SCHOOLS: Dagoretti Mixed and Hospital Hill lead charge to defend titles in Nairobi Region

Nairobi's Hospital Hill handball players and Mbooni High School from Eastern (in blue) battle in the finals during Kenya Secondary School Sports Association games at Hill School in Eldoret Uasin Gishu County. [Peter Ochieng, Standard]

The Nairobi Region Secondary School Term One games are set to ignite the city's sports scene, with intense competitions across handball and basketball showcasing the region's top young talent.

Amid the anticipation, all eyes are on the defending champions in both sports, who are determined to retain their crowns against formidable challengers.

In the girls' handball category, Dagoretti Mixed, the reigning champions, find themselves in a challenging Group A, alongside County Girls and Kamukunji.

This group is a blend of experience and emerging talent, setting the stage for some of the most anticipated matches of the tournament.

Dagoretti Mixed's resilience and tactical prowess will be tested as they aim to defend their title against the spirited squads of County Girls and Kamukunji, promising thrilling encounters for handball aficionados.

The competition in other girls' handball pools is equally fierce. Group B sees Buruburu, Zawadi, and Shammah Splendid vying for supremacy, while Group C features St Georges Girls, Ruai Girls, and Embakasi Garrison in a battle that is too close to call.

Each group presents a unique set of challenges and potential upsets, making the path to the finals a rigorous test of skill, strategy, and team spirit.

Switching focus to the boys' handball, Hospital Hill is gearing up to defend their title in Group A, facing Olympic and Drumvale. This group promises high-octane matches, with each team bringing its unique strengths to the court.

Hospital Hill's championship mettle will be under scrutiny as they confront the formidable talents of Olympic and Drumvale, setting a high bar for competitive handball.

The boys' handball division also boasts competitive groups, from Group B's clash between Highway, Dandora, and Zawadi, to Group C's showdown featuring Lenana, Uhuru Secondary, and Githurai Secondary.

The diversity of playing styles and team dynamics across the groups guarantees an unpredictable and enthralling competition.

Brookside Dairy's Corporate Communications Manager Wilson Okong'o (left) is introduced to the Dagoretti High basketball team ahead of their KSSSA final against Laiser Hill at Nova School, Eldoret. [Peter Ochieng, Standard]

In basketball, the defending champions from Our Lady of Mercy for the girls and Dagoretti High for the boys are preparing to battle through their respective pools to maintain their dominance.

Our Lady of Mercy finds themselves in Group E alongside Moi Education and Embakasi Girls, a trio that promises to deliver intense matchups and breathtaking basketball action.

Dagoretti High, on the other hand, faces Brookshine and Hospital in Group A of the boys' basketball pools. Known for their disciplined play and strategic brilliance, Dagoretti High is poised to take on their opponents with the goal of securing back-to-back regional titles.

However, with the talent spread across the groups, including the matchups in Group B with Jamhuri, Rafiki, and St Teresa’s, and the intriguing contests in Group C featuring Langata High, Kibukosya, and Pumwani, the journey to the championship is fraught with challenges.

The Nairobi Region Secondary School Term One games not only offer a platform for young athletes to showcase their abilities but also play a crucial role in fostering sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership among students.

As the tournament progresses, the spirit of competition and the pursuit of excellence will undoubtedly bring out the best in these young sportsmen and sportswomen, writing a new chapter in the region's rich sporting history.

NAIROBI REGION SECONDARY SCHOOL GAMES POOLS

Handball Girls

Group A-Dagoretti Mixed, County Girls, Kamkunji

Group B-Buruburu, Zawadi, Shammah Splendid

Group C-St Georges Girls, Ruai Girls, Embakasi Garrison

Group D-Starehe Girls, Langata Barracks, Kibera

Group E-Nile Road, St Teresa’s, State House

Group F-Ruthimitu Mixed, Pangani Girls, Mogra Star

Group G-Moi Girls, Highridge, Matahri Secondary

Group H-Utawala, Ushirika, Nembu

Handball Boys

Group A-Hospital Hill, Olympic, Drumvale

Group B-Highway, Dandora, Zawadi

Group C-Lenana, Uhuru Secondary, Githurai Sceondary

Group D-Aquinas, Ruaraka, Langata High

Group E-Utawala, Dr. Rebiero, Ndururuno

Group F-Nairobi School, Upperhill, Mwangaza

Group G-Pumwani Boys, Ruthimitu, OLF

Group H-Langata Barracks, Mathari Secondary, Strathmore

Basketball Girls

Group A-Buruburu, St Teresas’, Kibukosya

Group B-Raila Education, Precious Blood, County Girls

Group C-Olympic, St Hannah’s, Starehe Girls

Group D-Parklands, Nembu, OLM SM

Group E-Our Lady of Mercy SB, Moi Education, Embakasi Girls

Group F-Agha Khan, Pangani, St Georges

Group G-Rafiki, Ushirika, Ngara

Group H-Dandora, Kamkunji, Soweto

Basketball Boys

Group A-Dagoretti High, Brookshine, Hospital

Group B-Jamhuri, Rafiki, St Teresa’s

Group C-Langata High, Kibukosya, Pumwani

Group D-Nairobi School, Upperhill, Muhuri Muvhiri

Group E-Highway, St Hannah’s, Waylight

Group F-MFA, Lenana, Dagoretti Mixed,

Group G-Aquinas, Mwiki, Starehe

Group H-OLF, Kibera Secondary, Strathmore

Rugby 15s quarterfinals

Lenana v Jamhuri

Dagoretti v Aquinas

Upper Hill v Highway

Ofafa v Nairobi School

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