Dome Dragons Win Epic Final To Secure 2018 Africa Cup Title

The Dome Dragons have won this year’s Africa Cup Inline Hockey Tournament after beating Namibia’s Senior Men national team by 7:5 in front of a capacity crowd at The Dome Swakopmund on Saturday night. The two teams were tied until the last couple of minutes of the game before Alex Wirtz and Shane Kinsella found the back of the net to secure the overall victory for the men in white and blue.

“It was a tough game and both teams played very well. I’m super proud of my boys, they never gave up. And props to the Namibians, they fought very hard”, Dave Hammond, captain of the Dragons, explained after the final whistle.

Namibia had won the inaugural edition of what is slowly but surely becoming the continent’s most prestigious international tournament last year.

Both teams came out flying with the goalkeepers on either side of the field being called to action early on. It was the Namibians that drew first blood when Tiago Kutz opened the scoring after nearly two minutes of play. The Dragons replied shortly thereafter as captain Hammond converted an Alex Wirtz assist. But the equalizer was short lived as the local boys, backed by the majority of fans in attendance, regained their lead through the ever-threatening Wim van der Plas, while Lars Borg made it 3:1 to ignite wild celebrations on the stands.

The screams had barley subsided when the Dragons got a goal back by Kinsella. Namibia restored the 2-goal lead a bit later through van der Plas, but, the two Canadians Kinsella and Hammond, were not going to let their opponents take this lead into the half time and scored in quick succession to draw level.

After the mid-game interval, the finalists fought a relentless battle, but they seemed to have forgotten their precision in the locker room with both failing to score until the Dragons eventually took the lead for the first time after more then 10 minutes through their star player Kinsella. Kutz got one back for Namibia, before Wirtz and Kinsella secured the win. Kinsella was later crowned as MVP of the tournament.

In other action, the Namibian Junior Men came up short against the Dare Devils in the bronze-medal match. German ace Björn Bombis, the most successful forward of the tournament, scored a hattrick to help his team to a 5:3 win.

Overall ranking:

  1. Dome Dragons
  2. Namibia Senior Men
  3. Dare Devils
  4. Namibia Junior Men
  5. Moos Knuckles
  6. Peregrine Falcons
  7. Rhinos