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Thika High School Hockey Team "SAILORS" sail through to Nationals breaking the 27 year ellipsis.

Central Region  champions Thika High School hockey boys’aka Sailors, pose for a group photo at the school grounds during the interview.

Back in the 1990’s whenever the name Thika High School was mentioned two things would cross one’s mind; their academic prowess and hockey dominance.

Located at the heart of Thika town in Kiambu County, “HAE” has continued to strike a delicate balance between academics and sport.

Once you approach enter the school’s gate a signage written ‘Abundant Life’ welcomes you.

Central Region  champions Thika High School hockey boys’ team sailed their way to the nationals to book the team a place in hockey in Secondary Schools National Term One Games all these have been achieved thanks to good strategy and proper planning from the school management.

The County school is known to recruit the best performers in KCPE, and once they have joined the school the students are given the opportunity to choose the sport they love.

According to Kelvin ‘Kevo’ Mwas “It happens majority of the boys in form one choose hockey, but not everyone will play for the school team, the passion discipline and commitment to training sessions is key for the player’s growth and delivery on the pitch.”

“In the recent years most of my hockey players are top in their respective classes, I have always insisted that they have to perform well in class for you to make it to the school team,” he said.

Kiambu County is a very competitive region in sports and academic, proper planning for the season is off essence. The school organizes friendly matches with very high profile teams in the Kenyan hockey league.They have travelled across the country to attend different tournaments that involve their competitors all these is with the aim of perfecting their skills ready to conquer.

Having failed to qualify for the national competitions after losing to rivals Mangu High School 1-0 in the regional finals in 2017,was enough motivation for the current team to work even harder, team captain Mathew Mutiso is optimistic these will be a successful year for the team.

“Every team member in this team prepared well, waking up at 3.00am to exercise and turning up for major tournaments that when have played were very good signs that our team was set to represent our region in the 2018 Nationals. This is a good indicator that if we keep the momentum of preparations we might as well scoop the national trophy," He added.

Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) Term1 Games will be held at Kangaru High School in Embu County, from 7th April 2018 Thika High School will be bouncing back to the limelight after 27years hiatus in arguably a championship like no other in recent years that will see the boys compete to dethrone current champions off their crown.  

Earlier this year the Ministry of Education abolished Term Two ‘A’ secondary school ball games starting from this year and instead,re-organized the 2018 calendar of events for secondary schools. 

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