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KHU Vaisakhi tourney: Video Clips of mens matches


April 27, 2011.. Video clips of some of the mens matches during the just conluded Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) sponsored Vaisakhi hockey tournament held at City Park, Nairobi.

The tournament was won by the Kenya Police (men) and Orange Telkom (ladies). Kenya Police saw off long time rivals Strathmore University Gladiators by 2 – 0 while Orange Telkom put 5 goals past the determined Strathmore Ladies team to earn a 5 – 2 win in the ladies finals.

April 26, 2011.. Video clips of some of the ladies matches during the just conluded Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) sponsored Vaisakhi hockey tournament held at City Park, Nairobi.

Orange vs Sliders
Orange, the defending champions, won the match 5 – 1 with attack maestro Jackline Mwangi neeting a hat-trick in the process.  Clip 1 shows her second goal of the match while clip 2 shows a penalty corner by Sliders (in white).

Clip 2: Sliders short corner

Strathmore ladies (Scorpions) vs Vikings
Strathmore and Vikinsg are both upcoming teams, with Strathmore only on its second year in the Kenya Hockey Union womens national league. This match ended 1 – 0 in favor of Strathmore, a goal scored by Lucy Wanjiru in the first half.

Police arrest students, rob Vaisakhi trophy from them

Strathmoe captain Lilian Aura (white) in action against Orange's Njeri in a past encounter

April 26, 2011.. Kenya Police (men) and Telkom Orange (women) on Monday displayed class to retain their Vaisakhi International tournament titles at the City Park Hockey Stadium.

The champions chalked up dazzling shows especially in the second half, edging out Strathmore University sides, Gladiators and Scorpions 5-2 and 2-0, respectively.

The men in blue pulled the trigger through Felix Okoth and Samuel Oungo in 40th and 70th minutes.

In the women’s final, Orange called from behind as Jackline Mwangi rifled in a hat-trick in the 19th, 25th and 61st minutes to propel them to victory.

Carol Guchu (28th) and Audrey Omaido (67th) also affirmed their supremacy with classy goals.

But it was Scorpions who drew first blood with Winnie Odhiambo’s 14th minute goal before Miriam Oundo’s 30th sizzler that saw them trail 2-3 at the interval.

In the men’s match, Police were the first to pound Gladiators battle front from the flanks and mid-field but met a composed varsity students defence.

Police, however, got two short corners which Moses Cheplaiti and James Munyi missed as Gladiators keeper Linus Sang lived up to his hot billing to stop them. Munyi created superb leeway for Willis Okeyo but he astonishingly fired out to the amazement of the many.

Ken Kaunda’s charges easily countered the varsity students to earn two more penalty corners but failed in the final touch, including skipper Richard Birir’s block-buster that Sang stretched for a stunning save for a goalless first half.

Strathmore signalled that they meant business on resumption. Police cleared for a quick counter that ended when Okoth smashed home immediately after straying into the Gladiators penalty box from the mid. Oungo then sneaked in the winner on the stroke of full time.

In the women’s encounter, Orange’s defence that initially looked shaky capitulated to Scorpions’ unrelenting attacks when Lilian Aura put Odhiambo through for the opener in the 14th minute.

“Our defence sunk to fast-paced attacks in the initial minutes, but we managed to settle. We had to step up for some quick passes,” said Orange skipper Doreen Barasa. “We had to change the pattern by not carrying the ball much.”

Orange hit back, equalised and grabbed the lead through Mwangi’s strikes from a field goal and a penalty corner.

By Ayumba Ayodi

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Strathmoe captain Lilian Aura (white) in action against Orange's Njeri in a past encounter

April 22, 2011… It was goals galore at City Park hockey stadium as the annual vaisakhi hockey tournament entered its final weekend. A total of 29 goals were scored in a total of 5 matches played today.

Womens defending champions Orange left no doubt as to their intention to retain the Visakhi trophy with a 5 – 1 walloping of arch rivals Sliders. It was hockey per excellence as the well oiled Orange team strung flawless passes to launch one wave of attack after another against an overwhelmed Sliders.

5 minutes into the match and Orange already had a 1 – 0 lead over Sliders courtesy of  concentration lapse in the sliders defence.

15 minutes latter, the Orange machine was at it again with new signing Barbra Simiyu getting the second goal of the match through a well taken push at goal after several Orange players missed the ball and confused the Sliders keeper Flavian Amuhaya in the process.

The first half ended 2 – 0. Orange returned in the second half and did not let the foot off the pedal. 5 minutes into the half and attack maestro Jackline Mwangi was on point to give Orange an assailable 3 – 0 lead.

Jackline Mwangi was on point again in the 50th and 65th minutes to complete her hat-trick for the champions.

Dorcilla Agunda pulled one back for Sliders in the 60th minute after lurching onto a loose ball at the top of the penalty area.

Though by no means a one sided match, Orange was a much better side though Sliders will have their goal keeper to blame for their loss for failing to organize her defense and call out when the Orange strikers were running on her teams blind side.

KCA skipper in action during a past macth

The Kenya Hockey Union mens champions Strathmore were also in action in a late match against newly promoted side Karate Axiom. 

Strathmore’s inspirational striker George Mutira wasted no time in showing his teams intention of winning the match when he forced a save from the Karate keeper less than 20 second into the match.

Karate however quickly regrouped and solidfied their defence giving the students little room to move. Strathmore dictated most of the game with midfielders Allan Iningu and Frank Wanangwe calling the shots but to no avail.

It was new signing Emmanuel aka Manu who broke the jinx, scoring the all important opener in the 30th minute to give Strathmore a deserved 1 – 0 lead at half time.

Karate stepped on the gas peddle in the second half, with one of their strikers dribbling past the entire Strathmore defense but failing to chip the ball past the goal keeper in what would have been a sensational equalizer, less than 2 minutes into the second half.

Strathmore however picked the que and tightened their defense.

The remainder of the match was largely a one sided affair with Strathmore camping on Karates half and winning many short corners but failing to get a goal.

Karate fought well and made sporadic attacks but were let down by a weak midfield; loosing possession of the ball almost as soon as it was past their 25-yard line.

Stricker George Mutira was on point to give the students their second goal in the 60th minute before Brian Moga scored a superb goal-of-the-tournament contender through a diving deflection that let the entireCity Park  stadium on its feet in applause.

An earlier match had seen Strathmore ladies, also known as the Scorpions, take on Vikings in a match that ended 1 – 0 in favor of Strathmore.

Vikings were quick to put pressure on the students with out-field player Mercy taking a good shot at goal, only for the Strathmore keeper, Keshi to par it off.

Vikings were then caught on the conter attack, having left Strathmore midfield maestro Lilian Aura unmarked. Aura laid a good pass to left flank outfield player Lucy who calmly dribbled past the Vikings captain before taking a strong hit at goal to give the students the all important goal in the 12th minute of the match.

The sea-saw match then got even more competetive with Vikings stallwats Lynnete and Caro stopping the Strathmore forwards and Aura and Lucy calling all the shots in the midfield for Strathmore ladies. 

The first match of the day was an institutions derby pitting KCA against junior league side Kenya Polytechnic. KCA left nothing to chance with clinical finishing and accurate passing in the midfield. The skill and big-league experience worked for the university side, handing them a well deserved 6 – 1 win over kenya polytechnic.

The Kenya Polytechnic keeper was graceful in defeat “we played well and did our best but they were a much better side. We shall use the experience from this tournament to better our performance in the league.”

Kenya Police's Shikuku (left) celebrates after scoring his teams 4th goal against Kenya College of Acountance (KCA)

While Kenya Polytechnic are now officialy out of contention in the tournament, KCA face Multimedia University (MMU) saturday (23rd April) morning in a must-win encounter to get a chance at the Semi finals.

Mulytimedia University was also in action against Kenya Police immediately after the KCA match. The match was largely one sided, with the corps controlling every aspect of the game right from the start.

Kenya Police managed to put 12 goals past the harpless students. The win leaves Kenya Police striker Munyi as the top male scorer with 9 goals followed by another Police player Shikuku with 5 goals to his name.

Days summary: Strathmore men vs karate (3-0). kenya police vs multimedia univ. (12-0). KCA vs kenya poly (6-1).orange ladies vs sliders (5-1).strathmore ladies vs vikings (1-0).

Strathmore players (in black) battle it out with Orange at a past meeting.

April 21, 2011… The Orange Ladies Hockey Team has expressed optimism that it will maintain its lead in the ongoing Vaisakhi Hockey Tournament.

Speaking after a training session at City Park Stadium, Coach Jos Openda said he is confident that the team will retail the title they won last year.

He said, “This is yet another good opportunity to demonstrate that we have not come this far by a stroke of luck but by hard work and determination”.

He said the team has been training regularly and is in top form to win the annual tournament.

Openda said, “The tournament could not have come at a better time. The new players have blended in well with the other players and together they are proving to be a formidable team”.

The Orange girls are set to meet one-time reigning ladies hockey champions Sliders tomorrow in the weekend matches that will culminate in a finals match on Easter Monday.

Sliders suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat a fortnight ago, in the hands of Orange during a Kenya Hockey Union league match and it is anticipated that the Good Friday match will reignite the rivalry between the two teams.

In their third match of the tournament, Orange is set to face it off with the Vikings on Saturday afternoon, paving way for the second pool play offs on Sunday and the ladies finals on Sunday.

Orange started its campaign to hold on to its reputation as the best female team in the local league last Saturday, when it recorded a 1-0 win against the Strathmore University.

The Vaisakhi Hockey Tournament is an invitational tournament organized by the Kenya Hockey Union.

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