The first leg of the Kenya Hockey Premier League culminates this coming weekend and, if nothing else, it has been vastly entertaining. Current standings on the Men’s Premier table show a fledgling Chase Sailors and more conspicuously, Strathmore Gladiators. Either of these teams making it to the top three even at the end of the second leg would be nothing short of a miracle, and those are hard to come by.
In similar lines- hell froze over this past weekend when, in a dramatic event, Butali Warriors were held to a 1-1 draw by underdogs Parklands Sports Club, essentially killing the opportunity for the former to catch up with the Kenya Police. An early hard shot from Parklands’ Kidwaro and a slight touch by forward Odongo gave the team a lead over the mighty warriors, momentarily disrupting what can only be described as the balance of nature. Nobody could have predicted the sensation that this game turned out to be, with the crowds thoroughly entertained by the antics of Parklands’ defender, Oscar. Despite Butali’s recovery score by Max Fuchaka, this was without doubt a victory for the boys in yellow.
Away from the city, Sikh Union brought back a single point from their match against the Western Jaguars. Kenyatta University was unable to match the boys from Nakuru, losing 2-0 to slip nearly to the bottom of the table. In the women’s premier, Chase Amiras finished their first leg campaign on a high note with a 3-1 victory over Sliders, while Telkom hammered Kenyatta University titans 9-0.
USIU-A encounters Chase Sailors on Wednesday night. Saturday may be a day worth making a date for, as Butali faces KCA-U, and the Police play the Badgers. The stakes are not as high as you may desire for a closing weekend, but they are high enough to warrant at least one epic battle. So be there, and take a friend, is seems Winter is here-already.