Otse Police College and University of Botswana (UB) dominated the just ended 2016 Botswana Tertiary Education Schools Sports Association (BOTESSA) Championships that were staged at Francistown at the weekend.
The games were contested by all tertiary schools across the country divided in three brackets (A, B and C) which are Universities, Colleges and Technical Colleges.
Otse Police College won University of Botswana (UB) 3-1 in the men’s volleyball semifinals enroute to the finals where they dismantled Botho University with 3 straight sets to win gold while UB and Botho both from bracket B settled for Silver and Bronze respectively.
Serowe College of Education under the mentorship of coach Isaac Samuel who coaches the local volleyball giants Kutlwano won the ladies volleyball section ahead of UB and the Institute of Development Management (IDM) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Otse Police College Volleyball coach, Bose Caiphus says they are delighted to have won the volleyball title in their debut of the Botessa games which he attributed to hard work and team spirit that his boys portrayed prior to the games.
“Our game against UB was a closed encounter and my boys played according to instructions despite UB boys being advanced than we are. And in the finals we played straight volleyball. We were attacking because we were wary of the threat that Botho was posing and my centre blockers were on guard and made sure that they don’t concede any goals and indeed they delivered.Botho was a difficult team looking at the fact that they have a couple of players who are playing their trades in the elite league but we managed to contain them from the first set I am happy with my boys performance they did fairly well,” he said.
On her part Refilwe Leburu of Magstimela Volleyball Club who captained Serowe College of Education Volleyball girls says they had to put more efforts in the finals where it was tougher than the bracket stages.
“The college games are more of the same as the elite league in terms of quality. All teams come prepared and they play good volleyball. It’s hard to notice the difference because some of us play in the elite league. My role is to motivate the girls and to lead them in the pitch and we have good working relationship and the team chemistry is of top notch. That’s why we managed to win the title,” added Leburu.
In softball men UB came from behind to demolish Selibe Phikwe Technical College (SPETECO) 6-2 to clinch the title while Police fought hard to settle for Bronze over Francistown Technical College (FCTVE) in a match that was played under a thrilling crowd of ghetto residents who supported their home team. Tlokweng College of Education swept past SPETECO to emerge victorious in a tie that was unpredictable following a tie break that lasted for 37 minutes while FCTVE settled for bronze.
Otse Police College registered their 2nd gold of the tournament through their ladies netball team who registered effortless wins against their rivals ABM University and Limkokwing.
It was all technical colleges finals in the men’s football where Palapye Technical College (PATECO) and Selibe Phikwe Technical College (SPETECO) had only 90 minutes to decide the champions.PATECO won the match 2-1 while SPETECO and IDM settled for silver and bronze.UB women did not have any difficulties in taking the cup back into their trophy cabinet as they triumphed PATECO and BOTHO ladies in football.
Bracket B which entailed the Universities emerged the overall champions of the games after registering a total of 23 medals (13 gold,5 silver and 5 bronze) followed by Bracket A of Colleges with 14 medals (4 gold,2 silver and 8 Bronze) and Bracket C of technical colleges came third with 19 medals (1 gold,11 silver and 4 Bronze).