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The Red Touch

La Social, emerged winners at the Red Touch tournament held at the Red Lion, Jamhuri Showground over the weekend, beating Team Mende (TMT) 5-2 in an explosive final.

La Social went into the final having beaten Scooby Doo 2-1 in a closely contested semifinal. TMT, made up mostly of former Mean Machine players, squeezed past Le Galois 3-2 in yet another hot semnifinal tie.

The Lannisters easily picked up the Plate with a 5-1 win over Kilometre Moja, who appeared fatigued following their campaign.

Yolo Squad scooped the Bowl with a 2-0 win over Nondies Cubs, a side made up of the Nondescripts RFC under-15 team. The Cubs fell in the Bowl final despite a commendable show of speedy runs, quick hands and fast balls at the breakdown.

The young side managed to show what levels of damage they will do in the near future with a bit more training and experience.

The tournament recorded quite a turnout, with 16 teams turning up to showcase their touch rugby skills. Players of past and present flocked the Nondies RFC home ground.

Kenya 15s captain Wilson K’opondo led the Quins Pensioners to the Plate semifinals where they fell 2-0 to Kilometre Moja. The side also had former Kenya 15s second row Tony Mutai at their disposal, but the firepower was clearly insufficient to lead the rather overly experienced (read old) side to glory.

Kulabu Ladies, made up of the Mwamba women’s team also gave a decent account of themselves, exiting the tournament at the Bowl semifinals stage. The ladies, led by Kenya international Rose Wangari Kamanga, fell 2-7 to Yolo Squad who eventually picked up the Bowl title.

Mean Machine old boys (MOB) also graced the tournament, but only managed a Bowl semifinals appearance that saw the Nondies Cubs emerge victors with a 4-2 score line. A late rally by the MOB was not enough to see off the under 15 Nondies side.

Le Galois managed to pick up the Team Spirit award following to an enviable display of camaraderie and fair play.

Other sides that exited the Red Touch tournament with their heads held high were Unsullied, Wababa, Purchasers (Bowl quarters), Rugby Players Fellowship (Bowl Semifimnals) and Mogadishu (Plate semifinals).

Y-Not Barbeque’s chicken and hotdogs certainly kept the tournament attendees hungry for more, and it at some point became difficult to get some players to leave the food stand and get back to their teams which still had pending fixtures.

No mention of Madi Jimba Yahya has been made in this regard, but the man’s did spend quite a sizeable amount of time at Y-Not founder Tony Onyango’s side.

The Nondescripts organizing committee made up of Micahel Mbiyu, Kevin Were Cedric Odera, Madi Jimba Yahya, Arune Hicks, Clive Akello and Benjamin Marshall have promised and even bigger and better event come the next edition in a couple of months.

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