Kitale’s St Joseph’s Girls, St Anthony’s Boys retain Rift Valley region hockey titles

St Joseph's Girls Kitale hockey team and their Chief Principal Rosebella Orwaro (left) receive the trophy.

The champions of high schools hockey in the Rift Valley region, St Anthony’s Boys Kitale retained their title by defeating St Patrick’s Iten 2-0 in a fierce final played at Kapsabet Boys Nandi grounds.

Under the guidance of coach Kevin Lugalia Keegan, the boys utilised their extensive experience to overcome their opponents and retain the title they have held for some time.

The winning goals were scored by Kelvin Onyango and Nayombe Nicton.

St Anthony reached the final by defeating Ndururumo 5-0, while St Patrick’s Iten defeated Tengecha 2-0 in the second semi-final at the Kapsabet Boys Nandi grounds.

St Anthony’s Boys hockey team with school Principal Simon Masibo at Kapsabet Boys High School Nandi.

In the girls’ category, the reigning champions St Joseph’s Girls Kitale retained their title by defeating St Mary’s Tachasis 1-0 in a tough match at the Kapsabet Boys grounds.

Coach John Lusaka’s team won through a penalty scored in the final minutes by Gedrud Wabwile, with Tracy Korir of St Joseph’s Girls awarded the best player prize in the Rift Valley High School championships.

Chief Principal Rosebella Orwaro of St Joseph’s Girls expressed unparalleled joy, thanking God for the victory and describing the final as tough and intense.

St Joseph’s Girls advanced to the final by defeating Propoi West Pokot 5-0 in the semis, while St Mary’s Tachasis won against Hill School UG 4-0 in the second semi-final.

St Joseph’s Girls continue to dominate after dethroning the former champions, Trans-Nzoia Mixed, in the county final.

By Osborne Benn

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