Kano Pillars and Safety Babes are the newly crowned champions of the 2019 Prudent Energy Handball League in Lagos. Kano Pillars pipped De Defenders 31-29 on the final day at the Rowe Park, Yaba on Wednesday.
With Safety Shooters triumph over holders Niger United, the Pyramid team required at least a draw to confirm their title success with a final day win of the domestic season in Lagos.
Having gained a 15-11 first half lead, the Kano outfit maintained their lead over the Civil Defence side till the end to deny the Federal Road Safety Corps a season double on the final day.
At the end of the second season, Kano ended at the summit of the table with 38 points from 22 games, securing 19 victories and only losing thrice.
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They were followed by Safety Shooters with 36 points and Lagos Seasiders with 34 points in second and third place respectively.
Niger United finished fourth with 34 points while De Defenders of Abuja placed fifth with 31 points.
COAS Shooters finished 6th with 25 points, Plateau Vipers placed seventh with 17 points, Kada settled for eight position with 16 points, Borno Spiders are ninth with 12 points while Sokoto Rima finished tenth with 10 points.
Owena Kings and Prison Key Boys finished 11th and 12th position respectively.
In the women’s category, Safety Shooters defeated stubborn Plateau Peacocks 31-29 on the final day at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos.
The Road Safety Ladies needed a draw to confirm their title success, with one hand on the trophy as leaders on goal difference despite tied on 30 points with Edo Dynamos.
After leading 18-14 in the first half, the Road Safety side held their nerve to claim the victory in the second half on Wednesday.
At the end of the season, Safety Babes finished on top with 32 points from 18 matches, celebrating 16 wins and only losing twice.
They were followed by Edo Dynamos with 30 points and Plateau Peacocks with 29 points in second and third place respectively.
Imo Grasshoppers finished fourth with 26 points, Seasiders Babes finished fifth with 18 points, while Defenders Babes placed sixth position with 15 points. Kada Queens had 13 points to finish seventh position while Desert Queens escaped relegation by whiskers finishing eighth position with 11 points.
Abia Valiants and Owena Queens finished ninth and tenth position respectively with 4 and 2 points.
The winners of the league got One Million naira while the first runner up (second) got 750,000 naira and the second runner up (third) got 500,000 naira