Week 7 Preview: Jaguars, Wolverines on the Hunt for a Maiden Win

Week seven of the 2018 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) season goes down this weekend, with a total of sixteen matches across the five different leagues programmed for Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 2018 in different parts of the country.

Wolverines keen on first win, Lakers eye fruitful trip

It will be a battle of the newbies this Saturday as Wolverines welcome Lakers at the City Park Stadium, with both sides having started the season on a fairly good note. Wolverines are however keen on a win that will be their first following two sequential barren draws against Kenyatta University (KU) and University of Nairobi (UoN). In both matches, Wolverines were the dominant side but lack of efficiency upfront has denied them goals that would have otherwise changed the results. The team is currently fifth on the Women’s Super League table with two points and a victory might see them move to second place.

Lakers on the other hand have only played one game, edging fellow newcomers Nakuru 1-0 to bag all three points that have placed them third overall. The Kisumu- based side has the chance to shoot to the summit of the standings should they record victories in their two games this weekend. Their tie against Wolverines will be played at 18:00 after which they will wind up their tour to Nairobi with a game against UoN on Sunday morning at the same venue.

Jaguars at home

In the men’s elite league, Western Jaguars are still on the hunt for their first win this season and will bank on home advantage to emerge victorious in their two fixtures this weekend.

They host Strathmore University on Saturday at 15:00 in Kakamega before locking horns with United States International University- Africa (USIU) on Sunday morning. The two games pose a tricky threat to the Western-based side, given that both opponents suffered defeats in their last games. Strathmore went down 4-2 to defending Champions Kenya Police while USIU were 3-0 losers to Butali Warriors.

USIU in particular will be pursuing a different approach to the game after early mistakes cost them three goals against Butali in the first twelve minutes. “I don’t like blaming my boys but they did not play the way they are supposed to. We had not settled for the first twelve minutes and conceded three goals…and an early goal is always a setback,’’ noted USIU coach Tom Olal after the loss.

“We later on wanted to do so many things and therefore did not play as a team…so much individual play cost us because when I’m making a run and you hold the ball a second longer, I run out of position and will have to go back and defend. But we have learnt something in this loss and I’m hoping we will have recovered in good time because this is a young team,’’ he added.

Sharks’ chance to regain top spot

Greensharks have the chance to topple Kenya Police off the pole position in the table standings when they face Nakuru on Sunday at noon. Sharks are two points adrift the leaders and face a Nakuru side that is currently struggling with one draw and two losses so far.

Butali up against Parklands

Butali Warriors will also be seeking to exact pressure at the top of the table with a win over Parklands Sports Club, whom they clash with on Sunday evening at the City Park. The sugar millers are currently third on the log with 12 points, having played fewer games than their two forerunners. They are however the only side with a 100% win record in the Men’s Premier League. Parklands on their part have had a slow start with four defeats and only one win to show.

Men’s Super League

The Men’s Super League will see five matches played over the two days, with Technical University of Kenya (TUK) already in Mombasa for two fixtures. TUK, who currently sit fifth after recording a win, a draw and a loss, will visit winless Mombasa Sports Club on Saturday before wrapping up their Coastal tour against Mvita on Sunday at 09:00.

After hammering Impala 4-1 last weekend in their first game, Kimathi University come up against Kisumu Youngstars on Saturday at the City Park Stadium and will be hoping to extend their positive results.

Youngstars will then play against Wazalendo Masters on Sunday at the same venue while Parkroad Tigers entertain Karate Axiom.


Saturday May 19

Premier League Men

Jaguars 15:00 Strathmore (Kakamega)

Super League men

Kimathi 14:00 Youngstars (City Park)

MSC 15:00 TUK (Mombasa)

National League Men

Rovers 12:00 Daystar (City Park)

UoE 14:00 Bungoma (Eldoret)

Bay Club 15:00 UoN (Kisumu)

Premier League Women

Strathmore 16:00 Sliders (City Park)

Super League Women

Wolverines 18:00 Lakers (City Park

Sunday May 20

Premier League Men

Jaguars 10:00 USIU (Kakamega)

Sharks 13:00 Nakuru (City Park)

Parklands 17:00 Butali (City Park)

Super League Men

Mvita 09:00 TUK (Mombasa)

Masters 11:00 Youngstars (City Park)

Tigers 15:00 Karate (City Park)

National League Men

Daystar 07:00 JKUAT (City Park)

Super League Women

UoN 09:00 Lakers (City Park)


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