By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Sonrise Christian Senior High School (SHS) made a double victory on Mawuli School in the week 2 postponed ties of the ongoing Volta Regional Handball League at the Ho Sports Stadium.
Played on Saturday, November 24, the debutants who suffered losses in both Men and Women categories to Ho Technical University (HTU), Stars of Asha, Unique Stars and Mawuko Girls SHS in the gala on October 20, saw off Mawuli in both categories.
With the men game ahead of the women, Sonrise took a 3-0 lead and was leading 10-2 after 13 minutes played. Mawuli came back strongly and reduced their deficit after a time out and a pep talk with their coach. The game went into recess at 12-10 in favour of Sonrise. In the second half, both teams took their chances as Sonrise aimed at widening the gap again. Sonrise then scored 12 more goals to win 24-18, with smiles and jubilation awaiting the outcome of the women game which followed.
Mawuli who had wanted to take revenge for the defeat of their men started pretty well, getting the first goal by the leading attacker Priscilla. Sonrise replied immediately and the game was now balanced with scores at 3 all with 10 minutes played. A charged Sonrise side then put themselves ahead to lead 5-3 until the game became level again at 8 all with Mawuli scoring the 8th goal first in the 21st minute. Sonrise took their lead back and headed for half time, 9-8 on the score board.
Fatigue got Mawuli, who were poor in defense, allowing Sonrise to lead 16-13, 10 minutes into the second half. More goals came for Sonrise, who finished up the game superbly, beating Mawuli by 21-16.
Sonrise women were joint toppers with South Tongu Talents (2 points) while Mawuli and Mawuko had no points.
In the week 3 fixture, HTU finally succumbed to newly formed team, Unique Stars (US) after the former drew first blood in 3 minutes of the 23-37 full time result.
HTU, who had just finished their faculty games this week, had few arsenals for the cagey encounter but couldn’t be a better excuse for their loss to US. It was tight in the first 15 minutes with US leading 11-8. Both goalkeepers performed well with brilliant saves which maintained the intriguing nature of the game with scores standing at 15-12 for US.
Unique Stars were now on a scoring spree, leading 23-15 with 40 minutes of time played as HTU got a goal at a time. 10 minutes later, it was 31-20 with HTU trying to minimize the gap as Adamu Sulley scored 17 goals on the day. HTU did all they could but eventually lost 23-37 to Unique Stars.
Unique Stars are top of the men table with 4 points. Stars of Asha and Sonrise are the other teams with 2 points, while South Tongu Talents, Mawuli and HTU have no point.
The league continues this week at the Ho Sports Stadium with a caution on all managers to pay their affiliation fees.