Defenders Babes on Thursday in Abuja secured ther first win at the ongoing 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League by beating Owena Queens of Akure 33-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that female handball team owned by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) led 13-11 before both sides went for the break.

But when the game restarted, the Defenders Babes went a gear up and extended their lead to win 33-19.

The win was their first in the competition which entered Day 3 on Thursday, and they had on Tuesday drawn 21-21 with Kada Queens of Kaduna.

They also lost 20-27 to the Plateau Peacocks of Jos on the league’s Day 2 on Wednesday.

Speaking after Thursday’s game, Tomi Olatunde, the head coach of Owena Queens, said his players tried their best but it was unfortunate that they lost their game.

“My players had a good match, but it was unfortunate the result went against them.

“We will work on our lapses and correct our mistakes before our next match against the Plateau Peacocks on Friday,’’ he said.

On his part, Sunday Ajana, the coach of Defenders Babes, said he was happy that his players won their game.

“We will work hard to win our next game against Imo Grasshoppers of Owerri on Friday,’’ he said.

Also, in another female competition match played at the same venue, Safety Babes which is owned by the Nigeria Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) beat Seasiders Babes of Lagos 40-23.

Twelve male and 10 female teams are participating in this first phase of the second edition of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, being organised by the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN).

The competition is being hosted at the Velodrome of the Abuja National Stadium.

(Edited by Olawale Alabi)