The tides seem getting too high in 2012 Monolux Paints 11 aside Hockey League as teams find the going tough than imagined.
Despite registering some walkovers with some teams forfeiting points for coming late or not turning up, the league, in its third week running, has proven to be very spirited especially in women’s category where four out of six registered teams share the top spot.
Braves, Genetrix, Scorpions and Sports Complex (Simba) lead the table with four points apiece with equal goals. However, Scorpions and Simba have a game each in hand. Falcons and Nyala McCoy are trailing on the bottom with single point each.
And in men’s class, Genetrix leads the table with six points from two games followed by Braves and Falcons on second position with three points each and a game in hand as well. Nyasa and Scorpions are on bottom with two points apiece.
On Saturday Nyala women team forfeited maximum points to Genetrix for turning up late just as last weekend Falcons men team gave up points for Braves.
With four weeks to the end of first round, the tides seem unpredictable as to who the odds would favour considering how competitive the games are as measured by difference in goal margins scored in each fixture.
The teams in both categories are competing under Round Robin format and that prizes will only be awarded to the top three in each category. With K300, 000 as prize money for both men and women categories, it is yet to be seen who will the pocket the cash.
Meanwhile, Hockey Association of Malawi (HAM) has announced that all league games will be played at Blantyre Sports Club, a shift from usual venue, Limbe Country Club.
“There are renovations taking place at Limbe Country Club and also the place was in most weekends booked for weddings and other events which usually put us in trick position. So we have shifted to Blantyre Sports Club which is also a good venue for the sport,” said HAM vice secretary, Wanthaza Mughogho.