Monthly Archives: September 2010

KHU League Table [as at 15/11/2010]

Below are the updated Kenya Hockey Union league tables for the 2010 season for the mens’ premier league and the ladies national league.

The tables reflect the league standings as at 15th November, 2010.

Kenya Hockey Union League Tables

One hand on the trophy – Kenya Police

Kenya hockey just witnessed a ‘league changing’ weekend with teams putting their best forward in the run up to the completion of the Kenya Hockey Union 2010 leagues.

KCA-U set the stage for the weekend with a 5-2 romping of USIU-A in a fast paced match on Saturday evening at City Park.  KCA were the first to concede a goal through USIU’s  John Kabuu. USIU’s lead was short lived as KCA quickly equalized in less than 5 minutes after clumsy defensive play from USIU. USIU scored the second goal but lost the lead once again. The resulting sea-saw match saw KCA stamp their authority, ending the match with a much deserved 5 – 2 win. This marked a fifth victory in a row for KCA-U and a swift sail through to a second position in the mens Premier league.

Earlier in the day during a KHU ladies league, Strathmore University (the Scorpions) had a comfortable 3 – 0 victory over visiting Mombasa Sports Club (msc). Were it not for their laid back approach, the Scorpions would have netted a dozen goals, with the visitors looking visible overwhelmed.

MSC were to crush 4 – 0 to Sliders the following morning.

Sunday afternoon saw a top of the league clash with current KHU league leaders Kenya Police battle it out with champions Strathmore Gladiators at City Park, Nairobi. Despite dominating the game, Strathmore’s poor scoring ability came to the fore as the Police men scored a goal and held on to their lead to the last minute. The students were awarded numerous short corners and at one point, had a total of 3 police players out on yellow cards but still failed to capitalize on their numerical advantage.

The win leaves Kenya Police with one hand on the KHU 2010 league trophy, a title the team is yet to win in its history.

Other weekend matches saw Kimathi University win Kenya Polytechnic 2-0 in a Kenya Hockey Union national league match while USIU-A ladies (Spartans) humbled Kenyatta University ladies by a similar margin in the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) league match.

Police players warming down after their match with the KCA. The match ended in a 2 - 2 draw. Kenya Police face champions Strathmore Gladiators on Sunday 19th September 2010 at City Park.

This week the KHU league is getting to its peak and teams are struggling to take their rightful positions while some are trying to be where they feel safe.

At position three in the league standings, Nairobi Simba seemed to have been caught off guard last weekend by a silent storm in the name of KCA University. Simba lost 2-1 to the University, a result that came as a surprise to many but maybe not to KCA who seemed to have it by the saying “my goal is to deny yours!” all through the match.

Still at war were Wazalendo who despite fielding an “older“ team as compared to the one that won over Kenya Police last weekend presumably as strategy could not yield much as their match against USIU ended in a 2-2 draw. The university students were visibly the better team and could have easily got victory had they made good use of their chances. USIU displayed a mature and well coordinated game reminiscent of their earlier stint in the league under their legendary coach, Mike.

This weekend sees Kenya Police battling it out with defending champions Strathmore University on Sunday evening at City Park, Nairobi. This comes after both teams had had their share of experience in Western Kenya last weekend. In Kisumu a match between Strathmore University vs. Kisumu Simba  ended in a 1-1 draw leaving Strathmore in a wanting position while in Kakamega Kenya Police managed a much needed 3-1 win over hosts Western Jaguars.

In other matches Virgin Vikings got a 2-1 win over USIU-A Spartans in bid to overthrow the latter who are right above them in the second position in the league. Vikings ahs been having an phenomenal run and are posed to change the statuquo as the league draws to a close.

A match between Telkom Orange and Blue Eaglets ended in a 5-1 victory in favour of  Orange. Telkom Orange, who recently received an all round medical cover from AAR, dominated the match and made minced meat of their opponents. The teams coach says Telkom Orange was using the league matches as preparation for next months Africa Club Championships and the world club championships latter in November.

In the national league (men), Kimathi University had a 2-0 victory over Jomo Kenyatta University. Kimathi could have made the margin wider were it not for their lack of finishing power. JKUAT looked a pale shadow of the team that produced some great players.

Othe matches saw minnow Kenya Polytechnic earn a 1 – 1 draw against the waning University of Nairobi. The result dents UoN’s image as Kenya Polytechnic were perceived to be the leagues whipping boys.

The league continues this weekend in the various leagues for both men and women.

On Saturday 18th September 201: National Women League, Mombasa Sports Club vs. Strathmore (2.00 PM at City Park) National Men League, Mombasa Institute vs. National Youth Service (3.00 PM at Mombasa Institute) and finally in the Premier League Men, KCA University vs. USIU-A (4.00 PM at City Park)

Sunday 19th September 2010: National Men league, Mombasa Sports Club vs. National Youth Service (10.00 AM Mombasa Sports Club) JKUAT vs. Karate (12.00 PM City Park) Kimathi vs. Kenya Polytechnic (2.00PMCity Park).National Women League Mombasa Sports Club vs. Sliders (10.00AM City Park) and finally in the Premier League Men, Kenya Police vs. Strathmore (4.00PM City Park)

Telkom Orange hockey team members will not worry about medical bills they incur, thanks to a medical cover deal signed between the club and Africa Air Rescue (AAR).

Under the agreement, the AAR will guarantee 27 players, coach and team manager unlimited road ambulance cover on a 24-hour basis around Kenya, a limited inpatient and outpatient cover and free x-rays among other provisions.

The AAR Action’s General Manager Ken Thimba said each one of Orange’s members in the agreement would receive Sh1 million medical services per annum.

“The cover will ensure that our players are safe on and off the pitch and will last as long as Orange team exists,” Thimba said.

The cover also comes with first aid training to some team members and the technical bench. The cover was unveiled at City Park Stadium yesterday. In attendance were: Orange players, officials of Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) and other stakeholders.

Telkom Kenya Head of Corporate affairs Angela Ng’ang’a Mumo said the medical cover has been extended to the team with a view of ensuring they access quality and speedy attention in the event of any medical emergency.

“Much as hockey is a beautiful sport played by very disciplined and well-kitted ladies and gentlemen, there is always possibility of injury causing accidents,” said Mumo.

It is for this reason that Telkom Kenya has teamed up with AAR to offer medical cover to players,” she added.

The team is the first in hockey to offer medical cover to its players. Mumo challenged other institutions to ape Telkom Orange and offer medical cover to players in the KHU league.

Orange are currently training for African Clubs Championship where they will defend the women’s title in Zambia in November.

Source: Atricle by Oscar Pilipili | The Standard Online

Reigning Africa Club Champions Telkom Orange leads the Kenya Hockey big teams this weekend as the KHU league get into its final two month stretch. Orange takes on a revitalized Blue Eaglets team at 12:00 pm on Sunday at City Park, Nairobi. After a relatively uninspired game the previous weekend in which they settled for a barren draw against Virgin Vikings.

Current Mens Premier league leaders Nairobi Simba are in action on Saturday 4:00 pm against the on-form KCA university at City Park, Nairobi. KCA had a successful visit to western Kenya a fortnight ago, beating Kisumu Simba and Western Jaguars by 3 and 6 goals to nothing respectively. Nairobi Simba on the other hand just had an incredible weekend, putting 10 goals past a harpless visiting Jaguars team.

Kenya Police and Strathmore Gladiators both travel to western Kenya to face Jaguars and Kisumu Simba respectively. Kisumu have a tough job as they face a resurgent Parkroad on Saturday and then face Strathmore on Sunday. Parkroad caused one of the most major upsets this season by handing Kenya Police its first league defeat this season.

Other matches see Virgin Vikings take on USIU-A on Saturday and JKUAT take on Kimathi and UoN take on debutants Kenya Polytechnic on Sunday.

Check on our facebook wall (http://facebook.com/kenya.hockey) for updates for various matches all weekend and a full weekend review here next week.

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