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Aug 15, 2010-

St Marks representing Nyanza Province, got their pound of flesh from Jamhuri High School on the final day of the National Secondary Schools Games in Kisumu to be crowned the new champions in the boys category.

Like their first encounter, which 'Jamu' won 1-0, the final match was similarly a closely contested duel. With the teams deadlocked at 1-1 after normal and extra time, it was left for the lottery of penalties to separate the two.

In the nerve-wrecking shoot out, it was St. Marks from Kisii who kept cooler heads as they run away 5-4 victors over their much-fancied Nairobi opponents.

 Earlier in the match, St. Marks had taken a 25th minute lead through team captain Rueben Onteri but their lead was quickly cancelled out nine minutes later through Godwell Njoroge.

In girls’ football, newcomers New Jogoo Road Girls from Nairobi confounded sceptics by defeatig Nyanza's Sega Girls 1-0 to emerge winners.

 Malava Boys and their sister school Malava Girls staged a major coup that saw the boys and girls volleyball trophy heading to Western Province.

The boys contest was a thriller between the Western team and defending champions Cheptil from Rift Valley who put up a brave fight before going down 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19).

Malava Girls were also tested to their limits by Cental's Tetu Girls in a tough four-set match,that they eventually won 3-1 (25-20, 25-22,17-25, 25-17).

At the same time, students from the Sadili Oval Sports Academy ruled supreme in the tennis courts as curtains came down on the Schools Championships.

In the girls final, Sakina Nshirinimana beat the hard hitting Terry Odera in two identical sets of  6-1 in a match that lasted 47 minutes. Both students are from the Langata-based Sports Academy.

 Their teammate Amadi Kigoma also made light work of Central's Emmanuel Orwa 6-0, 6-1 in just 30 minutes to ensure that Nairobi won in both categories.

Sheila Kubanya and Risper Wanjiku were the winners in the girls’ doubles. The Central duo saw off Western's Catherine Njeusi and Sarah Welembe 6-4, 6-3. 

The winners now shift focus to the East Africa Secondary Schools Games slated for the Rift Valley town of Nakuru from 22nd - 28th August.

For the first time, Southern Sudan will join six other teams from the region in the one-week festival. The other countries expected to send in teams are host Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda and Burundi.

 Meanwhile, local dairy company Brookside has committed Sh. 1 million towards the regional event. The sponsorship is exclusively for the renovation of facilities at the three host venues, Greensteads, Nakuru High School and Menengai High School.

Steve Omondi 

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