Club Combine proved to be too strong for Lioness Select who despite a spirited defense went down 36-8 in their final warm up match at the RFUEA grounds. This was a buildup match before Elgon cup encounter first leg in Kisumu on the 22nd of June 2019.
Janet Okello (fullback) scored a try in the seventh minute after she received a switch pass out wide from Celestine Masinde (centre), with Grace Adhiambo (flyhalf) converting to bring the score 7-0 in favour of Club Combine.
They built on this shortly after with a well worked out move that saw Philadelphia Olando commit her defender and pass to Jamari Agatha (Winger) who showed her pace as she powered her way to the try line.
Lioness Select eventually settled into the game and started to take a strong hold but found it hard to turn territory into points, ending the first half with no score.
Stacey Awuor (Hooker) opened the score sheet for Club Combine in the 50th minute with a powerful drive to continue where they had left in the first half. The side continued to apply consistent pressure and their efforts allowed Celestine Masinde to add two more tries extending Club Combine’s lead.
With Club Combine defense holding well, Lioness Select opted for a penalty goal in the 64th minute, Ann Njeri (Flyhalf) splitting the posts.
Agatha Jamari would conclude Club Select dominant performance with her second try of the day, however, Lioness select would have the last say as captain Imogen Hooper leading from the front would grind through to score their only try of the game.
“We are now set to name the squad as all the ladies have shown us what they can do. I must say it was a game of the forwards as they did all the hard work enabling the backs finish up. Enid Ouma (Lock), Leah Njogu (Eighth), Mitchelle Akinyi( backrow), Staycy Atieno (Hooker), Janet Awuor (Backrow), Imogen Hooper(prop), Julliet Nyambura(prop) all had outstanding performances today,” concluded Felix Oloo Head coach Kenya lioness
Club Combined 36 – Tries: Janet okello (1), Agatha Jamari (2). Celestine Masinde (2), Stacy Atieno (1) – Conversion: Grace Adhiambo (3).
Lioness Select 8– Tries: Imogen Hooper. Penalty Goal: Ann Njeri.
Photos courtesy of Emmanuel Orlale Ahenda