Defending national rugby champions Maseno School started their quest to defend the title on an emphatic note winning all their group matches to qualify for the quarterfinals slated for Friday.
The hosts won their first match 19-7 against a determined St. Peter’s Mumias side. Warren Nyanjom scored two tries and a conversion while Edwin Osuma and Kabole Kelvin both added a try and a conversion respectively to give Maseno the win. They then blanked Mangu High 19-0 before crashing Allliance 35-0.
Maseno’s win booked them a date with Nairobi representatives Nairobi School who won 34-0 against Malindi, 17-7 against Meru before going down 12-7 to Nakuru.
Other quarterfinal matches will see St. Peter Mumias, who finished second to Maseno, lock horns with Nakuru while Upperhill will face a herculean task against Western giants Kakamega. The last of the four quarterfinal games will see two sides from Nyanza pitted against each other. Homabay who caused a major upset with their 19-17 win over Upperhill will be looking to upstage St. Mary’s Yala who finished second behind Kakamega in Pool D.
Meanwhile defending girls’ basketball champions Tigoi fell victim of the stiff competition when they were bundled out without winning a match. Having lost 22-102 against Shimba Hills and 60-63 against Barasani Secondary, the defending national and East Africa champions went down 42-49 against Kapkolei who advanced to the semis where they will face Pool B winners Buruburu Girls. The other semifinal encounter will see Shimba Hills from Coast square it off with 1984 champions Alliance Girls.
In the boys’ basketball competition, defending champions Laiser Hill continued their impressive form humiliating Shimba 92-22 to book their slot in the semis where they will meet Western’s Friends School Kamusinga. Maseno also booked a semifinal encounter with Nairobi’s Upperhill after beating Garissa 124-14 in their final match. Upperhill sent Alliance crashing out of the competition with a 72-51 win.
There was however no upset in the girls’ hockey with both defending national champions Kapkolei and East Africa champions Kerugoya girls advancing to the semis. Kerugoya will face Nyanza’s Sinyolo Girls while Kapkolei will also face another Nyanza representative in the shape of Asumbi Girls. St. Antony will square it off with Lenana Kamusinga with Shimo La Tewa in the boys’ semis with all the matches slated for Friday April 20.
The Brookside-sponsored games continue on Friday with swimming, hockey, decathlon, heptathlon, basketball, rugby and hockey lined up.
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