National secondary schools handball champions Mukumu Boys kicked off their 2018 campaign strongly after trouncing Shabwali 45-7 in a one-sided Kakamega East sub county secondary schools finals played at their backyard on Sunday.
Mukumu, who were tactically and physically superior to Shabwali, expressed their intentions by grabbing 12 scores within the first 10 minutes with right winger Brian Wekesa bagging seven while left-back Phillip Juma converted five.
The hosts killed off the match in the first half after Shadrack Ombati utilised his height to unleash wrist shots that resulted in nine scores with Mark Juma grabbing two more for Mukumu through diving strikes.
Shabwali responded through left winger Job Muhembi, who scored four to send the match into the break with Mukumu leading 23-4.
After the break, Anthony Wekesa’s charges continued with the rout, stretching helpless Shabwali to the limit to ensure a comfortable win for the team after they added 22 points that were shared between Ammy Juma, Sammy Amani, Mark Juma and Ombati with John Mulamula responding with three scores for Shiabwali for a 45-7 final score.
‘‘It is nice to see the boys are still focused and hungry for more titles and as the head coach, I am impressed. We still have some more work to do as we progress to the county level,” said Mukumu coach Anthony Wekesa.
In the girls’ category, former national champions Mukumu Girls hammered St Agnes Shibuye 43-5 win to book a place in the county games set to take place next month.
Mukumu Girls, under the tutelage of Roselyne Ilavonga, controlled the match from the onset with Christine Anai, Valery Lukorito and Trizzer Ndobi sharing the scores.