The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) commenced the Prep schools’ phase of its mini basketball with an introductory clinic at Hillel Prep School last Friday.Nearly 100 students from grades 4-6 participated in the clinic, which was conducted by INSPORTS’ Calvin Martin, who also heads the Southern Conference, and Alf Remekie, national coordinator of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA).”It was well received,” said Martin. “We had them in two groups, so it was easier to work with.”INSPORTS has committed almost $1.5m in support of the programme over the next eight months.Several coaches from its just-concluded Level One coaching certification course for new coaches also participated in the clinic, which forms part of their assessment exercise.Coaches from Hillel Prep were delighted with the event and expressed an interest in other such sessions to assist in growing the popularity of the game at the institution.”The coaches are interested in a programme,” Martin said, noting plans to return for other clinics.Mark Broomfield, president, JaBA, welcomed the initiative by INSPORTS and expressed satisfaction at the partnership with Government, stating that Mini Basketball is one of the cornerstones of his administration’s development plan.”I welcome the idea and the initiative. A clinic is good to introduce the sport,” said Broomfield. “My personal belief is that these agencies that have as their mandate to develop sports must look at grassroots programmes and support sustainable development programmes. So a clinic in a school is a good programme.”He added: “Outside of clinics, there must be competitions in which they can get a chance to practice … you must have a sustainable environment.”My understanding is that it is going to transition into competitions.”TWO-STAGEPROGRAMMEMartin confirmed this, saying INSPORTS will be implementing the Mini Basketball programme in two stages, at the community and school levels, with a prep and primary schools competition.”We started the competition last school term. It had been absent for three to four years,” he said of the competition among junior institutions.”In terms of numbers we’re looking to have 40 in Kingston, 15 in St Catherine and Portmore, and about 10-12 in Montego Bay, and we hope to expand it year by year. We’ve some St Thomas schools and some in Hanover who are also interested.”The school section will come after GSAT. The communities will have their first event sometime to the end of November to the beginning of December,” Martin continued.As organisers, he says they are trying their best to make the competitions cost-effective.”We’ll be providing bibs, so all the schools have to do is get to the venue. We’re trying to make it as low cost as possible so the schools won’t have to spend any money.”
The Green Commandos had a good start when Kevington Machika broke the deadlock heading home from inside the box, but they had to make with some nervous moments after Aaron Nyagaka equalized for the Homabay based side.Nonetheless, Kakamega managed to hold on to the draw to book a semis date with Nairobi’s Dagoretti High School who topped Pool A after playing to a 0-0 draw with Shimba Hills.Kakamega coach Brendan Mwinamo was pleased with the result despite having to work though it under tension with Ringa constantly attacking after going level.“It was a tough match because Ringa is also a very good team and they showed that today. We had some small mistakes and we also failed to take our chances. But the most important thing is that we are through and we will correct our mistakes against Dagoretti,” the tactician noted.St. Anthony finished top of Group B after beating Kathungi 2-0 and they will now meet Olbolosat in the semi-finals after the Central Region team hammered Tarbaj 5-1 to squeeze past Shimba on goal difference.St. Antony players celebrate Geoffrey Onyancha’s goal during the National Secondary School Games tie against Kathungi at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSt. Antony’s were a class above Kathungi and should have won the game by a bigger margin had they been more efficient with their chances.In the 16th minute, Titus Kapchanga had a chance to break the deadlock when he was picked out by a pass from Ian Simiyu but his effort was well saved by the Kathungi keeper for a corner.On the other end, Kathungi’s best chance of the half fell on Suleiman Gudo who went for the spectacular with a volley from distance which was turned behind for a corner by the keeper.At the stroke of half time, St. Antony broke the deadlock. Geoffrey Onyancha scored from the penalty spot after Anthony Karabu handled inside the box.Five minutes into the second half, St. Antony took the game to safe distance with Moses Mudavadi’s well struck freekick from range bouncing infront of the keeper and evading his grasp.Action between St. Antony’s and Kathungi during the National Secondary School Games at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe two goal lead added some shot of confidence into St. Antony’s and they went on attack after attack, keeper Julius Kyalo doing well to thwart. The shot stopper twice had to be at his best to save from James Kibande and Onyancha.Elsewhere, the girls’ tournament will have a new champion after holders Wiyeta were dumped out following a 0-0 draw with Arch Bishop Njenga. The latter went through as group winners having won the opening two games.Kwale Girls who yesterday beat Wiyeta 1-0 progressed after hammering Matuu Girls 10-0 to finish second in the group with six points.For Friday’s semi-finals, Arch Bishop Njenga will square out with Nginda Girls who finished second in the other group while surprise package Kwale will take on Nyanza’s Kobala.Semi final pairings:Boys: Kakamega High School v Dagoretti High School, St. Anthony’s Boys v OlbolosatGirls: Arch Bishop Njenga v Nginda Girls, Kwale Girls v Kobala0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Action between Kakamega High School and Ringa Boys during the National Secondary School Games at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluELDORET, Kenya, Jul 26- Multiple National Secondary School Games boys football champions Kakamega High School survived a scare from Ringa Boys to qualify for the semi-final of this year’s edition despite being held to a 1-1 draw by the Nyanza region representatives in Eldoret on Thursday afternoon.Heading into the last round of group matches at the Hill School, Kakamega needed just a point to progress to the semis while Ringa needed a win to progress to the last four.