Kenya rugby15s champions Kakamega High school and Hockey champions St. Anthony registered wins in the opening day of East Africa School Games Gulu, Uganda.
The reigning champions walloped Mbarara from Uganda 69-14. The Kenyan side was in a class of their own as they ran in nine tries in the lop-sided encounter played at the Comboni Vocational Institute. The win saw Kakamega High, popularly known as Barbarians, earn a bonus point after they scored more than four tries to secure five points.
Prop Chrisant Ojwang got proceedings underway with two converted tries as Kakamega showed the intention of claiming a seventh title with an early 14-0 lead. Mbarara struggled to leave their own 22 as Kakamega pressed them back.
Derrick Ashihundu, Barry Opondo, and Timothy Omela extended Kakamega’s advantage as the Kenyans led 28-0 at halftime. The hosts would improve after the break and got a converted try through Emmanuel Kwebikanga.
However, Kakamega killed any hopes of a Mbarara comeback with four more tries through Fredrick Mwalati, Valerian Tendwa, Alvin Wanjala and Eugene Mayinzi. Mbarara would give the score a decent look with a late Philip Mohoozi try that was converted.
Upper Hill went down 12-7 to 2015 winners Laiser Hill in an all-Kenyan match at the same venue. Former Upper Hill flyhalf Johnstone Olindi impressed, scoring a try and a conversion and Joel Inzuga added another try. Upper Hill’s Brian Kimani got his side’s sole try, and Abutwalib Wesonga dully converted but it was not enough to prevent the loss.
In girls’ basketball, reigning champions Kaya Tiwi secured a narrow 37-36 win over compatriots Tigoi Girls in another all-Kenyan clash at Kaunda grounds.
The topsy-turvy affair saw Kaya Tiwi trail 13-8 in the opening quarter before the sides sunk six points each in the second quarter as Tigoi led 19-14 at halftime. Kaya Tiwi would improve in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 11-4 but Tigoi took the final quarter 13-12 but suffered a painful lost by half a basket.
Men’s champions APE Rugunga of Burundi beat Uganda’s Baptiste 62-54.
National boys’ hockey champions St Anthony’s Kitale started their title campaign with a 5-0 win over Uganda’s St Mary’s Kisubi on the first day of action at the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games on Saturday.
St Anthony’s, who have won the regional crown five times, secured the emphatic win thanks to a brace from Oquack Kabiur, with team mates Newton Simiyu, Oscar Kibet and Brian Ongeche also on target.
St Anthony’s were 2-0 up by halftime, silencing the home supporters with impressive displays and goals. Simiyu opened the scoring for St Anthony’s in the 16th minute, bundling home a field goal.
Four minutes later, Kabiur opened his account as he finished off Simiyu’s short corner.
St Anthony’s coach Kelvin Lugalia is targeting more of the same performance in the coming matches.
“We were able to shut out their wing players and that weakened their attack, allowing us control of the match,” Lugalia said.
The result took St Anthony’s to the top of the pool after Kenya’s other teams – Kisumu Day and Upper Hill – settled for a 0-0 draw.
The girls’ matches also witnessed draws after former winners St Cecilia Misikhu battled to a 0-0 draw with compatriots St Joseph’s Kitale. Girls’ champions Sinyolo play Misikhu Sunday morning.
In boys’ football, the 2002 winners St Anthony’s Boys Kitale marked their return to these games with a 1-0 win an over Lycee du Kigali.
James Kibande scored the winning goal late in the second half to give the Peter Mayoyo-led side a perfect start on their return.
Kenyan champions Upper Hill went down 3-2 to homeside Kibuli Secondary School, with Allan Okello bagging a hat-trick. Upper Hill replied through Jeremy Onyango and Ramadhan Abdalla. Kenya’s third side Kakamega High School plays Jinja Secondary School in their opening encounter ton Sunday.
In girls’ football, four time winners Wiyeta Girls settled for a 2-2 draw with G.S. Kabusunzu of Rwanda, with Monica Etot hitting a brace to rescue the Kenyan side from defeat.