The Sinyolo Girls are the Butere 2022 Open Hockey Champions.
The former East African hockey champions won the hockey title after taking on hosts Butere Girls, Musali Mixed Secondary and Eshitari Secondary School in the round-robin matches.
Kisumu County Hockey Giants kicked off the game with a 5-0 win over Kakamega’s Eshitari before humiliating hosts Butere Girls 4-0 in their backyard
The multiple national hockey champions sealed their championship with a narrow 2-0 victory over Musali to come out on top.
Sinyolo hockey head coach Peter Wangla said she was impressed with the results but needed to practice more to reach her past best.
Speaking to Standard Sports on Monday, Wangla said the girls were green with the majority of players playing for the first time in a competitive break after a two-year obscurity that saw two classes disappear with the covid-19 disruptions.
“We weren’t very good, but we’re happy to have had the opportunity to train and identify mistakes that we can rectify. The long break has really interfered with school games, but I’m happy that we have interscholastic competitions now exposing our players even as we wait for the first quarter game circular,” said Wangla who replaced former coach Aloice Owino.
In girls’ basketball, hosts Butere Girls became champions after beating Tigoi Girls in the final as St. Peter’s Mumias edged out Butala Boys to win the men’s category.
Butere Girls basketball coach Chirs Odeke was pleased with his team’s performance, saying they will continue to train hard.
“It’s a surprise performance for the girls who haven’t played for a long time. I’m happy with the way we played and all we can do now is keep working hard,” said Odeke.
Butere Girls also came top in Women’s Volleyball after beating Nyakongo Girls and Mwira Mixed Secondary while Bukolwe Mixed won the men’s tournament.
Bushiangala TTI won the women’s netball ahead of Barchando Girls and St. Cecilia Misikhu while Moi Girls Sindo beat Eshinamwenyuli Secondary, Bishop Sulumeti and Rangala Girls for the women’s handball title.
Butere won her third title in the tournament after beating Wiyeta Girls to win the football.
Tournament director Chite Ndugu said they organized the tournament with the aim of awakening the talents of students who have not had competitive sports games since Covid-19 hit in 2020.
“Due to the collapse of the games due to Covid-19, we decided to offer this tournament in order to nurture talent,” Ndugu said.
“The turnout was good as most schools and clubs confirmed their participation. We will organize this tournament every year and we hope that next year many sponsors and teams will show up.
Butere Open 2022 Tournament Results
Girls Handball-Moi Girls Sindo
Legends Handball Boys-Butere
Volleyball Girls-Butere girls
Volleyball Boys-Bukolwe Mixed
Girls Hockey-Sinyolo Girls
Girls Basketball-Butere Girls
Basketball Boys-St. Peter’s Mumias
Girls Football- Butere Girls