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10 Aug, 2011.. Five Kenya Police players are amongst eight axed from the mens national hockey team preparing for the 2012 Olympic games Africa Qualifiers due September 3rd in Zimbabwe.

Midfielders Godfrey Wakachunga, Felix Okoth and striker Moses Cheplait, Brian Saina (defender) and Duke Ombagi (goalkeeper) were dropped when the team was trimmed down to 21 players.

Police now remain with 3 players in the team. They are Francis Kayieko (goalkeeper), mid-fielders Willis Okeyo and Paul Birir.

Also dropped from the team are Tony Nyikuri of Greensharks, Francis Eshikuri of Strathmore and Gordon Owuor of KCA-U.

Strathmore make the bulk of the team with 11 players.

June 20, 2011… The Kenya national hockey teams convened for two days of training this past weekend. This is after the by the Kenya Hockey Union in the last week.

The training comes in the middle of the 2011 season, which has had to set aside one weekend every month for the national team to convene.

Editorial on the provisional kenya hockey national teams – by the Editor

June 17, 2011.. The editor would like to express an opinion on the provisional national teams.

KHH feels that the technical team composed of Teddy Jhite, Elisha Opere, Meshack Senge, William Oketch and Barrack Odaga have done a great job in their selection of the men and women to represent Kenya in the provisional national hockey teams. The team was named less than a fortnight ago.

We find the selection to be a fair one, devoid of the who-you-know syndrome that had permeated into previous teams, denying them the credibility they craved. There are no suspect elements of favoritism based on club or region and each of the selected players have earned a right to be in the team given their performance on the pitch.

Granted, concerns have been raised about the dominance of the team by the Nairobi based sides and the premier league teams for the mens squad. The editor shares these sentiments though only to a measured length.

The Kenya Hockey Union has trimmed the hockey national men and women’s after trials in early June. The trials were held at City Park, Nairobi.

The mens team has been trimmed to 29 while the women are 28 from an initial pool of approximately 40 players in each team.  While defending champions Strathmore Gladiators and last years runner-up Kenya Police contribute the bulk of the players in the mens team, Orange ladies hockey team contributes over half of the womens teams.

Kenya Hockey weekend report (KUSA and Provincial School Games)

ega_team_09_1_0March 30, 2011 One of the most electrifying hockey matches were witnessed this past weekend (27 – 28th March) with a lot of pride and egos at stake.

KUSA

First off was the national hockey play-offs of the Kenya University Sports Association games (KUSA) that was played at City Park Nairobi after the national team training was cancelled at the last minute. The play-off matches, lasting 40 minutes with each half at 20 minutes, were played on a round robin basis where the top two teams were to meet at the finals.

The ladies matches saw Kenyatta Uni (K.U) battle to a barren draw with national league side Strathmore Scorpions, before the Scorpions drubbed Moi Chepkoilel Campus ladies 7 goals to nothing. Kenyatta proceeded to have a second baren draw with Maseno University ladies while Maseno also drew with Moi chepkoilel campus. Kenyatta then drew 1-all with Moi Chepkoilel while Maseno succumbed to a 5 – 0 loss to strathmore scorpions.

The KUSA finals saw Kenyatta Univ emerge as runner up for ladies while USIU-A were runners up for men. Strathmore men (Gladiators) and Strathmore ladies emerged overall winners.

Despite not emerging winners, the KUSA western conference teams, notably Moi Chepkoilel campus and Maseno University gave a good account of themselves. The teams are set to go places if the continue in their pursuit for greatness.

School Games

The Kenya Hockey scene was also active at the high school level, with the finals of various provincial games going on to determine the representatives at the national kenya hockey games in two weeks time.

All expected the games to be competitive and fiery, but no one was ready for the package of suprises. First off was the Nyanza province finals where little known St. Barnabas (girls) drubbed pre-match favorites Asumbi Girls 2 goals to nothing. This was followed by another surprise result with St. Joseph Rapogi putting 3 goals past the boys pre-match favorites and national games regulars Kisumu Day.

The boys finals was a heated contest, with Kisumu day commanding proceedings for large parts of the game. They however will have themselves to blame as their strikers failed to convert a more than 3 open goal scoring chances. Rapogi created few chances but had creative players who made the most of their chances.

The Rift Valley provincial finals (played on 20/21st March) were also hotly contested and full of surprise. Angeline Nyangasi coached a little known school (Kapkolei) to the finals of both the boys and girls finals. Kapkolei girls caused the major upset by winning the final match while their boys team lost by the narrowest of margins, 2 – 1 to national schools hockey regulars St, Anthony boys.

Central provincial finals saw Maryhill girls get a 2 – 1 win over kabare girls in the semis to book a ticket in the finals to face Kerugoya Girls who had beaten limuru girls 3 – 1.  Kerugoya, the pre-match favorites proceeded to earn a 2 – 0 win over Maryhill, booking a ticket to the national hockey finals. The boys games saw Alliance high get a 3 – 1 win over Nyeri high to book their place in the national schools finals.

Other matches saw Shimo la Tewa win the coast provincial title, while the Eastern province finals will be held this coming weekend (April 2nd – 3rd). Also coming up this weekend is the Kenya colleges ball games to be held at Eregi Teachers College.

Summary

  • Nyanza: St. Joseph Rapogi (boys) / St. Barnabas (girls)
  • Western: FS Kamusinga [defending], Kakamega High (boys) / Butere Girls / Misikhu [defending] (girls)
  • Rift Valley: St. Anthony (boys) / Kapkolei (girls)
  • Central: Alliance High (boys) / Kerugoya (girls)
  • Eastern: * to be played*
  • Coast: Shimo la tewa (boys)
Congratulations to the qualifying teams and their coaches for the hard work and time invested in training the young players.

* Article credits / additional contributions: Njoki Njuguna, Margie Tich, Mark Nani Otieno,Polycarp Ouko


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