Sports Updates - March 1, 2024

By Lynn Mwangi and John Sande

Masibo tournament and premier league awards
Over the weekend, the ladies’ hockey team embarked on a journey to Kitale for the Masibo Tournament. The competition unfolded with games starting on Saturday and concluding on Sunday. The team fielded two teams, but one unfortunately was disqualified before the semifinals. However, the other team persevered, securing a spot in the finals and ultimately emerging victorious.

Notably, Natasha Wambui from the team earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) title, while Jasmine Muthaka stood out as the top scorer. The team proudly brought home the winners' trophy, and each player received individual trophies in recognition of their outstanding performance.

In addition to the Kitale tournament, team’s achievements extended to the Premier League awards. The Spartans secured the 3rd position in Kenya, earning the 2nd runners-up trophy. Each player was honored with well-deserved medals for their contributions throughout the season.

This weekend showcased the team's resilience and skill, bringing home not only trophies but also a sense of pride and accomplishment.

The USIU-Africa hockey teams, team A and B, participated in the recent tournament held at St. Anthony Boy’s High School in Kitale. Both teams showcased remarkable performance throughout the tournament, displaying exceptional skills and teamwork. In the group stages, team A competed in Pool B, securing victories against formidable opponents. They defeated Kitale Day with a score of 2-1, triumphed over Blue Pirate with a narrow 1-0 win, and emerged victorious against Eldoret Polytechnic with a score of 2-1. Similarly, team B, competing in Pool A, demonstrated dominance by defeating Nandi Hawks 5-1, securing a resounding 7-0 win against St. Anthony, and clinching a 5-0 victory against Moi University.

In the quarter-finals, team A faced off against Bungoma Masters, resulting in a 1-1 draw in regular time. However, team A emerged triumphant with a 2-0 win in the shootouts. Meanwhile, team B delivered a dominant performance against Vandals, securing a convincing 4-0 win to progress to the next stage.

The semi-finals witnessed an intense clash between the two teams, with team B ultimately prevailing with a 2-0 victory over team A, showcasing their strength and determination. Team B continued their stellar performance in the finals, facing off against Eldoret Polytechnic. Team B emerged victorious with a 2-0 win, clinching the championship title. Danstone Wabwire was crowned Most Valuable Player, Judethedius Ongondo won Best Goalkeeper and the Top Scorer was Jamleck Macharia.

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