 to become Timeout Kalahari Open Champions 2018.
The men’s competition consisted of 8 teams, divided into two pools, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals. The team of Bernhard Schurz & Jan-Eric Sack looked good as they won all their pool games in pool B. The second place in group B had to be decided by points difference after the remaining 3 teams all won one game and lost two. Rico Kuehnle-Kreitz & Thilo Wilckens finished 2nd in the pool with -2 points deference. The other semi-finalist were Nikolai Glick & Clemens and Salomo & Philip who won 2 matches each in pool A.
The first semi-final was won by Salomo & Philip 2:0 and the second semi was won by Bernhard & Jan-Eric 2:0 to set up a very exciting Final. In the 3rd place match saw Rico & Thilo play a very controlled game and took the bronze medal, winning 21:16, 21:15.
The final saw a strong performance from Bernhard & Jan-Eric who took the first set 21:12. The second set saw the lead go one way then the other, finally the paring of Bernhard & Jan-Eric got a 2-point break and didn’t look back winning the final set and the match 2:0 – 21:12, 21:13 and take the men’s title of Timeout Kalahari Open Men’s Champions 2018.
Massive thanks go to our tournament Sponsor; TIMEOUT BEACH VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY sponsoring prize money and medals.
The Timeout Beach Series 2018 makes its sixth stop at Mole Beach, Swakopmund for the Fabupharm Swakop Masters on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November 2018.
1st Bernhard Schurz & Jan-Eric Sack
2nd Salomo (Owen) & Philip
3rd Rico Kuehnle-Kreitz & Thilo Wilckens
1st Rosi Hennes & Simone von Wietersheim
2nd Kim Seebach & Almut Hoffmann
3rd Cathy Thomas & Hendrina Lindongo
1st Abiatar Andreas & Gidoen Shikesho
2nd Julian (12 years old) & Torsten Horenburg
3rd Lars Fischer & Michael Vente
The Timeout Beach Series 2018 remaining dates are:
Fabupharm Swakop Masters
3 & 4 November 2018, Mole Beach Swakopmund
Bank Windhoek Volleyball at the Beach Bash
22nd December 2018, Langstrand, Erongo