Timothy Simwa @timsimwa
Laiser Hill Academy have qualified for the national Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) term two games after emerging the new Rift Valley region rugby sevens champions in the ongoing regional event at Hills School in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county.
Laiser smashed Nakuru Day 19-0 in a one-sided final to bag regional bragging rights thanks to Nicholas Kato, Gregory Simiyu and Branson Madigu who scored tries.
The victory was consolation for the Kajiado-based side, who relinquished their East Africa rugby 15s title last term, following their defeat at the same stage to Menengai Mixed. Nakuru will, however, proceed to the nationals as first runners-up alongside Bwake from Trans Nzoia and St Micheal Kipsombe who finished third and fourth respectively.
Meanwhile, national football girls champions Wiyeta will face Plateau from Uasin Gishu in today’s semi-finals after whitewashing Saseta from Kericho 10-0 in the quarter-finals yesterday.
Captain Gentrix Shikangwa netted five goals for the champions to take her tally to six which makes her the tournament’s top scorer so far.
Plateau advanced to the semis after stunning Ole Tipis 2-1 in the second quarter-final and have their work cut out against experienced Wiyeta.
In the second semi-final, 2007 East Africa champions Itigo will face unfamiliar foes Nasokol from West Pokot in what is expected to be a hotly-contested encounter.
Itigo qualified into today’s semis following their convincing 3-0 victory over Wamba with goals from Jackline Ekitela, Vivian Koech and Camila Cheptoo.
Nasokol on the other hand laboured to advance with a solitary win over an impressive Gatero Girls from Laikipia.
In boys football, red hot Laiser Hill booked a berth in today’s semis after walloping Njoro Boys 5-0 in the last eight and coach Anthony Kirimi believes the battle is far from over with his side set to face the winner between Wareng and last year’s regional finalists Chemase from Nandi.
“The start has been so encouraging but we have to treat every opponent with caution since no team is here by chance. We all want to win,” said Kirimi.
In the quarter-final, Chilchila from Kericho qualified after beating Kimuron of Elgeyo Marakwet 4-3 on post-match penalties following a barren draw in regulation time while in girls’ volleyball, heavyweights Cheptil will lock horns with Nakuru’s St Joseph’s Kirandich as Kesogon entertain Chebororwa from Elgeyo Marakwet in the second semifinal.