It was a weekend of mixed results in the mens' Kenya Hockey Union league as several sides registered wins while others suffered shock losses to fall further in the pecking order.
Nairobi Sikh registered the biggest win of the weekend, thumping Wazalendo 5-0 to take their point tally to 21. The win however did not have any impact on the table as they remained 5th on the log after nine games.
Parklands Sports Club rose a spot to 8th after seeing off strugglers Technical University in a 4-1 win while Greensharks beat Kenyatta University 2-0 to leap to 2nd place. They now have 30 points after fourteen matches and are behind leaders Kenya Police who have played a match less. Butali Warriors who were not in action during the weekend sum up the top three positions.
Defending Champions Strathmore University fell into more misery after going down 3-2 to fellow learners KCA University on Sunday July 16. The win rose KCA four places to 10th with eleven points while further lowering Strathmore's position to 13th with ten points.
Strathmore University soared to the second position of the women’s Kenya Hockey Union league after a comfortable 3-1 win over Jkuat.
Sylvia Mukami scored for Jkuat early in the game to put them ahead but Strathmore surged from behind to stage an incredible comeback through goals from Virginia Wanyee, Gilly Okumu and Ruth Odhiambo. The 3-1 win takes the Scorpions to 2nd place and are now four points adrift of leaders Telkom.
At City Park Stadium, Vikings beat Mombasa Sports Club 3-0 to bag vital points that would lift them upto 6th position in the league table. Leaders Telkom were not involved during the weekend but still top the charts with 27 points. Strathmore are second having displaced USIU who come in third with apoint less than the Scorpions.
Audrey Omaido moved to the top of the Women Hockey Premier League scoring chart with a brace as defending champions Telkom put up another stellar performance in an 11-0 demolition of MultiMedia University on Saturday in a match that saw Betsy Ommala grab her first hat trick of the season.
Omaido leads the chat with 15 goals to her name, one ahead of compatriot Jackline Mwangi who sat out the Saturday match.
Elsewhere, Sliders got their first win in five matches with a 4-0 victory over multimedia university on Sunday to heap misery on the students who conceded a whooping 13 goals through the two matches they played over the weekend.
In the other women hockey premier league match of the weekend, Chase Amira were 3-1 victors over Mombasa Sports Club.
Men's premier League Results
Chase Sailors 1-2 Nakuru Athletic Club
Western Jaguars 1- 2 Green Sharks 2
Western Jaguars 1 - 1 Park Road Badgers
Parklands Sports Club 0 -1 Nakuru Athletic Club
Kenya Police 3 -1 United States International University-Africa
Two goals in the second quarter and another two in the last quarter ensured victory over Technical University of Kenya and second place for the first time this season for Butali Sugar Warriors.
Butali Sugar Warriors have a chance to move second on the log for the first time this season when they play bottom placed TUK in a Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match on Wednesday[14th June] at Nairobi's City park Stadium from 6pm.
Butali are currently in third place on 22 points with 8 matches played, Just a point behind second placed Green Sharks and a win will see them move to second, 6 points behind leaders Kenya Police but with two games in hand.
The warriors have the league's best conversion rate so far this season with an average of 3.75 goals per match having score a total of 30 goals so far. They also have the best defense in the league having conceded just 5 goals, an average of 0.63 goals per match.
Besides run away leaders, Kenya Police, Butali are the only other side yet to lose a match this season.
TUK, on the other side of the table, have played 10 matches, lost 8 and won only one. TUK have the league's second worst conversion rate having scored just 8 goals in 10 matches, an average of 0.8 goals per match. TUK also have the second worst defense in the league that has let in a whooping 24 goals, an average of 2.4 goals per match.
TUK will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them get their first win of the season last weekend when they beat Western Jaguars 3-2. Butali's last league match was a 3-0 win against Park Road Badgers on 3rd of June.
USIU-A Captain, Beatrice Mbugua, led from the front netting a hat trick as her side smashed Multimedia University 9-0 in a Ladies Hockey Premier League Match placed at the City Park Stadium on Saturday in a match that also saw national team player Rhoda Kuria net a hat trick.
USIU-A's win takes them to 21 points, just three points behind defending champions and league leaders Telkom who are on 24 with both teams having played eight matches so far.
Full results from the weekend Matches
TUK 3-2 Western Jaguars
Strathmore Uni 3-1 Green Sharks
Wazalendo 5-3 Western Jaguars
KU 0-1 Parklands
National League A
MSC 2-1 Mombasa West
National League B
JKUAT 3-1 Kabarak
MMU 4-1 Kimathi
Karate 0-4 Kabarak
MMU 6-2 UON
Baby Club 0-1 Youngstars
USIU-A 9-0 MMU
Vikings 2-0 UON
With a single win out of six matches, Western Jaguars will hope to turn their fortunes around when they play two league matches this weekend at the City park Stadium Nairobi. Jaguars play Kenyatta University on Saturday at 4pm before facing off a resurgent Wazalendo on Sunday at 9am.
Two wins for western Jaguars will send them up the log to sixth place with 12 points but their recent form suggests this will be unlikely.
KU Vs Western Jaguars 4pm
Strathmore Uni Vs Green Sharks 6pm
National League A
MSC vs Mombasa West 3pm
National League B
JKUAT vs Kabarak 12pm
MMU vs Kimathi 2pm
Wazalendo vs Western Jaguars 9am
KU vs Parklands 5pm
Vikings vs UON 1pm
National League B
Karate vs Kabarak 11am
MMU vs UON 3pm
Baby Club vs Youngstars 10am
League Leaders Kenya Police came twice from behind to salvage a point against a resurgent Wazalendo Hockey Club in a premier league match played at the Nairobi City Park Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Calvins Kanu put police ahead in the 12th minute but the lead was short lived with Wazalendo responding almost immediately via Eric Ochieng to put the score at 1-1 in the first quarter.
Wazalendo then pulled ahead in the first minute of the second quarter with Sam Wekesa converting a short corner But police would restore parity with Edmond Makona converting a short corner in the 25th minute to tie the match at 2-2 at Half time.
Wazalendo were not about to stop and in the 42nd minute converted yet again another short corner, this time round Kennedy Munialo scoring what would have been a winner.
With three minutes on the clock, Oliver Echenje grabbed an equalizer for Kenya Police.
The match brought an end to Kenya Police's 10 match winning streak albeit extending their lead on top of the log by one more point, eight in total ahead of second placed Green Sharks.
4th placed Wazalendo Hockey Club will on Wednesday evening seek to end league leaders, Kenya Police's winning streak when the two teams meet in a midweek hockey premier league action at the City Park Stadium in Nairobi from 6pm.
While police have had a perfect ran of 10 wins out of 10 matches in the league so far, Wazalendo have had mixed results and would be counting on replicating a performance that saw them emerge 3-2 winners over KCA University last Sunday[4 June].
Going into the match, Police have scored a total of 31 goals, an average of 3.1 per game and conceded just 5, an average of one goal in every two matches.
Wazalendo on the other hand have scored 19 goals in 9 matches, an average of 2.1 goals per match and conceded 11, an average of 1.2 goals per match.
A win for Wazalendo will close the gap between them and 3rd placed Butali to just one point albeit wazalendo having played two more matches.
Police on the other hand can open a ten point gap at the top of the league table should they win on Wednesday.
With two matches to play in the first leg, Ladies Hockey Premier League champions, Orange Telkom, hit the 50 goal mark in the 2017 season with a 6-0 win over JKUAT on Sunday(4 June).
Two players; Jackie Mwangi and Audrey Omaido have contributed close to half of that goal haul jointly leading the league's top scorers' chat with 12 goals apiece with Maureen Okumu contributing 9 more.
Orange Telkom have won all their 8 matches so far this season and are yet to concede a goal, in tandem with their self set target of winning the league without conceding a single goal.
Orange Telkom Tops the league, six points ahead of USIU-A who have played one match less.
USIU - A ladies hockey team consolidated their second place position in the ladies premier league with a 2-0 win over chase Amira in a match played on Saturday at City Park Stadium.
The 2pm kick off match was delayed for 17 minutes as the second umpire was being awaited.
When it finally kicked off, the game was evenly matched in the first two quarters but USIU turned on the heat in third Quarter with Ruth Wangechi converting a short corner in the 43rd minute.
Chase Amira missed a glorious chance to get back into the game in the 50th minute when Susan Oketch failed to connect with a Pauline Naise pass with the entire USIU-A defense and goalkeeper beaten.
The students killed the game in the 55th minute yet again from a short corner this time round Sandra Vodoti getting the back of the net after a failed counter attack attempt.
The bankers turned on the pressure but could not salvage the match from their two short corners in the last five minutes.
On Sunday, defending champions and leaders Orange Telkom stretched their lead on top of the League after an expected 6-0 win over JKUAT.
In the men’s Premier League, Butali Sugar Warriors maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-0 win over Park Road Badgers.
Premier League Women
Vikings 1-0 Multimedia University, Chase Amira 0-2 USIU-A, Mombasa Sports Club 0-3 Strathmore University, Telkom Orange 6-0 JKUAT, Kenyatta University 1-1 Sliders
Premier League Men
Nakuru 0-0 Sikh Union, Nairobi, Western Jaguars 1-1 Kenyatta University , Butali Warriors 3-0 Park Road Badgers, Green Sharks 2-1 USIU-A, Sikh Union, Nairobi 5-0 Parklands Sports Club, KCA University 2 - 3 Wazalendo
Chase Bank sponsored Amira are sweating over the availability of star forward Pauline Naise as they prepare for a crunch match against her former side USIU-A in the Ladies Hockey Premier League this Saturday(3rd June) at the City Park Stadium from 2pm.
Naise was taken ill in a training session on Sunday and has not trained with the team since then.
Third placed Chase Amira will be betting on Naise's availability to boost their chances of a win against the second placed USIU-A, a win that will see them leapfrog the students on the log.
Both teams were in fine shape not losing a match in the month of May but while the students won all their three matches, the bankers won two and settled for a draw in the third.
In another ladies match on Saturday, Fourth placed Strathmore have a chance to go second if they can beat MSC but this is on condition that the match between USIU-A and Chase Amira ends in a draw. MSC lost two and drew one of their three matches in May while Strathmore played two winning one and settling for a draw in the second.
On Sunday, leaders Orange Telkom coming fresh from a heavy 8-0 win against sliders will play 5th placed JKUAT. Orange Telkom will be at Full strength with the return from Injury of Midfield player Lilian Aura and forward Audrey Omaido. JKUAT, who are admittedly clear underdogs in this pair up, will hope to be at their best when they play a Jos Openda side whose target is to win the league without conceding a goal.
In the final ladies premier league match of the weekend, Sliders will seek to put behind their embarrassing 8-0 loss to Orange Telkom when they play students from Kenyatta University. Sliders Just like their Sunday opponents, KU, have not been on a particularly good run with both teams having lost all their three matches in May.
In the men’s Premier League, Green Sharks and Butali Sugar Warriors have the chance to cut down runaway leaders Kenya Police’s lead to single digits as the law enforcers will not be in action this weekend.
Green Sharks are placed second on 20 points, which is 10 less than Kenya Police. Butali Sugar are third on 19 points. Green Sharks, who finished fourth last season, will tackle United States International University-Africa.
Full Weekend Fixtures
Vikings v Multimedia University (12 p.m.), Chase Amira v USIU-A (2 p.m.), Mombasa Sports Club v Strathmore University (3 p.m, Mombasa) - Premier League, Women; Youngstars v University of Nairobi (3 p.m, Kisumu) - National League; Nakuru v Sikh Union, Nairobi (2.30 p.m, Nakuru), Western Jaguars v Kenyatta University (2.30 p.m, Kakamega), Butali Warriors v Park Road Badgers (4 p.m.), Green Sharks v USIU-A (4 p.m.) - Premier, League, Men.
Bay Club v UoN (9 a.m, Kisumu), Wazalendo Youth v Multimedia University (5 p.m.) – National League; Telkom Orange v Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (9 a.m.), Kenyatta University v Sliders (11 a.m.) - Premier League, Women; Sikh Union, Nairobi v Parklands Sports Club (1 p.m.), Kenya College of Accountancy-University v Wazalendo (3 p.m.).
Telkom Orange ladies Hockey team will resume their title defense this Wednesday(31 May) when they play an off form Sliders at the City Park Stadium in a Kenya Hockey Union Ladies Premier League match from 6pm.
This will be a task of herculean proportion for sliders who are coming off the back of two successive defeats; 2-1 against USIU-A and a similar score line against Strathmore University.
Telkom Orange on the other hand have won their last two matches 5-0 against MSC and 5-0 against Vikings.
Coach Jos Openda's obsession to win the league without conceding a goal means that sliders, like all other teams in the league, will play against a highly organised defensive side. Speaking earlier in the year about winning the league without conceding a goal, Coach Jos Openda told Kenyanstar;
"It’s something that we set way back and it’s quite unfortunate that my friend coach Meshack Senge (Strathmore) is the one who has messed it up most of the time. I remember last year, when we were on the verge of getting it, he pulled a two-all draw with us."
But if the defensive organization will be a worry for Sliders then the striking prowess of Telkom should be a nightmare to them[Sliders]. Of the league's top 5 goal scorers, three of them are Telkom players; Jackie Mwangi with 8 goals to her name while Maureen Okumu and Audrey Omaido both have scored 7 goals so far.
Telkom and Sliders last faced off in January at the African Club Championships, a match Telkom won 4-0.
Wazalendo coach Fidelis Kimanzi hailed his team’s ruthless intensity as they convincingly beat defending champions Strathmore University 5-2 in a Kenya Hockey men's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.
Elly Mwanzi orchestrated one of the upsets of the season with a brace against the students. However, it was the quick and aggressive attacking flair of Wazalendo that got Kimanzi in cloud nine.
“We were the better team today and deserved the win. Unlike in previous matches, we took our chances and remained hungry for once we scored. This enabled us to penetrate even further and cause them problems,” Kimanzi said.
Wazalendo made a statement of intent in the fifth minute when playmaker Stanley Chege was on hand to convert a penalty corner delivered by Job Omondi.
Kimanzi’s decision to give Chege a more offensive role paid off. The attacking midfielder was forced to play deep in their previous match against Parklands Sports Club which resulted in a lack of the creative spark he often offers.
Chege was giving goalkeeper Peter Okinda all sorts of problems, denying him twice in the first quarter.
The students were ploughed back into their own half in the second quarter and conceded in the 18th minute. Substitute Peter Mulati scored five minutes after coming off to finish off a well worked fluid move with a lovely shot from inside the circle.
Davies Mulongo was only on the field for three minutes when he rifled home their third goal in the 21st minute after being allowed time and space to shoot at the turn. Mwanzi added quick fire goals in the 29th and 32nd minute as they lead emphatically 5-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Strathmore University got two consolation goals in the final two minutes through Cornelius Mambili and Festus Onyango who notched his fourth goal of the season.
Coach Meshack Senge admitted that his team fell apart early on. “It was a bad performance by the team. Their attitude was not right and conceded way too easily. It was a bad day in the office for us and we would like to put this result behind and focus on the next match tomorrow,” Senge added.
The loss was their second in three matches and they drop to 11th from ninth on the 15 team log. Wazalendo remain fourth on 14 points.
In an earlier match, Park Road Badgers moved up four places? to sixth position after seeing off Technical University of Kenya 2-0. Andrew Kamau converted a 19th minute penalty corner before Ian Lang'at sealed the match with his 38th minute strike.
TUK have found life in the top flight tough and remain winless as the bottom based side in the league. They only have one draw in nine matches and a single point from their endeavours.
USIU-A 1 Parklands Sports Club 0, Technical University of Kenya 0 Park Road Badgers 2, Wazalendo 5 Strathmore University 2 (Premier League Men);
Mombasa Sports Club 1 Multimedia University 1 (Premier League Women);
Park Road Tigers 0 Mvita XI 0 (National League)
Source: Sportsnews Arena
Kenya Hockey Union is the latest sport to hit the news for all the wrong reasons after reports that some matches are played without medical readiness.The latest incidence took place over the weekend as panic rent the air after a player was hit on the forehead suffering a cut with lack of a proper emergency plan clearly showing.
Pauline Naise scored ['a much needed'] Chase Amira's second goal in a 2-0 win over Kenyatta University in Women's Hockey Premier League Match played at City Park on Sunday May 21.
Naise's goal came just a week after she was part of a horror show that saw her football team, Vihiga Leeds, suffer an 8-1 humiliating defeat to defending champions Vihiga Queens in the FKF Women's Zone B Premier League. This was Naise's first football match of the season having spend most of her time in Hockey with Amira.
Her goal on Sunday maintained her position as the Hockey Women's premier league top scorer with 9 goals to her name so far this season. Speaking to Kenyanstar shortly after the Hockey Match, Naise insisted she would continue playing in both sports and was looking forward to another football match to help turn the fortunes of Vihiga Leeds.
"I definitely needed this goal. The result last weekend when i played football for Vihiga leeds got to me a little bit so this goal will definitely up my spirits."
However while Pauline made headlines in Hockey over the Weekend, Her football team recorded their first victory of the season after three straight defeats[one being a walkover]. Vihiga Leeds won 6-2 against Bulemia on Sunday(21 May), a match Naise missed due to her Hockey duties for Amira.
Kenya Police on Sunday (21 May ) made it 9 wins out of 9 matches played with a 3-1 win over Sikh Union in a Men's Premier League match played at the City Park Stadium.
Shabaz Shah of Sikh Union scored the first goal of the Match in the fifth minute but that was all they would get. Police would equalize in the 19th minute through Samuel Oungo, a goal resulting from a short corner. Police got their second through Samuel Wokila in the 22nd minute and a the final one through Edmond Mabona in the 29th Minute.
Elsewhere, Butali sugar kept the chase alive with two more wins over the weekend also maintaining their 100% win record in the season so far. Butali on Friday (19 May) won 3-0 against USIU-A before winning again 7-0 against Kenyatta University on Saturday(20 May).
Full Weekend Results
Men's Premier League
Butali Sugar 3-0 USIU-A
Strathmore University 0-0 Chase Sailors
Butali Sugar 7-0 Kenyatta University
Kenya Police 3-1 Sikh Union, Nairobi
Green Sharks 2-1 Nakuru 1
Multimedia University 3-3 JKUAT
Youngstars 1-0 Kabarak University
Mvita XI 3-1 Gorilla ;
Bay Club 1-1 Kabarak University
Park Road Tigers 1-3 Impala
Premier League Women
Vikings 0-1 USIU-A
Chase Amira 2-0 Kenyatta University
USIU-A 2-1 Sliders
Pre-season Men's League favourites, Butali Sugar Warriors, will be seeking to cut the gap between them and leaders, Kenya Police, when they play two back to back matches this weekend at the City Park Stadium.
Butali's party begins on Friday 6pm when they play 12th placed USIU-A and will continue same time on Saturday when they play 6th placed Kenyatta University. Currently in 3rd place, Butali has so far won all their four league matches of the season and could leapfrog Green sharks to go second by Saturday evening should they collect maximum points from these two fixtures.
Butali goes to the weekend fixtures without two of their key players; Zack Aura, who will be away for three months due to work related issues and Emmanuel Simiyu who remains suspended by the Kenya Hockey Union on disciplinary grounds following a scuffle in a previous match when he was carded.
This could be a pinch of good news for their two opponents who have both struggled to find their footings. USIU-A are in 12th position having played four and won only one match so far this season. Kenyatta University on the other Hand are 5th on the table having played six matches and won just three so far this season.
In the meanwhile defending Champions and League leaders, Kenya Police, will seek to extend their 100% win record this season when they play Sikh Union on Sunday at the City Park Stadium. Police has played seven and won all of their league matches so far this season conceding only three goals along the way. 7th placed Sikh Union on the other side has played seven and won only two of their league matches.
In the women's league, 4th placed Chase Amira could go second on the league should they win on Sunday against 7th Placed Kenyatta University. Chase has played six league matches so far this season winning three of those and losing only one. 7th placed Kenyatta university on the other hand has played four, won only one and lost two league matches so far this season.
Premier League Men
Friday: USIU-A v Butali Sugar (6 p.m.)
Saturday: Strathmore University v Chase Sailors (4 p.m.), Butali Sugar v Kenyatta University (6 p.m.)
Sunday: Kenya Police v Sikh Union, Nairobi (1 p.m.), Green Sharks v Nakuru (3 p.m.)
Saturday: Multimedia University v Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (12 p.m.), Youngstars v Kabarak University (3 p.m., Kisumu), Mvita XI v Gorilla (4 p.m, Mombasa)
Sunday: Bay Club v Kabarak University (9 a.m., Kisumu), Park Road Tigers v Impala (11 a.m.)
Premier League Women
Saturday: Vikings v USIU-A (2 p.m.)
Sunday: Chase Amira v Kenyatta University (9 a.m.), USIU-A v Sliders (5 a.m.) -
Chase Amira white-washed UON 6-0 to move second in the log with 11 points though they are still miles away from the leaders Telkom Orange. Amira have also played a game more than third placed JKUAT and two more than Sliders and Strathmore at fourth and fifth respectively as the battle from second to fifth heats on. The defeat solidifies UON at the root of the table on goal difference of -24.
The Men Chase team however did not have as much luck as they lost ground on the top three with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Parkroad Badgers. Chase Sailors are now 5th with 8 points as Badgers move to 9th with 6 points.
The other Men Premier match between KCAU and Sikh Union ended in a barren draw. The draw means Sikh continues their unpredictable form with two wins, two draws and two losses that leaves them at 4th with 8 points. KCAU on the other hand are yet to record a win at 13th with 2 points.
The only other two teams yet to taste defeat in the Men Premier division apart from Kenya Prisons go head to head today afternoon in a bid for the title. Butali Warriors are not only unbeaten but have a 100 percent win record, however they have only played 2 games and the one coming up might prove to be the trickiest. They currently occupy the 7th spot and a win will see them move within a point of Wazalendo at 4th.
Wazalendo are also unbeaten but have been tested having one draw in the four matches played. They will however look for a win to keep up with the pace setter Kenya Police and Green Sharks who are just above them at second. The match between Butali and Wazalendo kick off at 3pm in City Park Stadium.
Before that however, university sides face off both in the Men and Ladies Premier division. Stragglers TUK play 6th place KU. TUK, who have been shipping goals, only have a draw in their 6 games and hence bottom. A win against the bottom team could see KU move to th right end of the table. The match kicks off at 1pm in City Park Stadium.
KU ladies team is also in action in the only Premier Ladies match of the day when the face Strathmore University. A win for KU would see them level on points with Strathmore even though Strathmore have played a game more. This will be the opening match at the hockey stadium in Parklands at 11am.
Pauline Naise affirms that she does not regret her decision to join Chase Amira amidst interests from hockey giants Telkom Orange.
This comes after comments from the Telkom head coach Jos Opande declaring the desire of signing the Amira forward, who played under him at the National team level.
Speaking to Kenyanstar Naise revealed prior interest from the Telkom coach after she had committed to Chase Amira.
“I had not told him I had signed (for Amira), as much as some of his players knew, I had not told him. So he asked me, he told me to think about it and get back to him. That is the part I did not do. So the next time we were meeting we were playing them and there was nothing to get back to,” said Naise.
The star forward expressed no regrets of shunning the champions when she said,
“There are no regrets, I’ve not lost a championship because the season is still young. Of course, getting into a new team after being out of hockey for two years has its ups and downs and many challenges but by the time it gets to mid-season that’s when I can be able to tell if it’s working or not, but I am not regretting.
The National 'B' League match between Kimathi and UoN was characterised by missed chances and players slipping down the wet turf at the City Park Stadium.
The match that was played at a sub standard level through out saw UoN players slip on three separate occassios in the first quarter. The turf was watered just before the game and the surface proved unbearable for the university teams. The quality of play however was not as interesting.
After a change of shoes and the coming out of the afternoon sun in the second quarter the match played without anymore funny incidents. Unfortunately there was really not much going on in the second and third quarter to stir up the crowd like the slideshow in the early stages.
The game came to life in the final quarter as each team tried to push for a goal. The game was end to end. UON scored a goal but it was after the referee's whistle and hence did not stand, moments later Kimathi did the same, their goal disallowed as well. Both teams went all out attack. UON wasted shorts corners but it is Kimathi that will knock themselves as two minutes before time they wasted two clear cut chances. The game ended 0-0 and it was the lack of finness that carried the day as the crowd booed.
The results leave UON third in the National 'B' League with 7 points while Kimathi are at sixth with 4 points.
Two valuable points were dropped by both JKUAT and Sliders, a missive hit in their endeavour to close the gap at the top.
The Ladies Premier match played at City Park Hockey Stadium started at a slow pace. The first quarter was cagey and both teams seemed to be focusing on defence. There was little action and the game was mostly played at the centre of the park.
The second quarter was no different. Both teams were tactical and the outcome was fatigue in both sets of players. In the third quarter however Sliders broke the deadlock from a short corner that was fumbled in goal, 1-0 to Sliders.
JKUAT came for the final quarter with more purpose. They pressed Sliders and finally got their reward. The match ended 1-1. A fair result that reflected their equal strengths.
A point didn't really do any team much good but it was JKUAT who were more pleased by it on the virtual that they cme from behind.
JKUAT remain second on nine points, that is two points more than Chase Amira and Sliders who have both played a game less.
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
Wazalendo and Strathmore will be playing away this weekend as the Kenya Hockey Union League continues this weekend. A total of nine games have been slated to be played this weekend.
Wazalendo will be away to Nakuru playing Nakuru Athletic while Strathmore will be in Kakamega hosted by Western Jaguars. Wazalendo have only 1 point from their match against Greensharks where they drew 2-2. They will be will be looking to get 3 points from Nakuru who have 3 points from 2 games played.
Butali Warriors, Kenya Police are the only team which have beaten Jaguars at home and Strathmore coach, Meshack Senge is fully aware of this. ” Playing Western Jaguars at home is hard because it is a different ground from what the boys are used to and Jaguars play a different playing format” Said the Tactician on Wednesday evening.
In the National men’s League, Mvita XI will play Impala and Thika Rovers on Saturday and Sunday respectively at City Park. Veteran side Parkroad Tigers will play Daystar University. Both teams lost their first matches and so will be looking to get points from this game.
Only Ladies Premier league matches will be played this weekend. Chase Amira will play Multimedia on Saturday and on Sunday USIU will play African Queens, Orange at 9 am at City Park.
SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017
CHASE AMIRA Vs MULTIMEDIA UNI – 12.00 pm (CITY PARK)
PARKROAD TIGERS Vs DAYSTAR UNI – 2 pm (CITY
IMPALA Vs MVITA XI – 4 pm (CITY PARK)
NAKURU ATHLETIC Vs WAZALENDO – 3 pm (NAKURU)
WESTERN JAGUARS Vs STRATHMORE UNI – 4 pm (KAKAMEGA)
PARKROAD Vs GREENSHARKS – 6 pm (CITY PARK)
SUNDAY 26TH MARCH 2017
THIKA ROVERS Vs MVITA XI – 9 am (CITY PARK)
USIU Vs TELKOM ORANGE – 1 pm (CITY PARK)
CHASE SAILORS Vs KENYA POLICE – 3 pm (CITY PARK)
Source -- Hockey Kenya
Strathmore University ladies team on Thursday evening beat Vikings 3-0 denying them 3 points in the only midweek fixture played at the City Park Stadium. This was the first game for the two teams in this year’s league.
Strathmore dominated the game with Vikings getting to the 25 yard line less than five times. 7 minutes into the game, Gilly Okumu of Strathmore made a solo move dribbling ball from 50 yard line past Vikings defense then passed to Judy Apondi who put tried to find the back of the net but instead the ball went to a Vikings defense player giving the university side their first Penalty Corner (PC) but failed to convert.
In the 12th minute, Ruth Odhiambo with an assist from Gilly, tapped in the ball past Vikings Goal Keeper, Esther Kariuki was was caught flat foot. Thirteen minutes later, Gilly got the ball in the net after dribbling past vikings defense. Despite dominating the 1st half, Strathmore failed to covert 4 PCs something that their Coach Meshack Senge said he could not understand but will address it when speaking to the girls.
The the 2nd half Strathmore seemed content with the score missing many open chances and failing to convert any PC they got against Vikings. In the 52nd minute, Winnie Ingati scored what would be consider the goal of the season as she chipped inside after seeing Esther Kariuki had left the goal. 5 min to stoppage time game became tense when sticks started flying in the air and at some point Strathmore player of the day, Gilly had to be taken out by medical team to be attended to after she was hit on the head.
Strathmore will play next Mombasa Sports Club Away on the 9th of April while Vikings will be Hosting Amira Sailors at City Park on the 19th of April.
The 2017 Hockey Season will Kick off this weekend at the City park Stadium. This follows an entertaining 2016 season, the African Cup Club Championships and the mini league held over the past weekend.
Coastal Kenya through the Coast Hockey Association has made a massive comeback in to the League with 4 teams from the region participating this season. Apart from Mvita XI who failed to make a comeback to the premier league after losing their slot to Western Jaguars and Mombasa Sports Club, the two new kids in the League Mombasa West and Gorillas hail from the coast.
In the top tier league, Western Jaguars retained their slot after beating Multi Media University and Mvita XI in the just concluded mini league after Wazalendo Youth turned down their promotion to the Premier League. They also welcome Technical University of Kenya.
The league which is set to start on Saturday 11th March, 2017 will see Gorillas play host to Daystar University from noon at the City Park Stadium.
All matches at City Park Stadium
Gorillas vs Daystar University 1200
Telkom vs Chase Amiras 1400
TUK vs Chase Sailors 1600
Green Sharks vs Wazalendo 1800
Wazalendo Youth vs UoN Men 0900
JKUAT Ladies vs MMU Ladies 1100
USIU vs Kenyatta University 1300
Kenya Police vs KCAU 1500
The 2017 season will be played in a home and away basis. It will also see the introduction of midweek matches on Wednesday evening.