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Dagoretti wins maiden BlackRock title
By Patrick Korir | Sat 18 May, 2019 18:00

Dagoretti High School aka Ditches beat Rift Valley Academy (RVA) 26-0 in the final at the St. Mary's school on Saturday 18 May 2019 to win their first ever BlackRock title.

To win the title, Dagoretti, coached by Victor Walgwe, outscored their opponents four tries to none, three of which were converted. 

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Speaking to RagaHouse after the final, Ditches skipper Samuel Kilonzo said; "It was our moment and we went all out for the title. We are more than excited that we won BlackRock for the first time ever. We worked for it and will go back and work on retaining it next year."

For a place in the final Dagoretti High dethroned last year's champions Ofafa Jericho 21-0 in the semis as RVA returned to yet another final - the fourth straight - with a 1-0 (pen) win over Muvuti Boys High. 

Though beaten in the final, RVA provided the Most Valuable Player in fly half Micah Smith - the 2018 Prescott Cup MVP - who is one of the survivors from last season's squad. He takes over from former team mate Janrich Volshenk who was named Blackrock's MVP as RVA lost their 2017 title in May last year to Ofafa Jericho.  

Dagoretti had earlier on beaten Upper Hill School 28-0 in the quarters as RVA stopped 2016 Champions Lenana School 1-0 at the same stage. In the other two last eight games, Ofafa Jericho returned to the semis with a 1-0 win over Nairobi School as Muvuti Boys needed a coin toss to sail past an unfortunate Alliance High School. 

In other games, Strathmore School eased past Aquinas 14-0 to settle for Plate. A 28-0 win over Ofafa Jericho II and 21-0 win for Aquinas over Nova, all in the semis, matched the two in the Plate final. 

Jamhuri High took down Mutuini 35-0 to return home with the Bowl. They saw off Thika High 28-1 to face off with their foes who made the final courtesy of a walkover. 

Selected Blackrock results - Saturday 18 May 2019

Blackrock Cup final: Dagoretti 26 RVA 0

Cup Semis: Dagoretti 21 Ofafa Jericho 0, RVA 1 (pen) Muvuti 0

Cup Quarters; Ofafa 1 Nairobi School 0, Dagoretti High28 Upper Hill 0, RVA 1 Lenana 0, Muvuti Boys - Alliance High - coin toss

Plate: Strathmore 14 Aquinas 0

Plate semis; Strathmore School 28 Ofafa Jericho II 0, Aquinas 21 Nova 0

Bowl: Jamhuri 35 Mutuini 0

Bowl semis: Mutuini w/o, Jamuhuri High 28 Thika  High 1

Patrick Korir
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