Walking strong in the 2016/17 season. Ngong RFC are chasing a place in the Championship next season when they face Menengai Oilers in the Nationwide semis on Sat 6 May, 2017 Credit - Ngong RFC
Ngong RFC are optimistic of scaling a rank higher from the Nationwide league to the second tier Championship when they come up against Menengai Oilers on Saturday 6 May at the Kibiko Secondary School in the Nationwide semi.
The upcoming duel will bring two regional champions head to head and it will pass as perhaps the biggest game yet for Ngong - the Nairobi champions, against the Rift Valley kings Menengai Oilers.
Started with a bang
The Oilers, winner of the 2016 Varsity floodies title at just their first time of asking, are unblemished all season. That however will not deter Ngong from giving it a go as the winner of the tie will book a place in the final - and a direct ticket to the Championship - the league that promotes to the Kenya Cup, next season.
As they plot for Oilers, Ngong skipper Endro Otieno revisits the bump and grind the team has come through thus far as they focus on more glory to crown the season.
"The season has been great so far. I must thank the boys for the hard work sacrifices they have made throughout the season which has been challenging in very many aspects but our solidarity has seen us through,"
"As we approach the semifinals we are proud of ourselves for gains we have achieved and challenges we have overcome. But our philosophy is we are as good as our last achievement, so we going into the semis focused and yearning for more." he said.
Enroute to being Nairobi champions, Ngong started it all by reducing Dagoretti Bulldogs to mere cats in a 12-try 78-3 blitz before taking down bigwigs Impala and Harlequins in successive weekends. The team lost just once - a 3-15 fall to Northern Suburbs in the regular season.
A 71-20 aggregate win over KCA in the quarters got them to the semis where they edged out a tough TUK 24-13 on aggregate after building on a 10-10 first leg stalemate in the reverse game. A 32-10 over MKU Nairobi handed them the regional title.
The winner of the upcoming semi will book a date with the winner from the other semi that pits MKU Nairobi and Egerton Wasps.
2016/2017 Nationwide League Performance
#Game 1 Ngong 78-3 Bulldogs
#Game 2 Ngong 27-3 Impala
#Game 3 Ngong 13-8 Harlequins
#Game 4 Ngong 86-0 Stormers
#Game 5 Ngong 27-18 Comras
#Game 6 Ngong 60-0 Machakos
#Game 7 Ngong 3-15 Suburbs
#Game 9 Ngong 24-0 Makueni (W/o)
Nairobi region Quarter finals
#Game 10 Ngong 20-5 KCA
#Game 11 Ngong 51-15 KCA
Nairobi Region Semifinals
#Game 12 Ngong 10-10 TUK
#Game 13 Ngong TUK 14-3
Nairobi Region finals
#Game 14 Ngong 32-10 MKU
Nationwide Quarter finals
#Game 15 Ngong 24-7 Embu
#Game 16 Vs Oilers (Sat 6th May, 2017)
Additional stats by Ngong RFC