By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey | Voltaonlinegh.com |
It was mixed feelings for Coach Edwin Tsogbey as his male team, South Tongu Talents (STT) suffered from two losses but female team won their match at the beginning of the Volta Regional Handball League at the Ho Sports Stadium.
Played on Saturday, November 10, the debutants started well against the gala champions, Unique Stars in a give and take affair with the latter taking the lead 17-15 at half time.
The much talked about starter of the second edition of the Volta Regional League lived up to its expectation as the tension kept rising as the match progressed. Unique, also debutants showed class with pace, while Talents exhibited skills and energy in the game which got fans of both sides sitting on tentacles.
Goalkeeper of Unique Stars, Denu Kennedy made the difference and was arguably the Man of the Match as his wonderful saves which denied STT some glorious opportunities, became the talk about for the day in the match that ended 32-35 for Unique Stars.
As if the defeat to Unique Stars was not enough, STT lost in another fierce encounter against Stars of Asha (SOA). Talents started slowly and carefully in a way to study their opponents, but that didn’t really work for them as SOA came all out and started banging in the goals. Talents then opened up and tried to make use of every attack but the defense of SOA with some brilliant saves from their goalkeeper kept the scores 12-18 for SOA at half time.
Fatigue caught up with STT who didn’t give up till the last whistle of the game at 27-36 in favor of Stars of Asha.
In between the two matches, STT female side whipped Mawuko Girls by 35-13. The female side of Talents exerted all their might on Mawuko, who were struggling to find their rhythm. 17-5, a result at recess which got their Coach furious as the girls weren’t playing according to instructions.
Speaking to TalksenseSports after their first taste of the regional league, Edwin Tsogbey said they will bounce back better.
“It was good for me because my boys are learning and so far they have displayed the sense of handball. Their first time playing the regional league, I think the results was good. I knew my girls will beat Mawuko, so no surprises there. But we will bounce back strongly after correcting our mistakes.”
Matches continue on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Ho Sports Stadium. The Organizing Committee of the league is however continuously reminding all managers of clubs as a matter of urgency to pay their affiliation fees GH₵150.00.