• Big Guns Tumble In Schools’ Championships

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Mar 22, 2011-

 

The Secondary School games have shown no mercy to previous champions, after big names fell by the wayside over the weekend in various school games.

Mang'u High School, national hockey and 15s rugby champions, who surrendered their provincial titles, with losses in their respective matches.

Nairobi too, had new champions. Upper Hill High School are the new Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) boys’ basketball champions.

In the girls’ hockey, Hillcrest School reclaimed the title after defeating former champions Pangani Girls 3-2 in last weekend's provincial finals at Nairobi School. Elleni Stephandou hattrick for Hillcrest while Pangani replied through Tanya Buyu and Sally Oburu. In the play-off  playoff, Parklands Arya beat Mt Laverna 2-1. Linda Achieng and Corazon Anyiso scored for Parklands Arya while Winnie Bahati scored the consolation goal for Mt. Laverna who are only in their second year of the NSSSA competition. Last year’s boys’ hockey champions Lenana School were shocked 2-0 by hosts Nairobi School in a hotly contested boys’ final.

It was only Buru Buru Girls who managed to defend their title, after a 67-36 whitewash over 2009 champions Langata High School.

Former Nairobi Champions St. Georges’ didn't get far in the preliminaries. But it was the Upper Hill's maiden appearance at the national games to be held in Kakamega, that was worth noting.
On the back of superior shooting and dominant interior defence, the ladies in black continued from where they left from last week’s semi-final triumph against Pangani to make it to the national games to be held in Kakamega between April 11-16.

Langata’s pressing defence threatened to cause a repeat of their previous come-from-behind wins but with their perimeter shooters having an off day, could not generate enough offence to make a serious run at the lead.

Veteran guard Joan Letangule took control when it mattered most, scoring 16 of her team-high 24 points in the second half. Georgina Adhiambo contributed 20 points while Mary Muga finished with 12 points, six of those kick-starting the champions in the opening quarter. "We have never been to the nationals before, making our this year's qualification worth noting," said Upper Hill's principal, Peter Orero.

Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association chairman Moses Mbuthia acknowledged the emergence of new provincial champions, saying this showed schools were taking sports seriously. "Nairobi is producing new champions every year. This is a clear indication that new talents are being produced in various sports," he observed.

In Central Alliance High who are hosting the provincials this Saturday sent strong signals of dominating in the sport after they hit Kiereini 4-1 in semis. Kiambu qualified for the final following their 2-0 win over against Chania.

Mary Hill rediscovered the form that saw them dominate girls’ hockey in Mount Kenya region in yesteryears beating Limuru Girls 2-1 in a tough final match to be crowned Southern Zone ‘queens’.

Despite losing out in hockey and rugby, Mang’u beat traditional rivals  Alliance 48-31 in the basketball final. Alliance Girls sailed through to the provincials after they beat Limuru 53-21 in final.

From Northern Zone, East Africa and national girls’ hockey champions Kerugoya beat Kabare 4-0 in final while Nyeri defeated Karima 2-0 to book a place in the provincials. Basketball contest saw Baptist beat Bishop Ngandu 30-16 in girls’ final with Nyeri High beating St Mary’s 46-25. In the rugby final Nyeri hit Kagumo 43-0.

Isaac Mutua and Correspondents

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