Second-from-bottom team Abia Valiant claimed their first win in the ongoing second phase of the Prudent Energy Handball League with a narrow 28-27 defeat of bottom side Owena Queens at the Rowe Park Sports Center on Monday.
The Umuahia based team now has two victories in the league having claimed their previous win in the first phase which held in Abuja earlier in the year.
In other Matchday 10 results in the women’s league, home team Seasider Babes gave their fans plenty to cheer about with a 27-24 defeat of Kada Queens in a match watched by Minister of Sports Sunday Dare who was also on hand to see Plateau Peacocks beat Imo Grasshoppers 26-23.
Edo Dynamos’ 24-27 loss to Safety Babes meant that they missed a chance to leapfrog the league leaders who have now extended their lead on top of the log, while Defender Babes defeated Desert Queens 33-25.
In the men’s category, third-placed Niger United beat Prison Key Boys 38-34, Sokoto Rima dispatched Owena Kings 35-30 in match witnessed by the Sports Minister.
Kano Pillars retained their position on top of the log with a 34-30 defeat of Kada Stars 34-30, while Plateau Vipers saw off Safety Shooters 18-16.
De Defenders beat Borno Spiders 32-22 while COAS Shooters and home favourites Lagos Seasiders settled for a share of the spoils with a 29-29 stalemate.
Andrew Daniel of Plateau Vipers and Inegbedion Faith of Edo Dynamos were named the Most Valuable Players in the men and women’s categories respectively.
Matchday 10 Results
ABIA VALIANTS 28-27 OWENA QUEENS
PRISON KEY BOYS 34-38 NIGER UNITED
EDO DYNAMOS 24-27 SAFETY BABES
DESERT QUEENS 25-33 DEFENDER BABES
KADA QUEENS 25-27 SEASIDER BABES
SOKOTO RIMA 35-30 OWENA KINGS
KANO PILLARS 34-30 KADA STARS
SAFETY SHOOTERS 16-18 PLATEAU VIPERS
IMO GRASSHOPPERS 23-26 PLATEAU PEACOCKS
D:DEFENDERS 32-22 BORNO SPIDERS
COAS SHOOTERS 29-29 LAGOS SEASIDERS