IN GULU, UGANDA
Kenya on Friday secured three titles on Day Seven of the Brookside East Africa Secondary School Games here in Gulu.
Early morning, Laiser Hill reclaimed the rugby 15s title after they whitewashed Uganda’s St Mary’s Kisubi 64-0 in their final match at the Comboni Vocational Institute.
Debutantes Muhuri Muchiri would later on down Uganda’s Jinja Secondary School 14-7 in the rugby sevens final at the same venue to clinch the title.
Kisumu Day completed a good day for Team Kenya after they beat Uganda’s Ntare School 1-0 to claim the boys’ hockey title at the St Joseph’s Layibi College.
On Thursday, Sinyolo Girls clinched Kenya’s first title in the Games after winning a record fifth successive hockey crown.
Laiser Hill bagged their second rugby 15s title to add to their 2015 triumph after an impressive all-round display.
Their huge win against the Ugandan opposition saw them top the table with 28 points after winning six out six matches in the competition played in a round-robin format.
Laiser Hill captain Christopher Asira was elated after the success, attributing their win to hardwork and strong conditioning.
“This is not just a win for us but gold for Kenya and we are glad we have achieved it. Our success is due to good preparations right from pre-season and the brilliance of our coach,” Asira said.
Samuel Were starred for Laiser with five tries and one conversion as Kisubi were put to the sword. Fly-half Johnstone Olindi also made two tires and kicked in one conversion. William Difu, Donald Wandago and Franklin Odongo also touched down a try each with Kevin Kerore kicking two conversions.
The game was done and dusted by halftime as Laiser led 52-0.
Kakamega, who relinquished their title, secured second spot despite a 13-7 win over Namliyango College as Upper Hill finished third to complete a clean sweep of podium places for Kenya.
The Barbarians of Kakamega finished on 21 points after five wins from six matches.
In rugby sevens, Muhuri Muchiri won the title on their bow at the regional games to complete a remarkable outing for the school which finished third at the nationals in Mombasa.
Menengai finished third in the competition after beating Kololo Secondary school 12-7.
Kevin Agwambo and Martin Mutiso scored a try each for Muhuri Muchiri with Harmony Wamalwa kicking twice to hand their side the gong.
Muhuri Muchiri had beaten Kololo 15-12 in the cup semis as Jinja saw off national champions Menengai Mixed Day Secondary School 12-7.
“This team has gotten better with every competition and this win is the culmination of years of hardwork,” Muhuri Muchiri coach Kikechi Kombo said.
In boys’ hockey, Kisumu Day savoured their maiden title as Uganda’s St Charles Lwanga, Kasasa claimed silver and St Anthony’s Boys Kitale won bronze.
Wiyeta finished third in last year’s edition held in Eldoret.