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Lioness fail to secure core status, set for Bowl


Janet Okello hold on a China player in their opener on August 22 during the World Series qualifiers in Dublin, Ireland.

NAIROBI, August 22 – Kenya hopes of earning core status in the prestigious World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series hit a snag after they were relegated to the Bowl in the 2015-16 qualifiers in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday.

The Lioness fell 29-7 to China in their opener then went down 22-7 to Netherlands before wrapping their preliminary match with a 12-7 win over 2016 Olympics bound Colombia to finish third and set up a Bowl semi-final clash against Mexico on Sunday.

Against China who are seeking to maintain their core status, Kenya were on the receiving end with Yuanyuan Lu and Shichao Sun both scoring two tries for the Chinese side.

Kenya then failed to prevail against the Netherlands who had too much pace and power with Johanne Marije van Rossum grounding a hat-trick of tries over Mike Shamiah charges who showed improvement from their first match and scored a great breakaway converted try through Janet Okello.

To the delight of the Kenyan fans who reside in Ireland, their side picked up a first victory in their final match of the day against Colombia with winger Okello again scoring a long-range breakaway try that was converted by Doreen Remour.

KCB RFC center, Philadelphia Olando extended the lead on the restart with a solo effort try after sprinting from the outer left flank.

Although they ended the day without a win, Colombia did cross the line for the first time, through Isabel Romero.

The expected pool decider saw the Netherlands run out 22-10 winners over China, tries from Elke van Meer, Pleuni Kievit and Joyce van Altena again the side coached by former England Sevens legend Ben Gollings.

Group winners Netherlands take on hosts Ireland in the Main Cup quarters while second finishers China square it out with Olympics hosts Brazil.

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The two finalists will join New Zealand, Canada, Australia, England, USA, France, Russia, Fiji and Spain as core teams on the 2015-16 Series.

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  1. Gathii

    August 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Now that is mature leadership and a break from the tribal politics other so called national leaders and reformers pursue..

    • Boiyot

      August 7, 2012 at 2:21 am

      Hopefully we don’t suddenly get all the usual suspicious characters trooping to church and mosques!

  2. Kwessi Pratt

    August 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Brother Hon. Mudavadi has so far proved that he is armed with alot of nothing indeed. His pronouncements are carbon copy of merchants of deceit. He has totally failed to inspire. All he has had to say is that we should come together to win the presidency in the first round. That Kikuyus are only good at voting for their very own, as if thats a crime! Beyond these known Odm lines, the guy is totally clueless.

    To be a compromise candidate in a field of several candidates, you need to be exceptionally good. The Mudavadi is far from coming anywhere even near fair. Initial media attention on him are barely there. The press must be pretty bored with this spinless guy. Kenyans need someone who is going to bring food on the table for all. They dont need a pacifist with nothing to pacify. They need to be led by a person laden with inspirational practical ideas. Mudavai is none of that. Infact, I suspect those who were trying to front him are dangerously disappointed, if not awfully shocked!

    Brother Mudavadi’s credentials are also piteous. They cant stand any shred of scrutiny. His taste for corruption too stinks. There is nothing dramatic that can truly be associated with him. Needless to say, at this late hour, he still sees things on Odm’s mirror. Forgetting that he was supposed to shake the earth under feet of every possible candidate. He has already shown that he is as hapless as a domestic cockroach. In a situation like that, he becomes a very easy candidate to defeat. In politics such a candidate is totally dangerous and unworthy of placing your bet on. Either the guy displays more better fire, or simply aborts his doomed adventure.

    • ObieK

      August 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      How about your “village boy” you keep bragging about? Where is his curriculum vitae? We hope this time around the election board will actually have knowledge as to who the actual presidential winner will be, as opposed to that of Kivuitu who it appears must have been “bullied” to not let the voters who had exercised their civil right know the outcome. I do not think Kivuitu is that damn and did not care about the future of the country. We pray and hope that this time around our beloved Nation of Kenya will steer democratically in the right direction.

      • Kwessi Pratt

        August 15, 2012 at 6:40 am

        @Obiek: I have no qualms about my “village boy” pal. Am not arrested by tribalism like some of us. Infact, you need to read what I had posted else where on “Uhuru bags Tuju, Wamalwa and Kalonzo” just two days ago. We give credit where its due but not anything else. I certainly wont die for my tribal king!

        Mzee Hon. Kivuitu was never ever bullied by anyone. And if he was, he can still say his bit. Of course, merchants of deceit, in their desperation to take over the country, tried to put words in his mouth. That was to make excuses in order to wallow neck-deep in the blood of innocent Kenyans. Kivuiti had only said that he couldnt be certain that Kibaki won fairly. Adding quickly that he wasnt on the ground to know first hand how things went. From that statement, drunken lords of deceit quickly claimed that “even electoral commission chairman didnt know who won!” The “fairness” aspect which had prompted the statement, was conveniently left out. We have seen that too many times and it wont happen again! Pretentious fellows simply claim Kenyans have said this or that, when they are only expressing their own senseless opinion. Their kinsmen in the media then quickly take cue. Within no time, we are told “most Kenyans prefer this or that!” Thats increasingly becoming thing of the past pal, mark my words.

        • ObieK

          August 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

          You remember him? This has nothing to do with your concocted “merchants of deceit”. The man was held captive/hostage, and to spare his life the only option was to comply! Please forward me his speech as to who was the rightfull winner in 2007. There must be a speech somewhere in the archives.

          Enemy of the people
          The disgraced ECK Boss, Samwel Kivuitu carries the blood of innocent Kenyans everywhere on his cynical face. He is the coward-of-the-nation. He does not know who won the election, yet he handed over a certificate to Emilio.

          • Kwessi Pratt

            August 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

            Awfully sorry had not seen your stuff all this time. However, were you there when events were taking place or simply spewing the lies fed on you? I know you will cry forever trying to fake victory which was never there. Blaming people like Mzee Kivuitu only shows the depth you have fallen in to. You obviously expected him to honor your lies? But once he went by the true record, you all went wild and engaged in murderous mass action. To this day, your bitterness remains wickedly crippling. No apologies for killing innocent people, but merely pointing fingers to the wrong people. And even have the vile audacity to accuse others of your very own crimes! I have always felt sick that the commander in chief of Odm forces was never asked to account for his unforgivable wicked sins! But at some point, he will, make no mistake about it pal!

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