Lenana School are the 2016 St. Mary’s Blackrock Champions. This is after the school went past Rift Valley Academy (RVA) 03-00 in a well contested final at the St. Mary’s School on the evening of Saturday 28 May to win the 33rd edition of the festival.
The two sides were locked 0-0 at the end of regular time. RVA put in some resolute defending denying Lenana School space to run the ball to force sudden death.
Arnold Mwita the MVP
Off a late scrummage, the ball was flung to Lenana School fly half Arnold Mwita who unmistakably drilled in a drop goal from close range to hand Lenana the Blackrock, their first since 2002.
At the close of the game the organizers picked Mwita as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
“It is simply awesome to win it considering how long it had been since we last won it. It is exciting and I thank my team mates for making it happen,” said an elated Mwita to Raga House after the game
Path to final
For a place in the final, the Mean Maroon showed little love to hosts St. Mary’s winning the semi final duel 14-0 with tries from Robert Mogesi and Aldrin Onditi.
RVA on their part beat a determined St. Aloysius 08-07 in the other semi final with points from Leighton Russel – a try and penalty from Alvin Taylor.
Interestingly both RVA and Lenana played just one game from their respective pools before booking a place in the quarterfinals.
Lenana beat Kiambu 07-00 as RVA beat Thika 14-00. In the quarters, Mean Maroon took down its rivals of yore Nairobi School 21-07 as RVA pinned Ofafa Jericho by a single penalty to win 03-00.
Defending Champions Maseno School’s reign ended at the quarter final stage after a narrow 03-00 loss to St. Mary’s. Strathmore missed on a place in the last four after a 07-00 fall to St. Aloysius.
Eutychus Academy won the Plate after seeing off Thika High School 14-07 in the final.
For a place in the final the champs beat Kiambu High 03-00 while Thika High stopped Makini 07-00.
Eutychus Academy fortuitously made the semis of the competition after winning a toss of the coin in the quarters following a barren stalemate with Upper Hill School.
Thika made the semis of the plate with a 21-0 win over Eutychus II. Makini and Kiambu made the last four after a 14-00 and 14-07 wins over Aquinas and RVA II, respectively.
Dagorreti High School went home with the Bowl after beating Strathmore II 14-07 in the final. The side had beaten Mutwini 21-00 in the semis as Strathmore II received a bye.
The tournament was attended by 17 schools.
Results - Saturday 28 May 2016
Semis; Dagoretti High 21 Mutwini 0, Strathmore II - bye
Final; Dagoretti High 14 Strathmore II 7
Quarters; Eutychus Academy 0 Upper Hill School 0 (Eutychus Academy wins by coin toss), Thika High 21 Eutychus II, Makini School 14 Aquinas 0, Kiambu High 14 RVA 7
Semis: Eutychus Academy 03 Kiambu High 0, Thika High 07 Makini School 0
Final: Eutychus Academy 14 Thika High 7
Quarters: Lenana School 21 Nairobi School 7, RVA 03 Ofafa Jericho 0, St. Mary's 03 Maseno School 0, St. Aloysius 07 Strathmore School 0
Semis; Lenana School 14 St. Mary's 0, RVA 08 St. Aloysius 07
Final: Lenana School 03 RVA 0 (drop goal in sudden death)
2016 MVP - Arnold Mwita (Lenana School)