• 7s Schools Champions Maseno face St.Peters in Opener

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  • Nairobi's Upper Hill will tackle Nyanza’s Homa Bay in a pool C. (Photo:File)Nairobi's Upper Hill will tackle Nyanza’s Homa Bay in a pool C. (Photo:File)
Apr 18, 2012-

National secondary schools rugby sevens champions Maseno School open their title defence on Thursday against St Peter’s Mumias in the ongoing Brookside Kenya secondary schools Term One games.

According to the draw released Wednesday, the hosts will then tackle Alliance High and Mang’u in their remaining matches.

Coached by Ken Ojero, Maseno School will bank on home support to retain their title. Ojero said the team is determined to retain and win their fourth title at their home turf.

“We have done it before in 2006, 2007 and last year and we are going to do it again. We have the best team and the boy’s are set to retain the title,” Ojero said, adding that being hosts, it is an added advantage to the team.

“Going to represent Kenya in the Eastern Africa games in Bujumbura, Burundi is a motivation and we won't leave anything to chance."

Mang’u will face their provincial rivals Alliance High School, while Nakuru will face Meru. In another match, Nairobi School will play Coast’s Malindi High.


Meanwhile, National girls basketball champions Tigoi Girls jogged into the centre court at Maseno School to take on their sworn enemies, Shimba Hills from Coast for their opening matc.

Being the current holders of both national and international titles, it was expected to be another stroll in the park for the Western Province champions after convincingly winning their last four encounters against Shimba.

Those previous matches seemed forgotten, however, as Shimba stormed out of the blocks to register their first win against Tigoi since 2009.

Taudencia Katumbi scored 38 points; Linet Juma added nine for Shimba’s 102-22 emphatic win.

The Philip Onyango coached girls were always a threat on the counter, and Katumbi’s pace and control in particular was causing the Tigoi defence real problems. Their attempts to stop her were illegal rather than effective; with the consequent free throws giving Shimba a 40-7 lead with 16 minutes played.

“I thought my girls were big down the stretch,” Shimba’s technical director Robert Aran said. “For the whole match, they kind of took it upon themselves to make some stops and maintain a double digits lead all through.”

Tigoi, missing the services of their last year’s conquering first team players, trailed from the outset, digging themselves a 39-point, first-half hole with sluggish shooting and a token defensive effort.

Katumbi and company were passing better and attacking with speed, while their opponents’ shooting accuracy seemed to desert them. As a result, Shimba led 90-20 with just eight minutes of the final quarter to go and their opponents looked shell-shocked.

While it was a smooth riding for Shimba, Nairobi’s Upper Hill High School needed overtime show to win 64-56 against Friends School Kamusinga. Upper Hill came from seven points behind with less than three minutes left and forced a 51-51 tie before Joseph Mboya sunk the winning basket.

But in their second match, they won confidently, 94-42 against Tala High School from Machakos. In other matches, Shimba Hills Boys High School shocked Garissa High School 139-12, while Alliance High School condemned Tala to their second defeat with a 52-39 score.

Defending boysl basketball champions Laiser Hill cruised into the semi-finals after they floored Garissa 116-20 to book their slot in the semis.

Hosts Maseno, having lost to Laiser Hill in a match that reminded many of last year’s final, revived their chances of advancing in the competition with a scintillating  72-40 win over Coast representatives Shimba Hills. 


Defending national champions in boy’s hockey St. Antony qualified for the semifinals after giving 2010 winners Mangu High a 5-1 humbling. Maseno continued their poor form on home turf losing 1-0 to Coast’s Shimo La Tewa, while Orero Boys from Nyanza and Kanguru from Central were involved in a 6-goal thriller that ended 3-3.

Lenana and Kamusinga also breached each other’s goal twice as they drew 2-2.

Sinyolo Girls became the first girls’ team to reach the hockey semis after thrashing St. Joseph 5-1 while defending national champions Kapkolei shared the spoils with newcomers Moi Girls.

East Africa champions Kerugoya found the going tough against St. John Kaloleni from Mombasa losing 2-1 while Asumbi bounced back from a 2-1 defeat against Kerugoya with a 2-0 win over Butere Girls.

Rugby Draw:Pool “A” Maseno School, Mang’u High, St Peter’s Mumias, Alliance High.

Pool “B” Nakuru High, Nairobi School, Meru High, Malindi.

Pool “C” Upper Hill, Kang’aru, Homa Bay, Shimo la Tewa.

Pool D. Kakamega High, St Mary’s Yala, Sameta High, St Joseph’s Kitale.


Selected Basketball results: Kepkolie Girls 60 Barasani 37, NEP Girls 2 Buru Buru 134, Alliance Girls 33 St. Alberts 27. NEP Girls 22 St. Alberts 90, Buru Buru 39 Alliance Girls 20.


 Isaac Mutua

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