It's going to be an action packed Saturday as hockey lovers will be served with the following enticing fixtures:
Men Premier League
Nakuru Athletic v Kenya Police
Kenya Police will be looking to keep their 100 percent record intact when they sqaure it off with Nakuru Athletic. Police, who are the overwhelming favourites both in the match and to clinch the title, would want to back their status as giants with a win that will take them to the top. Currently, they occupy the second spot with 12 points after 4 games.
Dolean Mugaisi will however give Nakuru Athletic some hope as he has been in good goal scoring form having registered 3 goals so far. They are however lower in the pecking order at 11th with only a win in 4 matches.
The match will kick off at 6pm at the City Park Stadium in Parklands.
Ladies Premier League
JKUAT v Sliders
The race to catch up with Telkom Orange is on as two of the closest teams go head to head. JKUAT are second with 2 points and two places above their matchday rivals although Sliders have a game in hand. The match is a must win for both sides as any other result will see them lose track of Telkom who already seem to be running away with it.
This too close to call match will kick off at 12pm at the City Park Stadium in Parklands.
National 'A' League
The second division will also have mouth-watering encounters as follows:
Mvita XI v Wazalendo Masters 4pm
Mombasa West v Thika Rovers 4pm
MSC v Impala 5pm
National 'B' League
Kimathi v UON 2pm
Coach Jos Openda of the Telkom Orange Ladies Hockey team has revealed to Kenyanstar the two players he would have loved to include in his Orange team. Speaking exclusively to Kenyanstar for the Kenyan Star of The week Column, Coach Openda revealed that he had actually tried to sign one while the other was currently unavailable for him.
"I look at a player like Yvonne Karanja of strathmore, she's a very fast player, forward oriented. She plays more like we play at Orange. she's one player that I won't mind her coming Over but i also wouldn't like to kill the other team."
"There is also Pauline Naise of Amiras. She's a very talented player, I believe that her talent is still not being natured the way it is supposed to be. I believe that she's still playing more of social hockey instead of Competitive Hockey."
"I think if she moves to Orange she will be able to get a taste of this club championships more frequently and her maturity of the game will come up."
But did coach Openda try getting any of these players?
"Yvonne Karanja is still in school so let's not even discuss her because i didn't make an attempt..."
"Pauline Naise I tried. There was a time she stopped playing hockey and I sent emissaries out for her but when she came back i was shocked she joined Amiras. Maybe her friends are there she feels comfortable there but I told her the best place to be is in Orange."
The full transcript of the Interview with coach Jos Openda will be published next week on the Kenyan Star of The week Column.
Hundreds of young Kenyans are benefiting from the Kenya Youth Hockey Development program that is supported Dutch Business and the Dutch Hockey Community and facilitated by the Kenya Hockey Union.
This program sees coaches from Netherlands, UK, Germany and Kenya train young Kenyans in the Under 8, Under 14 and Under 16 categories every Saturday morning from 8am to 11am at the City Park Stadium. Erik van der Dussen, one of the project initiators and manager, told Kenyanstar on Tuesday that the Dutch Hockey community also extends their support to initiatives like the Wazalendo Young Players Development program, Shelter Children’s Home (Ngong) and Kerugoya girls Hockey Team.
"The program is free for all willing kids who would like to learn some hockey" said Erik.
"We teach the basics of the game, we also teach things like how to come from losing 1-0 to win 2-1, how to handle a defeat and other mental aspects of the game."
"The Dutch support goes all the way to providing funds for transport, bottled water, fresh fruit and warm meals at the Saturday morning program. We have (hungry) kids coming all the way from Kibera, so the support is very relevant. If we get more and more people to support this in any form, it will be really great."
"Numbers wise we have at least a constant of 60 kids both boys and girls coming here every Saturday though sometimes it could go high or low because of understandably various circumstances."
Commenting on the program, Orange Telkom Ladies Hockey team Coach, Jos Openda, who is also the Vice Chairman of Hockey Nairobi hailed it saying it was a step in the right direction in the development of Hockey in the country.
"Most of our players start playing hockey at high school level so it is a good thing for us to get a chance to introduce the game at a very young age" Said Openda.
Mid-week hockey action will be underway today in the Men Premier division as Sikh Union take on Parkroad Badgers at 6pm in City Park Stadium in Parklands.
Both teams will be hoping for a win to propel them to the top have of the table as they are languishing dangerously close to the base.
Sikh Union are 10th win three points after three games, they have won one and lost two and have a goal difference of one. Parkroad also has three points after three games with one win and two losses but their goal difference of negative one leaves them at 12th.
Sikh forward Francis Eshikuri is expected to make an impact for Sikh as he already has scored two goals
After the weekend round of fixtures Green Sharks lead the Men Premier League table with 14 points followed by Kenya Police and Wazalendo with 13 points and 10 points respectively. However, Sharks have already played 7 games, that is three more than both Police and Wazalendo. At the bottom of the pile is TUK with no point after 4 games.
When it comes to goals, the most prolific player at the moment is Sharks' Chris Muchwanju with 4 goals. Players that have been regulars on the scoresheet in the Men League include:
Chris Muchwanjo (Green Sharks)- 4 goals
Festus Onyango (Strathmore Uni)- 3 goals
Kevin Simiyu (Green Sharks) - 3 goals
Dolean Mugaisi (Nakuru Athletic)- 3 goals
Nelson Shirako (Wazalendo)- 3 goals
Emmanuel Simiyu (Butali Warriors)- 3 goals
George Mutira (Chase Sailors) - 3 goals
In the Ladies category Telkom Orange dominate the league. They have a 100 percent record with 5 wins in 5, cementing their place in the summit of the league. JKUAT and Chase Amira follow with 8 points and 7 points respectively, though the two have a game in hand over Telkom. UoN and MSC are at the bottom of the pile with no points even though MSC have only played 2 games compared to UoN's 4 games.
In the scorers' chat Telkom ladies foster their supremacy as they have produced the top three scorers so far. Audrey Omaido leads with 6 goals, averaging to an impressive 1.2 goals per game. The top hitters are as follows:
Audrey Omaido (Telkom Orange) - 6 goals
Jackie Mwangi (Telkom Orange)- 5 goals
Maureen Okumu (Telkom Orange)- 4 goals
Susan Oketch (Chase Amira)- 4 goals
Caroline Guchu (Telkom Orange)- 3 goals
Lorraine Nondi (Chase Amira)- 3 goals
Pauline Naise ( Chase Amira)- 3 goals
Gilly Okumu (Strathmore Uni)- 3 goals.
Kenya Police will face second from last Parklands on Saturday in the men's premier match at 2pm in Parkland's city park stadium.
Police have a 100 percent record with three wins in three where as Parklands only have a draw after three matches that leaves them in 14th. A win for Police will see them move to the summit of the table.
But Before that the current leaders Green Sharks face KCAU at 12pm in the opening men's premier match. Sharks have 11 points after 6 games while KCAU are on 13th with 1 point having played only 2 games.
In the ladies' premier match MSC play their first game of the season against Sliders who are 5th with one win and one defeat.
In the National League "A" match Parkroad Tigers play Mombasa West at 6pm with both teams on 3 points though Mombasa West have a game in hand.
Green Sharks and Chase Sailors played out a 3 all draw in an enticing hockey premier league match at City Park Stadium in Parklands, Nairobi.
The match was end to end but it was the Sailors that appeared to have the upper hand as they were leading 3-2 until the final minute when Sharks managed to snatch an equaliser.
"We came out for a win but given we got a draw we look forward to the next match because this one is done and dusted. The tactic was to always get the three points which ever way you see it", the Sailors captain told Kenyan Star.
He also added that, "We knew they were quite aggressive so our game plan was to pass the ball as much as possible to avoid contact which really helped us cause we just gave it up the last two minutes".
The draw now takes Sharks on the summit of the league with 10 points even though they have already played five games. Sailors move to 4th with 10 points after 4 games.
Impala moved top of the National League 'A' with a 2-0 win over Thika Rovers at City Park in Parklands, Nairobi.
Team captain Fidel Castro was happy with the teams' performance. "Being our second match we came for three points and we are lucky and happy that we got all the three points. We started it in a high note and at some point we lost concentration and we were attacked but we corrected and scored another one and became comfortable and we took the win", he told Kenyan Star.
The Impala skipper talked of two tactics coming into the match, he said, "Coming into the match we had two possible tactics, one if the team is not fit we run them out then we start playing but if they are equally fit we have to move the ball faster."
Thika Rovers remain 4th with 3 points after two games while Impala have 6 points with two games.
Vikings beat Sliders 2-1 in the ladies hockey premier league played at City Park in Parklands, Nairobi.
The match was tighly contested but the Vickings captain Doreen Otieno believed the win was well deserved. "The match today was a bit tough but we had to win because of the defeat against Chase the previous day and i want to thank the girls, they fought the good fight. We played our game well and we maintained our position and we earned it", Doreen told Kenyan Star.
The captain also insisted that focus is key, "Our main tactic was focus, we just had to focus on the match, all the other things were skill and everything else was on point. Focus is everything".
The win takes Vikings level on point with Sliders at 6th however they have played a game more than Sliders.
Chase Amira experienced a frustrating morning in their ladies premier league encounter against JKUAT that ended in a barren draw at City Park in Parklands, Nairobi.
Amira played on the offensive but could not take their chances and break down the tight JKUAT defence.
"I think we played the game and its only that we didn't make use of our chances, otherwise we have one point," Amira coach Janet Wanyama told Kenyanstar.
The coach also commented on JKUAT ladies defensive style of play when she said, "I think they know our game play and they came with the tactics of making sure they beefed up the defence and deny us scoring chance."
Amira remain second on 7 points after four games.
JKUAT ladies hockey team played out a barren draw against Chase Amira in the Hockey Premier League at the City Park pitch in Parklands, Nairobi.
It was evident from the first whistle that JKUAT came into the match with a defensive mentality that earned them a draw at the end.
The JKUAT captain Lesly Bonyo told Kenyanstar that, "It was a hard game, we were tensed but we are happy with the draw because we have really strangled and last time they beat us 8-0. It was very important (the win) this was a hard game".
On the team tactics she said that, "We wanted to score one goal then defend but the goal didnt come so we defended all through the game".
The draw leaves JKUAT at fourth place with five points after playing three games.
Results from the weekend Hockey action;
Premier League Men
Kenya Police 1-0 Green Sharks
Kenyatta University 1-2 Wazalendo
KCA-U 0-0 Chase Sailors (abandoned in the 39th minute due to rain),
Kenyatta University v Wazalendo- (postponed)
Youngstars 2-1 JKUAT
Karate Axiom 0-1 UoN
Bay Club 2-0 JKUAT
Gorilla 0-3 Wazalendo Masters
Susan Oketch scored four goals against MMU for a comfortable 12-1 win in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match played at the City Park Stadium. MMU who were returning to the league after three years were barely in contention with Lorraine Nondi and Mitchelle Mobye adding two goals each in the one-sided match.
Other goal scorers were Yvette Kanyandong, Margaret Macharia, Leah Omwando and Pauline Naise. This was the first win for Chase Amira after losing their opening match to Telkom Orange last weekend.
Esther Chamchui scored the consolation goal for the students in a match that they offered little challenge to a dominant Chase Amira. Lynette Onyango, the Chase Amira coach was happy because the players followed match instructions and converted almost all the chances.
"It was a good game. The girls played to their ability and worked hard throughout the match. Even though we dominated them and they never looked threatening," Onyango said after the match.
Her MMU counterpart Vincent Mutembei blamed the loss to panic and lack of concentration from his players.
"We were never going to win with how we started. We panicked from the onset and let the opponents dictate the match. We didn't challenge them throughout the match. We will go out and work on the mistakes and hoping that we will put on a good show come the next match, " MMU coach told Sports News Arena.
Having gone down by three goals to defending champions Telkom Orange in the first match three weeks ago, Amira were determined to make amends. They did, against a side returning to the league after three years.
The floodgate of goals opened as early as in the the second minute when Kanyandong capitalized on a defensive error to fire past MMU goal keeper Faith Morei. It was 2-0 after 12 minutes when Oketch slotted her first. Four more goals were to follow in a disastrous half as Chase Amira took a healthy 6-0 at the break.
The goals continued five minutes after the break with Morei getting her name on the score sheet after a nice pass by Naise. Chamchui scored the lone goal in the, 48th minute off a rebound after Amira keeper Rachel Kerubo had saved a hard Rachel Ndutos shot.
In the men’s Premier League, Clayson Luvanda scored a 64th minute equalizer as Strathmore University salvaged a 1-1 draw against Western Jaguars in Kakamega.
Western Jaguars now have four points from three matches, more than their overall tally of last season. Ian Baron had opened the scoring for the home side in the 11th minute as they played in the unfamiliar grass surfaced-pitch.
In the National League, Park Road Tigers bounced back from a humiliating 0-5 loss to Thika Rovers as Cyrus Kanyi’s brace helped them to a 3-1 win over Daystar University.
Kanyi was on target after converting a penalty corner in the 17th minute before Lewis Momanyi doubled their lead five minutes later. Malcolm Brent pulled a goal back for the students in the 53rd minute before Kanyi’s last minute strike put the result beyond doubt.
Multiple league champions Telkom Orange are unlikely to relinquish the title any time soon. On Sunday, they overran United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) Spartans 10-0 at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.
In this match, veteran striker Jackline Mwangi sparkled. She is in no mood of letting the younger players hog the headlines after scoring three goals. Maureen Okumu, Barbara Simiyu, and Caroline Guchu netted a brace each with former captain Betsy Omalla sounding the board once.
Telkom Orange who are chasing their 20th league title were dominant from the word go and hardly gave the students any breathing space. Any move that the students made in order to get to their opponents D was stopped. The counter attacks produced goals.
Telkom Orange defense trio of Lucy Wangeci, Terry Juma and Flavian Mutiva had an easy time. They were hardly tested. Simiyu opened the scoring in the second minute when she caught USIU-A defenders on the wrong foot to slot past keeper Nouvelle Becca.
After the opener, the students managed to hold on for 10 minutes by playing defensively. But their game plan only lasted until the 13th minute when Okumu ran past three players to score the second goal.
With two goals down, USIU-A were forced into chasing the match but the experience in the Telkom Orange team made it difficult to even get closer to the D.
They were kept at bay easily and most of the first half was played in the opponent's half. Another lapse in the USIU-A defence saw Omalla score the third goal in the 26th minute.
Three minutes later, the African champions were back in the student's D this time through a short corner that was brilliantly slotted in by Guchu for a 4-0 scoreline. Guchu was on target once again three minutes later.
On resumption Telkom Orange intensified their goal hunt. Their efforts paid off in the 44th minute when Okumu scored a field goal to complete her brace. Mwangi finally put her name on the score sheet in the 51st minute when she beat Becca in goal with a ferocious shot after being put through by Guchu.
Two minutes later, Mwangi converted a penalty corner to stretch the lead 8-0. Simiyu scored her second and ninth for Telkom Orange in the 54th minute through a penalty stroke before Mwangi hit her hat-trick seven minutes to time.
In another match, Strathmore University Scorpions beat newly promoted University of Nairobi 5-1. Strathmore took the lead in the 18th minute through Elizabeth Ngumbo before UoN equalized 10 minutes later through Mercy Terer. Nancy Wanjue scored a brace in span of four minutes in the second half to give Strathmore a 3-1 lead with 18 minutes to play. Gilly Okumu wound up a good day in office for Meshack Senge’s side with a brace in the 62nd and 64th minutes. In the men's Premier League, Alex Kubasu scored with five minutes to play to hand Green Sharks a 1-0 win over Park Road Badgers.
Former champions Kenya Police were also victorious over Chase Sailors thanks to two second half goals from Amos Bakrir and Brian Saina.
Men: Premier League- Nakuru Athletic Club 0 Wazalendo 2-Nakuru, Western Jaguars 1 Strathmore University 1-Kakamega National League- Park Road Tigers 3 Daystar University 1, Kabarak University 0 Wazalendo Youth 0
Women: Chase Amira 12 Multimedia University 1
Telkom Orange 10 USIU-A Spartans 0, Strathmore University Scorpions 5 Univesity of Nairobi 1 (Women's National League), Green Sharks 1 Park Road Badgers 0, Kenya Police 2 Chase Sailors 0 (Men's Premier League).
Report: Sports News Arena
The Nairobi Region Secondary Schools Term One Games are set to kick off on Saturday the 25th March at State House Girls with some game being played at Nairobi School. A total of 16 teams (7 girls and 9 boys) will participate in this year’s event. The games will end on Sunday the 26th March 2017.
Moi Girls and Upperhill School represented the region last year in the nationals but this year, each region will be represented by 2 teams. Upperhill finished second last year in the finals after being beaten by Kamusinga in the final. Moi Girls were eliminated in the group stages after loosing all their matches.
Brookside is the title sponsor for the Kenya Secondary Schools games.
Source -- Hockey Kenya