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Maseno School will yet again be the team to beat during the Nyanza Region Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association term two games that take place at Cardinal Otunga, Mosocho in Kisii County next week.
As expected, Maseno, coached by Paul Nyamita, thrashed Ngere High School 50-0 in the semi-finals before serving the same dose to last year’s runners-up Thur-Dibuoro, whom they crashed 40-0, in the final to win the Kisumu county sevens rugby title at the weekend.
In Siaya county, Ambira School dethroned champions St Mary’s Yala 17-10 to qualify for the regionals while in boys’ football Under-19, Kisumu Day made a brilliant comeback after beating last year’s champions St Ignasious Loyola, Magadi 5-4 on post match penalties.
Kisumu Day also won the Under-16 boys’ football title after a narrow 1-0 win over Maseno.
In girls Under-19 football, Nyakach will carry Kisumu’s flag at the regionals after seeing off Magadi 1-0. Magadi will, however, represent the county in Under-16 after edging out Agai in the finals.
In netball, Obambo Girls thrashed Ngiya 60-5 to retain the trophy and will be flying Siaya’s flag at the county championship.
In Kisii county, Mogonga Girls secured the netball ticket to the regional games after beating Birongo 55-22 to lift the trophy for the fourth straight year before their boys volleyball team outplayed national champions Sengera SDA, beating them 3-1 to qualify.
However, Sengera SDA withstood the pressure from promising Kerera to successfully defend their girls volleyball title with a hard-fought 3-1 win.
In football, holders Gesero Boys and Girls successfully defended their Under-19 titles but lost their Under-16 girls crown to Moteribe. Gesero Under-19 girls saw off Omobera 2-0 in an ill-tempered final that saw three players red carded.
Moteribe Girls Under-16 denied Gesero a third title, beating them 2-0 while little-known Riayabu edged out Sameta 2-1 to win the Boys Under-16 category. In rugby, Nyabigena High School upset favourites Kisii School 12-7.
Meanwhile, Nanyuki High School in Laikipia County will play host to this year’s Rift Valley primary schools games that begin on Wednesday.
Fourteen counties, Laikipia (hosts), Narok, Kajiado, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Turkana, Samburu and Baringo will all have representation, looking to get a ticket to the national games.
Stakes are high in football where Nandi county are the defending champions while Londiani Girls and Belgut Boys from Kericho are the teams to watch out in volleyball.