Timothy Simwa and Viden Ochieng
National rugby 15s defending champions Kakamega School will hope to defend their title when secondary schools converge in Embu County for Term One national games next month after retaining their Western region title over the weekend at Friends School Kamusinga.
The Barbarians were stretched to their last nerve in a scintillating encounter against St Peters Boys Mumias at the finals but shrugged off the pressure to down their opponents 6-3 in a match none of the two sides was able to touch home try.
Two penalties successfully converted by Tony Owino made the whole difference that handed Kakamega the ticket to the nationals in which they will be drawn against St Mary’s Yala from Nyanza, Eastern 1 and Central regions representatives in Pool A. Pool B will bring together Rift Valley representatives debutants Menengai Secondary alongside Coast, Nairobi and Eastern 2 regions’ representatives.
According to Kakamega’s coach Amos Wamanga, his side has the ability to endure pressure and remains hopeful they will successfully carry home the national title for the second year in a row. “It was a tough match bearing I mind we met St Peter’s at the regional finals in which we had also won. Handling the pressure was not easy but that’s all in our past now as our focus has now shifted to the big event next month,” Wamanga reckoned. Maseno School was major casualties in the just-ended Nyanza Region Term One Games at Sawagongo and St Mary’s School ,Yala.
In rugby 15s, it was a painful exit for the Kisumu County Champions as a coin ended their journey of participating in the national games next month that will be held in Embu.
Coach Paul Nyamita’s side had tied with regional champions St Mary’s Yala 10-10 in the normal time and 6-6 on penalties. The stalemate saw the match decided through coin tossing which went in favour of the host St Mary Yala.
Maseno trophy drought stretched to two years as they miss national games for the second consecutive year.
In handball finals, they lost to defending champions Kanyawanga.
In hockey girls it was an all-Kisumu County affair as East Africa and National hockey champions Sinyolo Girls’ and regional boys’ hockey Champions Kisumu Day successfully defended their titles with an identical 1-0 win at St Mary’s Yala school grounds.