Kerugoya girls’ hockey: here we come
SPORTS By Oscar Pilipili | June 2nd 2013
|Kerugoya girls’ hockey players celebrate after emerging champions in 2011. [Photo: Okendo]|
By Oscar Pilipili
NAIROBI, KENYA: Kerugoya girls’ hockey team successfully defended their title after they won the Aberdare Region Secondary School Championships at Murang’a Teachers Training College.
Kerugoya, who are the reigning East African champions edged out Limuru 1-0 in a tight final to claim the title and qualify for term one ‘A’ National Championships to be staged at Nakuru High on June 17-23.
Everline Njogu scored the all-important goal that handed Kerugoya ticket to Nationals.
Karima finished third overall following 2-0 victory against Mary Hill in play-off during the games played last Sunday.
Hockey contest or girls was very tight with only 10 goals being produced in five matches that started at semi-final stage.
In semis, Kerugoya beat Mary Hill 1-0 while Limuru defeated Karima 2-1.
Kerugoya’s coach Joseph Maina said that the competition was very tough for his team that has dominated Aberdare region for over six years.
“We expected such kind of resistance from our opponents because as champions we were the team to beat,” he said.
“I’m glad that we have qualified for the Nationals and we’re going to train hard and strengthen our areas of weakness before we travel to Nakuru,” he added.
Mang’u maintained its stronghold in Aberdare after they beat emerging forces Kiambu 3-1 in boys’ hockey final to qualify for Nationals.
Mang’u defeated Kiamutugi 4-1 while Kiambu breezed past Nyahururu 2-1 in semis fixtures to advance. Nyahururu edged Kiambu 3-2 in play-off.
Former girls’ handball champions Gataragwa got opportunity to appear at the Nationals again after they beat Graceland 13-11 in a tough final match.
Mang’u earned their second berth in the Nationals after they beat Narumoru 27-13 in boys’ category.
Alliance rugby team will represent Aberdare in the National Championships following 17-7 victory against Kiambu in their final match.
Aberdare region secretary Njuguna Muiga also announced his team of athletics.
Cross country team has John Maina, Lawrence Ngure, Dennis Kinuthia, Daniel Kirigo, Julius Kiprotanui and Gerald Bundi for boys.
Forming the girls’ team are: Monicah Wanjohi, Karen Wamucii, Margaret Murinjo, Grace Maina, Peris Muthoni and Joyce Muthoni.
Muiga stated that they have faith in the selected teams and was hopeful they would deliver in Nakuru.
“Aberdare has very strong representation in rugby and handball girls and our target is to win at least two trophies in Nakuru,” the official told FeverPitch when releasing the results yesterday.
All regions have completed their Championships and are now focusing on the forthcoming big event.
The National Championships are expected to be very competitive since ball games and cross country winners qualify for August’s East African Games in Uganda.
Meanwhile, Pangani’s wish to make a comeback to the national stage failed after they were eliminated in early stages of Metropolitan Games in Machakos.
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