Monthly Archives: March 2010

Published on 14/03/2010 By Feverpitch Team

Mbaraki Girls High are the new Mombasa District Inter-secondary schools hockey champions.

Mbaraki beat Coast Girls and St Charles Lwanga to win the title and qualify for next week’s Coast Provincial Games.

In the first match, Mbaraki beat St Charles Lwanga 1-0 and edged out Coast Girls 2-0 in the games, which concluded yesterday at Shanzu Teachers College and Shimo La Tewa High.

St Charles Lwanga, who were runners-up after conceding fewer goals, join Mbaraki for the Provincial Games. The best two teams in each event qualify for the provincials.

The provincials run from next Wednesday to Saturday at Kilifi Township and Sokoke Secondary Schools.

In boys’ hockey, Shimo La Tewa won all their four matches to grab maximum 12 points. The matches were played on round robin basis.

Second position

Shimo La Tewa beat Sacred Heart 9-0, Sheikh Khalifa 7-0, St Charles Lwanga 1-0 and Khamis High 2-0.

St Charles Lwanga settled for the second position and joins Shimo La Tewa for the provincial games

In what was arguably the most entertaining match in the Kenya Hockey scene since the exit of Armed Forces Hockey Team, university side Strathmore Gladiators edged out the Kenya Police Hockey Team to win the 2009 / 2010 KHU premier league (men).

The students displayed a well disciplined and focused game that kept the spectators on their feet all through the match.

The police coach, having expressed confidence in wining the trophy after the students edged out a seemengly stronger opponents, Green Sharks, was left to eat his words and rue his teams unpreparedness for the students onlsaught. The students won the match 2 – 1 with the goals being scored by Strathmore brothers Frank Wanangwe and Davis Wanangwe. The police captain scored their consolation goal.

Immediately after the match, the police captain and coach blamed the current play-off system for their failure to win the league. The play off system pits the top four teams against each other in a 4 vs 1 and 2 vs 3 match up. The police team had finished top with a 10 point gap between it and the second team.

Ironicaly, it was the police team that argued for the adoption of the play-off system after having played second fiddle to the Armed Forces team all through the league; the police had then argued that the normal winner-takes-it-all league format favoured the Armed Forces team and the play off was to give the top four teams a chance to battale it out.

However, the police team has never won the league title (even after the Armed Forces was disbanded) despite always finishing at the top of the regular league table. A case of ones own rules returning to bite them? (pun intended).

Adding to the irony is the fact that the current Strathmore coach is a formed Armed Forces player and Kenyan International, Meshak Senge.

This was Strathmores second season in the league after having faced a severe players ban in its first season.

Strathmores’ Fidellas Okello in action against in a previous hockey match. Wazalendo lost 3 – 2 to the Kenya Police in a match marred by poor officiating. [].

Kenya has new champions in the Name of Strathmore University; appearing in only their second season in the KHU premier league. This is a short video of what is arguably the most entertaining hockey match in Kenya has seen in years.

The experience Telkom Orange put a clean 6 goals past their weak opponents.
USIU Ladies also got a deserved 2 -1 win over Sliders to sail into the finals. The USIU – Telkom match, pitting youth against experience is bound to be a cracker and is a must-watch.

Saturday 6th March saw some of the best Hockey matches witnessed in Kenya in a long time. Four capable teams locked horns for the mens’ semi final berth at the City Park Hockey Stadium. At stake was a chance to get to the final and maybe represent Kenya in Continental Championship latter in the year.

Strathmore University 2 – Green Sharks 1

A confident Sharks walked into the pitch with history, experience, age and the bets on their side. The Sharks had never lost a league match to the University Students. The Gladiators, as the students, are fondly known walked into the pitch behind the Sharks, banking on their skill, speed and technical awareness to drown the Sharks.

In arguably the toughest of the two games of the day, the students had the last laugh as the Gladiators attacking trio of George Mutira, Davis Wanangwe and Fred Oracha wore down the agile Sharks defense with wave after wave of attack and untiring runs.

Strathmore carried the day with a deserved 2 -1 win over the Sharks.

It was as much a battle on the pitch as was off the pitch with the Sharks being lead by the iconic player-cum-coach Nickson Nyangaga and the students being lead by their coach, the legendary Meshak Senge tagging along with him lots of international experience both as coach and player. The Sharks definitely did their coach proud as this was his final competitive match for the Club. Despite the loss, he is leaving a confident and inspired side destined to make another title chase next season.

The skillful students now face the experienced Kenya Police in the Sunday Final. The cops won Wazalendo in a hotly contested match earlier in the day [R].

Strathmore University are the reigning Kenya University Sports (Hockey) Association champions and East Africa Inter-varsity Sports (Hockey) champions. The teams has in its cabinet the KHU National League trophy, the East Africa Club Champions trophy along with a host of local tournament trophies.

The final between the Kenya Police and Strathmore University is bound to be explosive by all accounts!