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Breaking news – Strathmore retains KHU league title

Fred Oracha of Strathmore Gladiators lifts the trophy during a past tournament. Strathmore has successfuly retained the 2010/2011 KHU mens trophy

City Park, Nairobi  31/10/2010 – Strathmore University Gladiators have successfully retained the Kenya Hockey Union mens premier league trophy. In a classic universities derby, the Gladiators put 4 goals past KCA University to get the goal difference advantage over second-time runner up Kenya Police.

Strathmore and Kenya Police were tied on points and the students needed at least 4 goals and a win to retain the title. They got both.

Last seasons finals saw Kenya Police loose to Strathmore by 2 – 1 in a play-off format that was scrapped off after protests from the law enforcers.

KCA now seems likely to finish in a respectable 4th position, given that this is their maiden league appearance.

Telkom Orange has already retained its womens national league title too.

Other weekend matches: Kisumu Simba 0 – 1 Nairobi Simba. Sliders 0 – 0 Virgin Vikings.

Police players warming down after their match with the KCA. The match ended in a 2 - 2 draw.

African Hockey Federation (AHF) has given Kenya a chance to enter two teams in the men and women’s category during the forthcoming African Clubs Championships and the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) have chosen Kenya Police and the United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) Ladies as additional teams to represent the country at the continental event.

Reigning Kenya champions Strathmore University and Orange received automatic qualification for the championships by winning the men and women’s leagues last season.

KHU Secretary General, Vivian Agunda says USIA-A and Police were selected because they were runners up last year, in the women and men’s categories.

The hockey championships were transferred to Accra, Ghana, after Zambia, which was to host them, backed off.

It will be the first time USIU-A will be taking part at the event slated for December 9-18 in Accra, Ghana.

“We hope Kenya Police will make it this time round after failing to attend last year,” said Agunda.

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Orange survive to beat Strathmore as Sharks fail to impress again

Green Sharks players stretching before facing Wazalendo in an earlier encounter. The match ended 5 - 1 in favor of the Sharks

Africa champions Orange Ladies have all but sealed their 11th consecutive Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) title. With an impressive 15 point gap between the champions and the second placed team USIU-A ladies, Orange now have all their eyes set for the upcoming Africa Club Cup championship in December in Accra, Ghana.

The champions were however made to sweat for a narrow 3 -2 win over league debutants Strathmore University Scorpions. The fast paced match played at City Park Nairobi was all set for a 2 – 2 all draw before Orange scored the wining goal on the 70th minute. Betty Tioni opened the scoring in the 10 minute before Jacky Ogot added a second 15 minutes latter. However, strathmore’s Norah Kijala rallied the students to a 2 all draw by scoring two brilliant goals. Tioni later rescued the Orange ladies with a last minute goal, second before the final whistle.

The mens premier league got the excitement it needed with the two main title contenders in action. Kenya Police played their last game against last years semi-finalists Green Sharks while champions Strathmore Gladiators were away to Western Jaguars in Kakamega. The Sharks failed to impress a second time by losing their second match in as many weeks. Police won 1 – 0 against an uncoordinated Sharks side.  Strathmore continued to pile pressure on the cops by pumping 6 goals past their harpless hosts. Jaguars got a consolation goal to end the game 6 -1 in favour of Strathmore.

Other matches saw waning giants Kisumu Simba loose its 2 weekend matches against Parkroad and Wazalendo by a 1 – 0 margin in both games. Hosts mombasa also won USIU-A ladies 2 – 0 as the USIU-A men also slumped to a 2 – 0 defeat by Mvita IX. The national mens league saw Mombasa SC loose by 1 – 0 to visiting Barbarians.

The league resumes next week.

An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Umpires Association

To
Chairman
Kenya hockey umpires Association

RE: PLAYER,COACH,UMPIRE,TEAM MANAGER

l hope you are well.am very concerned with the latest development of the players who are playing in the Premier league umpiring matches of National league. All or most of these players are coaches or managers of some clubs in the same league.

As much as we require more umpires for hockey in this country ,the hockey union must encourage Players,umpires,coaches,teams and supporters each to play its role to develop hockey as team sport in the country.

During one of the hockey matches at city Park,l heard one of the umpires criticizing another outside in dispute of a foul in the pitch,to make the matters worse the umpire in the pitch was a Player and Coach of certain team.What come in to my mind was suppose both were playing for different teams and another Player umpiring on foul of both player who are umpires,where do we leave others.

l do not have a solution to this problem but l believe KHU or Umpire Association must separate their roles in Hockey management.We can sacrifice but times are getting tough economically making less umpires and less clubs.

We must find a way of rewarding the few qualified umpires to strengthen the Umpires Association.

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Author: George jalango

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Sliders regain form as Strathmore pressures Police

The last weekend of August had lots of great hockey going on with a few surprises too! In the mens premier league matches, all the top four teams were in action.

Current leaders Kenya Police were facing their toughest test yet against number 2, Nairobi Simba. Both teams are yet to loose a math this season and they seemed to like it left that way after battling to a 3 – 3 draw. The draw ensured that Kenya Police maintained its top slot, though its Nairobi Simba that breathed a sigh of relief since it has faced all its toughest opponents (Strathmore, Green Sharks and Kenya Police) and got draws from them all.

Current league champions Strathmore University Gladiators were put to the test late Sunday evening, but managed to get a labored 2 -1 win over a resilient Parkroad team. Strathmore were the first to score in the 6th minute but Parkroad got the equalizer 15 minutes latter. The students then scored the winning goal in the second half.

In Mombasa, last seasons semi-finalists Green Sharks were held to a 2 – 2 draw by a hard fighting Mvita team. The Sharks seemed complacent and looked a distant team from the one that put 5 goals past Wazalendo just over a fortnight ago.

The weekend results leave Kenya Police as number one with 14 points, Strathmore at number two with 13 points and Nairobi Simba at number three with 12 points. All teams, with the exception of Kisumu Simba, Western Jaguars and USIU-A have played at least 5 games.

The womens league saw sliders regain their respect by drumming two goals past their hosts Mombasa Sports Club. Sliders have had a poor streak and the win serves as a morale boost for the once formidable team.

Other matches saw Kimathi University loose to Parklands hockey club. The win puts Parklands in a good position to qualify for the premier league next season.