Multiple national Hockey champions St. Anthony’s Kitale won the Rift Valley Secondary Schools Sports Association (RVSSSA) played today at their home ground.
It was an easy run for Trans Nzoia based school against Oloolaiser from Kajiado 7-0 in a one sided match. As Oloolaiser had planned to revenge against the team that beat them 4-0 in group stages, it was a reverse as St. Anthony ended the championships without conceding any goal.
Nicholas Muchiti scored first for his side for a 1-0 lead, Dominique Maido added the second before Oscar Kibet adding the third into the first water break with a 3-0.
Basil Wamalwa added two fast goals and Brian Okech for a 6-0 at half break.
With St. Anthony head coach Kevin Lugalia making four substitutes, the third quarter was goalless but Rowlings Sikolia sealed the victory in 7-0 in the last quarter to give St. Anthony another opportunity to defend the national title next month in Embu.
Lugania says this time they will play new hockey that will be more entertaining.
“We have changed how hockey is played in this school. It’s no longer business as usual since budding players come in with new skills. At the same time, hockey won’t die in this school since the culture dictates that the older students pass the skills to the next,” said Lugalia.
In semi final, the winners beat Tambach 6-0 as Oloolaiser won by 1-0 against Kabianga.
In girls category, new comers Trans Nzoia Mixed won the title with a 4-0 win against Tachasis Girls’. Bavelyn Akoth and Valentine Akinyi gave scored a goal apiece in the first and second quarters before Caren Juma and Mercilyne Andala netted a goal.
Coach Joseph Onyango was optimistic that he will carry the national title.
“It has been a tough event but we came out as winners. Our opponents used long shots but we killed that with our short passes. We are going for nothing short of a win,” said Onyango.
In other results, Kirandich Girls’ and Saniak Boys’ were the winners of Handball titles played at the same venue.
Kirandich won the title after beating Wiyeta Girls 21-18 in final match while Saniak beat Rafiki Boys’ 18-17.
In semifinal, Kirandich shone 18-13 over Cheptiret and Wiyeta beat Naskol 10-09.
In boys best four, Saniak walloped Wambaa 22-14 while Rafiki beat Kitany 29-23.