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.
Kenya Hockey Union men’s premier league defending champions Butali Sugar Warriors will open their title defence with a tie against Kenyatta University’s Vultures on Saturday as the 2016 season serves off this weekend.
Kenya Police moved eight point clear at the top of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s Premier League table after matches played at the weekend. The 2013 champions had a successful weekend after collecting maximum points from their two matches. The law enforcers followed up their 2-0 win over United States International University of Africa (USIU) on Saturday with a 5-0 thrashing of Kenyatta University’s Vultures on Sunday.
Butali Sugar Warriors posted an identical 5-0 win over Park Road and Sikh Union, Nairobi on Saturday and Sunday to maintain their lead at the top of the Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier eagle table. Their challengers Kenya Police had mixed results. They beat Mvita 2-1 but were held 1-1 by Mombasa Sports Club on Sunday.
Strathmore University's Scorpions on Saturday thrashed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 6-0 in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s National League match at City Park Stadium, Nairobi. Two goals each from skipper Carol Njoki and Angela Mayaka set the university side on their way before further strikes from Ruth Adhiambo and Mitchell Achieng gave Scorpions the bragging rights in the derby.
Strathmore University Scorpions on Sunday began the second leg of the Kenya Hockey Union women’s National League with a 2-0 over Vikings at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi. Two first half goals by Kenya International Gilly Okumu gave the varsity side the win. It was sweet revenge for Scorpions who lost the reverse fixture 1-0. Scorpions coach Meshack Senge praised his charges for the victory, urging them to maintain consistency during the second half of the season.
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By Sammy Lutta
Kamusinga has eliminated reigning East and Central Africa hockey champions to be crowned the inaugural Term 2A Nzoia region hockey champion at St. Anthony Kitale. Kamusinga goal keeper Isaac Oketch comfortably handled a Joab Malanda’s penalty to seal the national slot with a 4-3 victory over the host. This is after both side managed a 1-1 draw during the normal time of play.