NAIROBI, July 2 – Twenty players have been named in the national women’s rugby team to prepare for the squad’s forthcoming assignments in South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Uganda.,
Kenya has been invited for the inaugural seven-a-side Africa Women’s Cup Sevens tournament to be played in East London, South Africa next month.
The final day will coincide with the national Women’s Day to be celebrated on August 9.
Mahlubi Puzi, manager for South Africa Women’s Rugby said the top eight countries from Africa have been invited. “This will be a high profile event in the sporting calendar and we see it as another opportunity for teams to prepare for the first women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai in March 2009,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rift Valley Academy and St. Mary’s School will meet in the final of Coca Cola Prescott Cup League at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground on Friday.
The Damu Pevu Shield will be between Upper Hill and Dagoretti High from 2 pm at the same venue.
David Ambunya single handedly defeated Alliance High 22-0 to steer St. Mary’s to the final against Rift Valley Academy. He missed a penalty in the fifth minute but crossed the line in the 16th minute for the opening try. His conversion was charged down.
Four Minutes later, Ambunya scored and converted a centre post try as the Saints marched on 12-0. He added a penalty in the second half and converted James Nyamweya’s try.
Alliance High was included in the semis after Mang’u failed to honour their match against St. Mary’s last Saturday. Both teams had 15 points and Mang’u had a better goal aggregate but were deducted two points for the walkover against St. Mary’s.
RVA overcame Strathmore School 15-5 in the other semis in Kijabe on Monday. Offringa Steve and Ekirapa Odeke scored a try each for RVA. John Kawira slotted one conversion and a penalty. Caleb Gitau scored the consolation try for Strathmore School.
In the Damu Pevu Shield, Upper Hill edged out Moi Forces Academy 11-10 while Dagoretti High saw off Strathmore School II 36-8.
Women squad: Angela Olum, Mary Otieno, Nereah Awino, Doreen Remour, Irene Awino, Celestine Masinde, Adelaide Nasambu, Millicent Opala, Stacy Awuor, Philadelphia Olando, Rubina Wambui, Janet Midecha, Anita Omondi, Judy Agengo, Aberdeen Shikoyi, Camilyn Awuor, Janet Awuor, Yvonne Makwali, Irene Namai, Rachael Adhiambo. Officials: Sammy Kemmey (coach), Gerald Omondi (physiotherapist), Mike Mwanja (team manager).