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VARSITY LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL TO HEADLINE AS ONE OF THE SPORTS EVENTS THIS MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”VARSITY LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL TO HEADLINE AS ONE OF THE SPORTS EVENTS THIS MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATIONS”][vc_single_image image=”3756″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes”][vc_column_text]Njoro Town, Nakuru will experience a great sporting event this Mashujaa Day as the Varsity League travels to the rift valley region for the semi final clashes. University of Nairobi Mean Machine will face home side Egerton Wasps while Kenyatta University BlakBlad will go head to head with Catholic University of Eastern Africa Monks.

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY v. CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA

The Thika Road boys travel to Njoro Town, Nakuru with hopes of dominating the CUEA Monks mercilessly after their excellent form against the Egerton Wasps. Kenyatta University BlakBlad finished Pool A at first position with a 3-0 ratio winning all its games in the Pool. Kenyatta University has scored 10 Tries, 4 Conversions, 6 penalty goals, and 1 drop goal. They sit second in the Varsity League point’s tracker table with 79 points after UON Mean Machine. KU will face CUEA Monks who have scored 12 tries, 4 conversions, 3 penalty goals and have a total of 77 points.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3757″ img_size=”full”][vc_single_image image=”3766″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]UON MEAN MACHINE v. EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS

The Machines looked a watered-down team on paper without some of their stars who were playing Strathmore University at the Impala Floodlit Varsity division championship but showed real classy rugby against the Monks.

The Machines finished top seed in Pool B with 11 tries, 7 conversions, and 5 penalty goals totaling 84 points. The play the hosts who finished Pool A second with only 3 tries, 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals, and 1 drop goal totaling 26 points.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3763″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”3764″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

VARSITY LEAGUE SPECTATORSHIP HIGHEST AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”VARSITY LEAGUE SPECTATORSHIP HIGHEST AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY”][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]Week Three of the Varsity League were held at the Kenyatta University Rugby grounds popular known as the Bladbin. Located along Thika Road superhighway, Kenyatta University Blakblad hosted week three of the Varsity League and played the final 4.00pm game against Egerton University Wasps.

Varsity League week three saw all teams play their final Pool games as the league goes into its playoff season in the next two weeks. Varsity League seeks to expand the knowledge of sports to the next future generation coming into the Kenyan market. Universities offer a population of 4,000 plus people and the league seeks to tap into this population offering a great reach to students not only for sports and entertainment but also offer great business and job opportunities for students in the future.  Kenyatta University showed a great feel of what the Varsity League organized by Sports Option has in future. Varsity League will not only look to grow sports only but also create an enabler for businesses, entertainment and sports experience.

Spectators at Kenyatta University showed up in large numbers to follow week three of the league but eagerly waited for the home team Blad army to get on pitch at 4.00pm against Egerton Wasps. The spectators managed to create a huge wall along the pitch with many looking for visible areas to watch the game and experience the inaugural Varsity League.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The demand for a unique sports experience in the country is high and Varsity League offers a great experience like no other. The Varsity League game at Kenyatta University opened the debate for the need of building sports complexes inside Universities across Kenya. A well developed stadium at Kenyatta University on Saturday would have attracted more students than the actual number that was present and brought more interest for the rugby game in Kenya.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]University stadium also offers great ease for spectator data in form of actual numbers, demand and also offer brands and corporate entities a platform through which sponsorship activations, business angling and product/services can reach to population can be done.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Varsity League moves to Egerton University in Njoro, Nakuru next weekend for the semi finals. The experience the Varsity League will offer will help showcase varsity sports   should use this platform to help grow sports in their Varsities. The Varsity League will continue growing and will become one of the most watched, followed sports in Kenya with the most passionate fans.

The semi final pairings are as follows:

UON Mean Machines v. Egerton Wasps

KU Blakblad v. CUEA Monks[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Egerton Wasps, UON Mean Machine, CUEA Monks and KU BlakBlad secure slots for semifinals.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Egerton Wasps, UON Mean Machine, CUEA Monks and KU BlakBlad secure slots for semifinals.”][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Varsity League moved into week three over the weekend and was held at the Kenyatta University rugby grounds. The last Pool matches were slated for the day and stakes were high for all eight teams. The bottom half of the Pool was playing for position 3 and 4, while the top half of the Pools were playing to determine who will finish off position 1 and 2.

“The Varsity League moving into the future will feature a relegation and promotion system that helps increase competition inside the league but also continue to improve the skill level of the players.” As stated by Sports Options M.D Mr. Aggrey Chabeda. He continues to encourage many Kenyans to come out and support University sports especially students of the participating institutions.

UOE TROJANS v. TUK MUSTANGS [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]A morning game between UOE and TUK saw both sides go on the pitch to fight for position 3 & 4 of Pool B. Both sides had two losses after week two games held at CUEA Sports Complex, but were separated by point’s difference with the UOE Trojans having -26 points while the Mustangs had -61points point difference. The two sides met in an early morning encounter opening week three.

Sirnel Luvutse slotted a penalty to take the Trojans ahead with a nicely calculated kick in the 5th minute. A few minutes later, the Trojans continued their dominance on the game with tries from Barasa Simiyu, Edwin Yatich, Mwange Alex and Clever Mulunda to finish off the game 23-0. Yatich Edwins’ kicking boot was left in Eldoret as he had a 0% success rate in kicking the extras.

JKUAT COUGARS v. TUM MARINES [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Thika Road side came composed for their game against the travelling Mombasa side Marines. In one of the tightly contested matches of the league, breakout star Elvis Namusasi sent the Marines 3-0 with a penalty after an infringement by the Cougars in the second minute. The Cougars responded 8 minutes later with a try by Elijah Muthama with Emmanuel Abuyo answering the try with a conversion. Elvis Namusasi cut through the Cougars line with a perfect run to ground a try and add a conversion later to send the score to 10-7. Just before the break, the Marines were awarded a penalty which Elvis didn’t miss to end the game at 13-7 at Half Time.

Second half was fun filled Bramwel Kilwoke didn’t waste time in second half as he looked to add points for JKUAT with a try but Emmanuel could not add the conversion (13-12).  Obadia Kibet of TUM replied with a hard running try in the 55th minute to send the Marines in front (18-12). Elvis Namusasi failed to add the extra 2 points. The JKUAT eight Bramwel again found the chalk to help his team win a tightly fought match sending the score to 17 and Eugene Asava with no mistake added the extras to end the game 19-18. JKUAT Cougars secured a third place finish third in Pool A with 5 1win-2losses-one draw (5points)

UON MEAN MACHINE v. CUEA CATHOLIC MONKS[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The fight for top seed between both these teams was at display during the game at the Kenyatta University Rugby grounds. The Machines play was characterized by hard runs and impactful play went up by three points after a penalty by their high flying Trevor Asina. Minutes later, the Catholic Monks were caught off guard and Trevor Asina continued to show his kicking prowess adding an extra 3 points to the board. The Catholic Monks later got a share of kicking advantage to get extra points and Samuel Otieno did not miss this opportunity making the score 6-3. Trevor Asina came back to haunt the Monks with another 3 for the Machines to send the core to 9-3. Minutes later, Samuel Messa crossed the chalk to add 5 points for the Machines and Trevor Asina continuing his 100% kicking record adding the 2 extra points. At Half Time, score at 16-3. Three minutes into second half, Maxwell Omondi powerfully ran into the try area to gift Catholic Monks a try and Geoffrey Okwach added the extras to send the score to 16-10. A kicking range penalty awarded to Mean Machines gave Trevor to add extra points to (19-10). The University of Nairobi team with their power play added points through an Edward Waithaka try and Trevor Asina adding the extra points. University of Nairobi finished top seeded Pool B with 13 points.

KU BLAKBLAD v. EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]In the last game of the day, Kenyatta University ran to the pitch to play Egerton Wasps from Njoro, Nakuru. Being at home, the Blad attracted a mammoth of a crowd ranking K.U as the highly attended Varsity League game day with the crowd reaching up to 300+ people.

The Wasps started the game with a Drop Goal in the first minutes through a Brian Ndege boot to put Wasps ahead by 3-0. BlakBlad didn’t waste any time opening up for the speed merchant at the wing Archaelius to the try area sending the home crowd into frenzy, but Lionel Ajelity could not add the extras. Lionel Ajelity found a penalty within his range and he carefully sent it in to extend the lead (8-3). Egerton University Wasps were added a penalty and Brian Ndege sent it in to put the scores 8-6. Just before the break, the Wasps defense slacked giving Lionel Ajelity a good distance and pressure-less space where he could easily drop a goal to send the score 11-6 at Half Time.

Lionel Ajelity came back in the second half and continued punishing the Wasps with two penalties in a time range of 3 minutes adding 6 extra points for the home side (17-6). The home side added ten extra points through tries from Stormy Odhiambo and substitute Brian Kadege to finish off the match 27-6.

VARSITY LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL PAIRING

The Varsity League semis set for 20th October will be played in Njoro, Nakuru at Egerton University Wasps home ground.

Kenyatta University BlakBlad v. CUEA Catholic Monks

University of Nairobi Mean Machine v. Egerton University Wasps[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sports Options Limited unveils Samurai Sportswear

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Sports Options Limited unveils Samurai Sportswear as the official kit supplier for the inaugural Varsity League Kenya.” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]Samurai Sportswear company continues its grip into East African rugby adding the Kenyan Varsity League into their books by supplying the kits to be used for the league. Samurai Sportswear dominance in East African rugby is visibly seen when the top tier teams in East Africa step on the pitch donning their prestigious playing jerseys as they play in different leagues.

Samurai Sportswear headquartered in Long Stratton, United Kingdom supplies kits for the top rugby clubs in East Africa such as the following

  1. Stanbic Mwamba (Kenya)
  2. Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC (Kenya)
  3. Top Fry Nakuru RFC (Kenya)
  4. Kenya Rugby Union (15s, 7s, U-20, Ladies side)
  5. Betway Kobs (Uganda)
  6. Hima Cement Heathens RFC (Uganda)
  7. Uganda Rugby Union (15s, 7s)

It is also to note that that following clubs are top tier in the leagues that they play in and in addition dressing the country’s national teams. Samurai Sportswear strong fully positioning itself in East Africa to help grow sports especially Rugby.

The kit manufacturer also supplies for both Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs clubs that play in English top flight league called the Premiership. They also supply the Federaco Portuguesa Rugby which is the governing body of Portugal’s rugby. They have also invested in many schools and universities sides across Europe.

SAMURAI SPORTSWEAR LAUNCHED AS THE OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER FOR THE VARSITY LEAGUE.

The 8 University sides will don jerseys supplied for the Varsity League courtesy of Samurai. “The jerseys supplied also reflect the participating teams’ usual colors which help to easily identify the clubs” says Sports Options Aggrey Chabeda at the launch that was at University of Nairobi rugby grounds which will also play host to the first ever Varsity League games tomorrow.

POOL A[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]POOL B[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Varsity League has a greater future to grow with more investments in sports in Kenya and Africa at large. Universities hold a population of up to 9,000+ and this here is a great market for Samurai Sportswear to market their pieces.

The Varsity League kicks off tomorrow at the University of Nairobi Grounds with a 10.00am clash between Catholic University of East Africa side Catholic Monks going up against Technical University of Kenya Mustangs.

Other Fixtures

12.00pm Egerton University Wasps v. TUM Marines

2.00pm   University of Nairobi Mean Machines v. University of Eldoret Trojans

4.00pm Kenyatta University BlakBlad v. JKUAT Cougars

Let us all turn up tomorrow support University sports and also help grow sports in Kenya. University of Nairobi grounds welcomes you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sports Options brings Ozone Statistics on board for the inaugural Varsity League 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Sports Options brings Ozone Statistics on board for the inaugural Varsity League 2018 set to commence this coming weekend at University of Nairobi grounds.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”fadeInUp”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Sports Options formally announced its investment into Kenya’s fastest growing sports rugby by creating the Varsity League. Partnering with Kenya University Sports Association, Sports Options brings you the inaugural rugby tournament that will see Universities fight through a well structured format designed by Sports Options.

“The focus of this event is to develop talent and also give them life skills that they can use to enable them to meet the challenges in life” said Sports Options M.D Mr. Aggrey Chabeda.

The Varsity League will see eight selected Universities pooled in two groups and will play a round robin format over five weeks period from 29th September to 27th October.

The top two Universities in each pool will qualify for the Varsity League semi-finals that will be held in Nakuru County at Egerton University. The first seeded teams in each pool will play the second seeded team of either pool. The finalists will later travel to Nairobi at the University of Nairobi.

 

OZONE STATISTICS

Ozone Statistics is a sports management business that deals in sports data, statistics, analysis, and tournament format design and sports finance. We have so far worked with Namilyango College in Uganda helped improve performance during the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association games this year.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]We also working in driving stats alongside Ace Pro Gaming and Tekken254 that are premier Esports management companies based in Nairobi. The Tekken254 Circuit and FIFA18 saw a jump with high competitions, increased participation and corporate interests in Esports.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]We at Ozone Statistics are proud to be part of the inaugural Varsity League set to commence this weekend at the University of Nairobi grounds. We are set to bring in detailed data statistics of the whole league to help build and grow the use of statistics in sports in Kenya.

“We believe incorporating statistics into the Varsity league will help provide a deeper performance analysis that will not only increase competition but also produce objective information which can be used to optimize fully a player and team performances” say s Ozone Statistics Fanuel Opiyo

The Varsity League taps into the growing sport in Kenya that is highly watched by University students and going into these Universities provides a huge potential to open up various businesses in Kenya. Echoing Sports Options M.D Aggrey Chabeda, offering life skills and opportunity for the youth in Universities is a plus with the Varsity League.

We are pleased to bring in statistics and performance analysis into the Varsity League and happy to partner with Sports Options for this prestigious league. We also encourage many rugby lovers to follow and engage in this great initiative for University sports and also attend in the various venues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]