Day One of this year’s Fresher’s games ended with Unity Hall (Continental) coming out on top in the football competition over Republic Hall. The second day promised more action with volleyball and women’s basketball on the menu.
Hostilities were renewed as Independence Hall took on Unity Hall, who looked at replicating the success of the soccer team. The match started in a frenzy mood where the Continentals quickly stamped their authority with a 5-1 lead.
The first set continued on that trajectory as Unity Hall won 24-18.
The Spartans looked like a different side as they sought to make amends for their poor start in the first set.
They were rampant and unforgiving, not permitting any breathing space for the Continentals as they suffocated them throughout the second set to secure a 24-15 win to force the game into the third set.
The Continentals found their rhythm and disappeared out of sight in the early exchanges with a 6-1 lead. They never looked back after taking such a giant lead, although Independence Hall tried some form of a comeback, it availed to nothing as the Boys in Wine kept their composure to seal another final berth in the ongoing Games.
They claimed a 24-14 victory in the third and final set.
After a disappointing loss to Republic Hall in the football competition. University Hall (Katanga) had revenge on their minds. Despite a plethora of coaches for the Katangees and a giant lead in the first set, they failed to hold their composure and lost their lead to the Mongols.
The Boys in Green won the first set, in what was a keenly contested game by 25-24.
Katanga started the second set like a house on fire as they lead a visibly frustrated Mongols side by 16-6, it didn’t take long for the Yellow and Blacks to draw parity and tie the sets at 1-1 with a healthy 24-11 victory.
Both sides came out for the third set all guns blazing as they were tied at 10-10, it was difficult separating the two halls. Tied at 16-16, the courts had to be changed for the 4th time in this contest.
The change of courts helped the Mongols kill off the Katangees in the third and final set by 24-21.
There was a repeat of teams in the finals of the Men’s Volleyball competition as Republic Hall squared off against Unity Hall, with revenge on the minds of the Mongols.
The finals lived up to the billing, as both teams brought their A-game on board.
Despite Conti taking the leading, it was the Mongols that wrestled power and dominated the first set with some wonderful volleyball skills, especially from their talisman, Jephter Mintah. He masterminded the downfall of Unity Hall to secure a 24-22 win for his side.
The young volleyball prodigy was at the heart of everything good Republic did in the early stages of the second set. But Unity Hall were not ready to give up without a fight, as they jumped onto the lead with 16-11.
The Mongols rediscovered their first set form and took over proceedings, but once again, they were brought down to earth, as the Continentals staged a major comeback akin to Liverpool’s Istanbul feat in 2005.
Lead by their own version of Steven Gerard, Divineglory Atikpui, Unity Hall came from 19-22 down, to force the game into the third set with a pulsating 25-24 victory.
Taking inspiration from their dramatic comeback they shot into a healthy 6-0 lead. Two quick substitutions by the coach of the Republicans brought some life to an almost dead team as they looked to stage their own comeback as they trailed Unity Hall with only 3 points at 13-16.
Courts were changed for the umpteenth time in the contest at 16-13, and that worked the magic for the Divineglory Atikpui-lead Continentals as they claimed their second successive victory to win the set by 24-17.
It was the second time the Powerful Continentals outwitted their Mongol counterparts in the 2017 Fresher’s Games.
By: Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe