Stars of Asha defeated St Prospers Senior High School team 25-17 in the send-off match, organized by the Volta Regional Handball Association for Madam Vivian Vinette Dougblor.
The match which was played at the Ho Sports Stadium on Friday, February 9 2018, was to honor the outgoing Regional Sports Director for her enormous contribution to the development of Handball in the Region.
The first 5 minutes of the game, saw quite careful but optimistic attacks from both sides which produced minimal goals. Stars of Asha, who had dominance over Prosco took the game to their opponents and took the lead after exposing the letters weak links.
Stars of Asha finished the first quarter leading Prosco 10-6, as the very competitive and swift counter attacking game thrilled all who were present.
Prosco became more vulnerable as a much disciplined Stars of Asha side extended their lead, 5 minutes into the second quarter. Prosco had to suffer more 2 minutes, with 2 red cards, which affected their team play, giving more chances to their opponents and leaving their number on the court to as low as 3.
A disappointed Prosco side, who were using the match also as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Inter school sports festival and their week 8 tie against Ho Technical University in Saturday, felt they should’ve done better.
At the end of the match, Chairman of the VRHA, Togbe Palmas Howusu presented to Madam Vivian, a Citation in acknowledgement of her contribution and donation to the organization of the maiden handball league.
In her shock response, Madam Vivian Dugblor who never expected the Citation, encouraged the executives and players, to keep working to make handball in the region better than it is.
“Thank you so much, handball family for this honor done me. Honestly, I least expected it. I knew about the match though. Nothing good comes once you start off something. Even if you’re facing challenges, you will have to soar above the challenges, just as an Eagle will soar above the winds and then at the end of it, you’ll definitely see and eat the fruit of that labor. So I want to encourage all, especially the players, not to give up. I believe that just as Accra is making it now, we have just started, they started years ago. So I want you to be movers and shakers of handball in the region. I wish you all the best and believe we will see handball in Volta going to the next level.”
The Handball League however continues with week 8 matches on Saturday, with Mawuli locking horns with Teresco at 1pm.
By Davis Attuquaye Clottey