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National Development Bank (NDB) will host this year’s Inter-Bank Games from August 18th.The annual collective sports event, amongst the local financial institutions started 11 years ago, as an attempt to raise funds and give back to the community.

This year’s competition includes eight sporting codes, under both indoor and outdoor games, according to chairman of Inter Club, Brian Ketshabile. He explained that the choice of the sporting codes depended on the followership of the general society. They include Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Netball, Darts, Table Tennis, Pool and Aerobathon. Ketshabile also stated that they have therefore included everyone by the selection of their sporting codes in order to promote health and fitness. “This year we have added Golf, the sport that is regarded to be belonging to the high earned because we wanted to attract everyone,” he said.

The inter-games are meant to provide a networking platform and interaction within financial sectors.  Outdoor games are expected to start on August 18th at Phakalane Golf Estate, where Golf will be played at 12:00hrs, followed by football on the 20th at Lekidi Grounds, as well as Volleyball at Tsholofelo Park Courts at 09:00 hrs and Netball at the courts still to be confirmed. On the other hand, Indoor games will be taking place on August 19th, with Table Tennis and Pool played at Botho University Hall and Darts at BoB Grounds. All games will start at 19:00 hrs.

Ketshabile expressed gratitude to Botswana Netball Association (BONA) for helping them to host a successful competition. The drugs and health division of the ministry of health will use the games to promote health and wellness. Employees will get a chance to be tested for lifestyle diseases such as Hypertension and Sugar Diabetes while the Drugs and Alcohol Division will sensitise people on the use of alcohol and substance abuse.

Financial literacy will also be available during the games. “Financial Literacy is essential for every individual or family and during the interbank activities, we take time to set up for financial institution to educate the public about banking products, financial management and access to loan facilities,” he explained. When Interbank started 11 years ago, only half of the number of financial institutions participated, but now almost all banks take part.

This year, depending on funds raised, the committee intends to organise a day or two-day entrepreneurial seminar where youth in businesses can get advice and be mentored. One of the followers of Interbank games, Goitseone Setlhodi, says that she cannot wait to see who is going to secure the chairmanship this year. “I trust my bank, FNB and hope that they will play very well to make us the bankers proud,” she said.

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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