Top Score 7-A-Side forges ahead

The Top Score 7-A-Side tournament went ahead last Friday at the DTS sports fields in Windhoek, despite only 75 out of a possible 80 teams registering this year.
Ramblers Club Manageress and tournament administrator, Cynthea Balzar, said the 36 games that were featured on the first day were played at a high tempo, as the teams/companies that took part had started practising well in advance.
No matches could be played on Saturday, as the DTS Windhoek Draught Volleyball For All tournament was scheduled on that day at the same venue.
“DTS was hosting their annual Volleyball For All competition on the same weekend as the Top Score 7-A-Side was kicking off, and therefore we only played on Friday, so that it did not conflict with their tournament on Saturday, since we did find in the past that companies take part in both competitions,” Balzar said.
She said that going forward, games would be played on Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting.
“In my view the first games went very well; all the teams were on time and the games finished on time. The turnout of supporters was also good for the first evening,” Balzar said.
The best 30 teams after the initial group matches will go through to the next round, with the start of this knockout phase to be determined by how long the group phase lasts, which can be affected by rain.
Only 14 players can be registered per company or team, and companies with an A and a B team, are expected to wear different colour jerseys.
Balzar said each match lasts only 14 minutes, and while a medic is on standby at the field, companies are expected to take their injured employees to hospital at their own expense.
The tournament, which is strictly for Windhoek-based corporate and social clubs, is scheduled to end in the middle of March.
Two similar tournaments are lined up for the coast and the North in September and June, respectively.
The winners of the Windhoek tournament are set to pocket N$13,000 in prize-money, while the runners-up will receive N$8,000, the third-placed team N$6,500 and the fourth-placed team N$2,500.