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New champions emerge as curtains come down at Rift Valley school games

Tachasis, Kirandich and Kabianga are the new champions of Rift Valley Secondary Schools Sports Association (RVSSSA) ahead of National championships to be staged in Mombasa next month.

But Laiser Hill was in top fome, completing a double win at the championships that came to an end on Friday evening at Tambach High school ground.

The reigning national secondary school rugby7s champions defended their Rift Valley title when they won the rugby-seven-a-side on Thursday at Sing’ore girls before winning basketball title on Friday at Tambach Teachers Training College.

On Thursday the two time national champions came from two tries down to defeat Menegai Boys 19-17 to retain their RVSSSA title, winning the first title at the championships ahead of Friday’s final day.

On Friday, the Kajiado county school defeted Kapsabet Boys to lift the Basketball title. They mercolsesly thrashed their opponents 114 against Nandi’s 34 to get double chance at the national championships set for Mombasa next month.

The win gave the champions will have another opportunity to defend their national title as term one games will be staged in Mombasa.

Lasier head coach Marcus Wambua said his side was in good position after playing the best opponent in the tournament.

“We had a better side against the a better one. We relaxed in the first half and conceded fast tries but we had to learn from the mistakes to ensure that we get the title. Our fast second half tries paid off and we will replicate this at the national level,” said Wambua.

In the girls category, St. Brogid Hogh school Kiminini won the basketball title after a slim win against Moi Girls high school, Eldoret.

Oscar Kibet scored the only goal as East East Africa hockey bronze medalist St. Anthony’s Kitale retained their title.

Kibet’s goal was crucial as the Trans Nzoia’s Kitale defeated hosts Tambach 1-0 at Tambach high school court A while St. Mary’s Tachasis Girls shocked East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association hockey champion girls bronze medalsit Trans Nzoia in a 2-0 win.

Tachasis under the tutelage of Daniel Kibaba scored through Gladys Cheroben and Lydia Moraa.

Cheroben and Moraa both scored in their 3-1 win against Njoro girls in the second semifinal.

Head coach Daniel Kibaba was a happy man to make to the national for th first time. Kibaba said there was poor officiating but managed good results.

“Our focus is to play at the national level despite facing the champions. We wll win against them tomorrow to make a slot to the national championships,” said Kibaba.

National champions St. Anthony’s Kitale will be facing off with hosts Tambach Boys at the boys final.

Former national handball champions Saniak boys from Nandi won handball title after edging out Nakuru’s Kamaito boys in a thrilling 19-15 while while Kirandich girs from Nakuru defeated Nabunga from Trans Nzoia 31-16.

kabianga High school are the new rugby25s champions after trouncing St. Patrick’s Iten in a final match. The champions made two converted tries while their opponents failed to convert one try for 14-12 win.

At the semifinal, Iten defaeted Kapsabet Boys 9-6 in the first semifinal as Kabianga narrowly won 19-18 against Suwerwa at the semifinal two.

Friday final results

Hockey girls

Trans Nzoia Mixed 0-2 St. Mary’s Tachasisi

Hockey boys

St. Anthony’s 1-0 Tambach

Rugby 15s

St. Patrick’s Iten 12-14 Kabianga

Basketball girls

St. Brigid Kimini 42-40 Moi girls Eldoret

Basketball boys

Laiser Hill 114-34 Kapsabet Boys

handball girls

Kirandich 31-16 Nabunga

handball boys

Saniaka 19-15 Kamito

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