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27 June 2012
Entebbe, Uganda, June 20, 2012- The 2012 edition of the Club National Beach Volleyball Championship was yet another season thriller with top teams fiercely facing off during the one day encounter at Lido Beach Resort. The mammoth enrollment of 39 teams meant action was to last the entire day on eight courts ensuring a continuous flow of excitement to the packed waterfront.
Namata Andrina and Tabitha Mercy lived to their billing retaining the title for the 3rd year running to only equal Nuwagaba Sophy who bagged the 2004, 2005, & 2006 championships. The Namata’s stopped promising pair of Nakalema Hafsa / Alobo Prossy in straight sets 21-19, 21-13 to prove skeptics wrong on their evident determination. They had earlier beaten resilient duo of Buyungo shilla and Nambasa Marggie at semifinal 21-17, 21-10 while the Nakalema’s beat Nammanda Josephine & Agaba Diana 21-7, 21-19 in the other semifinal.
The men’s category had some few surprises when the previous two-event finalists met at the quarterfinal stage to deny the other advancement. Defending champions Okello Ambrose and Otim Dickens bowed to an early defeat at the hands of arch rivals Eittit Luke and Kato Emma at quarters going down in an exciting tie-breaker 23-21, 17-21, 10-15.
The Kato/Eittit pair went ahead to halt the stubborn and quickly promising youthful team of Elanyu Emmanual / Okurut John Mark in the semifinal 21-15, 21-12 to date Ainebyona Amon with Omedo Isaac in the men’s final that kept spectators on their feet to the end. Kato/Eittit overcame the pressuring Ainebyona/Omedo pair also in a tiebreaker 21-17, 17-21, 16-14 to lift their maiden championship. The Ainebyona’s had earlier at semifinal ended the two Tamale’s (Gadafi & Richard) dreams in straight sets 21-15, 21-9.
Despite winning the championship Namata A / Tabitha M (250 points) only climbed from seed 5 to seed 3 while Pajije S / Aketch V (270 points) remain thinly perched at the top even though they didn't go past the quarter. Okecho Alice and Buyungo Shilla are tying at the second position with each 260 points in the women's category.
The men’s champion Kato E (340 points) now shares the top spot with partner Eittit L up from seed 2 and seed 6 respectively earned in the previous two events in the season. 2011 champions Otim D and Okello A, who have been at the helm since the season began are now down to the second position with 290 points, closely followed by Ainebyona A with 285 points
The Nile Breweries Sponsored annual event now in its 10th year was a prime opportunity for the National Coach Sam Meya to name his 2012 squad to start preparing for upcoming international events. UVF chief Sadik Nasiwu presided over the awards ceremony where the top four team per gender shared an assortment of cash prizes and trophies.
The next local event shall be the Club National Open on the 8th of July 2012.
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