Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dan Limbago (USTA) A Hit At Sadili


The Sadili camps kick started on high note on the 17/12/12. A lot of energy could be felt all round within the various displines from Tennis, Basketball, Soccer and Rugby.
Fitness with Dan Limbago
Undaunted by the heavy rains that fell for the better part of Tuesday morning, athletes at Sadili couldn’t miss an opportunity of taking advantage of training with visiting trainers, Mr. Dan Limbago who is the national manager of National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), at the United States Tennis Association (USTA), assisted by Sadili Oval’s own; Dr. Elizabeth Odera, (Director of Sadili Oval Sports Academy).
From the Basketball court, Mr. Nick-Caro O’Neil Golding who was an Instructor with MPAC Sports in the U.A.E Dubai (from Chicago, USA) had intense sessions with students who were only eager to fill their curiosity and skill on the game. Their determination written all over their faces was a clear indication of how well they would like to excel.
Speaking to Sadili Oval’s Evelyne Guchura, Mr. Nick-Caro said that he had seen a lot of potential in the Kenyan youth training at Sadili Oval Sports Academy. ‘We need to tap this talent at a young age for the fundamental basics so as to grow the talent in the game with time.’ said Nick. He hopes that during his stay in Kenya, he is going to offer some innovative developments in sports especially starting from the primary schools level, while working together with various partners involved. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

East Africa ITF Tennis Circuit Day 5

Isaac Stoute
Joshua Luck kept the South African flag flying when he started the day with his singles semi-final match, in the searing heat of Mombasa, a match which was very tough, and which he won 6-4 6-1 against top seed J. Lock (ZIM). The second singles semi-final went to Sadili's special friend, Isaac Stoute (UK), who beat I. Mzai (KEN) 6-4 7-6(6)

Thereafter, the doubles semi-finals came on, with Joshua Luck and our own Amadi Kagoma and though they fought valiantly, they faced a very fresh team of second seeds, L. Harris/B. Scheepbouwer, who won 6-2 6-4. They live to fight another day.









For more results go to:
http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026760

Thursday, November 22, 2012

East Africa ITF Tennis Circuit Day Four


Amadi Kagoma and Joshua Luck are in the semis!
They have just beaten J. Ubon (NGR) and I. Kibet Yego (KEN) 7-5 4-6 10-3. Well done boys!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

East Africa ITF Tennis Circuit Day 3

Today, our favorites and third seeded, Amadi Kagoma (BUR) and Joshua Luck (RSA) with shaky start today, as they grabbled with a new partnership against a well-oiled machine, on F. Migliano (ITA) and A. Ovechkin (RUS). Both Joshua and Amadi hang onto the tail, losing the first set 5-7, before relaxing and grabbing the second set 6-3, setting up for a nail-biting super tie-break, which they took 10-8. This win takes them to the Boys doubles quarterfinals.


Eric Kipkoech (left) with Henry Ayesiga
Rookies, G. Alansi (YEM) partnered with our own Olivier Kigotho (KEN), losing in a well-fought match against 6th seeds, E. Harwood/I. Stoute (UK) 2-6 6-7(4). J. Esikumo (KEN)/J. Lutaaya (UGA) fought bravely, losing to 8th seeds D. Dowson (AUS)/H. Xu (CHIN) of Sanchez Casale, 3-6 3-6. Our other rookies, H. Ayesiga/E. Kipkoech (KEN) lost to S Merkling/N. Pondigas (RSA) 6-3, 6-0.

More results available on:
http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026760


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

East Africa ITF Under 18 Tennis Circuit Day Two


Amadi Kagoma
Morning: Amadi Raises The Bar
The day has begun with a revitalised Amadi, ready to do battle with the best of them. After a quick warmup, he took the first game with flawless serves for which there were not answers, then the games evened out until both Sias Merkling (RSA) and Amadi got to 3-3. Amadi then moved to net at every provocation, grabbing the set at 6-3. The third set was different. Both boys began to circle, breaking each other for 6 games in a row. At 3-3, Amadi broke his opponent, and completed the set with ease, moving to the quarters at 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. 

Issac Stoute











Quarters: Isaac Prevails

Oh what an afternoon..!


In what was a close repeat of the match two years ago on the same court, Amadi met his nemesis, Isaac Stoute (UK), in the Boys Singles Under 18 Quarterfinals, a match that lasted a little over three hours, which each player grabbing a set each, and, in the fierce heat, Amadi capitulated losing 0-6, 6-3, 2-6.

For the rest of the results, go to:
http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026760


Monday, November 19, 2012

East Africa ITF Under 18 Circuit Day One


John Lutaaya
Chizi Mutsumi
There were mixed results on our first day at the Circuit: Amadi had a tough second round match with Merkling Sias (RSA). Amadi was leading 5-4, then it got dark and he couldn't see well, though they insisted on playing on, and lost first set 5-7. They continue tomorrow. Jamin won first round, then fought very hard in the second - rallies were averaging 29 per point. Very impressive. He lost, but is proving himself, finally. The same goes for Lutaaya with an honorable loss aaainst Shekarizz Ashkan (IRI), in the final set, after a tough 3.37 hours, making it the longest match of the day!
The tournament has a large contingent of Spanish, Italian and Polish academies, with Sanchez Cassale being one of the toughest (coach, trainer, physio!). Only one person fainted - damn!
Little Chizi Mutsumi took too long to start, was really terrified, and picked up in the tail part of the match: she said "now I know how to play next time, just watch me."
Olivier Kigotho was amazing, he showed all the elements of a big player. Unfortunately, experience got him in the end.
The footnote today belongs to little Henry, for whom the match against  Merkling Sias, ended before he even began to play, had a permanent puzzled look on his face for the rest of the day.
Keeping you posted.....

Friday, November 2, 2012

Karen Tennis for Kibera


Karen Country Club will be holding a tennis tournament in aid of the construction of the Kibera tennis play space. The event is scheduled for tomorrow, 3rd Nov 2012 from 1.30  pm at the prestigious Karen Country Club, along Karen Rd. 
The funds raised are aimed at grading the ground where the kids train in the first phase of the establishment of the Kibera Tennis Center. Together with the Local community, Sadili Oval will be coordinating the project. At the moment this is just a sloping piece of land that needs a retaining wall and levelling.  Players will also bring any racquets, sports clothing etc that they no longer need.

Why Kibera?Over the years, Sadili Oval Sports Academy has been working to promote tennis as sport to the local people. Through these efforts, Kibera slums has continuously boasted talent to reckon with, especially in the under 18 yrs players. This project will therefore create a more convenient space for more children to develop their talent on the game, as well as source of recreation to keep them away from other social injustices.The surface will be used for tennis, basketball, and volleyball. 

Want to watch the kids play? 
Go to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9VhDtWnkVw&list=PL8876103436B9F9FF&index=13&feature=plpp_video

Sunday, October 28, 2012

SMASHERS CHALLENGE CUP CLOSES ON A HIGH NOTE


The final round of the Smashers Challenge Series 2012 ended to today at Sadili Oval Sports Academy, with Henry Ayesiga (Uganda) causing major upsets to become champion in both the Boys U16 and U18 categories. In the Boys U16, Henry Ayesiga topped Pool A after beating Wycliffe Okenye and Amon Muinde 6/1, 62 and 6/2,6/3, respectively. In the semi-finals, he met Shebani Kabura (Burundu), who had just routed out Olivier Kigotho (Kenya) 6/1 6/1, to win 7/6(6) 6/2. In the finals, he trounced John Lutaaya (Uganda) 6/3 6/1.  Josephat Garo (Kenya) took the U14s , beating Ronex Otieno (Kenya) 6/1 6/0.
Lornah Bhwenje lifted the Girls U18 after close matches against Chizi Mutsumi 6/4 7/6(7) and Melisa Brown 7/6(6 )7/5
The Smashers Challenge is a series of 5 tournaments at Level B for intermediate and advanced juniors players and is recognized and ranked by Tennis Africa Cup.

GSU-12
Belinda Awino v/s Elizabeth Sheila 6/0,6/0
Belinda Awino v/s Sophie Mary 6/1,6/2
Elizabeth Sheila v/s Sophie Mary 3/6,0/6
Winner: Belinda Awino
Runner-up:Sophie Mary
BSU-12
Pool A
Davis Matanda v/s Charles Ochieng 6/1,6/4
Davis Matanda v/s Elizabeth Aluoch 6/2,7/5
Charles Ochieng v/s Elizabeth Aluoch 6/4,6/4
1st Davis Matanda
2nd Charles Ochieng
Pool B
Antony Owita v/s Nigel Odhiambo 7/5,4/6,10/6
Antony Owita v/s Ronald Omondi 6/3,6/2
Nigel Odhiambo v/s Ronald Omondi 6/0,6/2
1st Antony Owita
2nd Nigel Odhiambo
SEMI FINALS
Davis Matanda v/s Nigel Odhiambo 7/5,6/1
Charles Ochieng v/s Antony Owita 4/6,2/6
1st Davis Matanda
2nd Antony Owita
FINALS

Semifinals
Final
Winner





Matanda Davis




Matanda Davis


Odhiambo Nigel
7-5 6-1 




Matanda Davis

Ochieng Charles

6-0 6-1


Owita Antony


Owita Antony
6-4 6-2 







BSU-14
Pool A
Josephat Garo v/s Davis Matanda 6/3,6/2
Josephat Garo v/s David Mukhwana 6/1,6/2
Davis Matanda v/s David Mukhwana 4/6,5/7
1st Josephat Garo
2nd David Mukhwana
Pool B
Saada Nahimana v/s Ronex Otieno 5/7,6/1,8/10
Saada Nahimana v/s Antony Owita 0/6,0/6
Saada Nahimana v/s Byron Omondi 6/0,6/1
Ronex Otieno v/s Antony Owita 6/4,6/0
Ronex Otieno v/s Byron Omondi 6/0,6/3
Antony Owita v/s Byron Omondi 4/6,6/2,8/10
1st Ronex Otieno
2nd Antony Owita
Pool C
Wycliffe Okenye v/s Olivier Kigotho 4/6,2/6
Wycliffe Okenye v/s Sylvester Juma 6/0,6/0
Olivier Kigotho v/s Sylvester Juma 6/0,6/0
1st Olivier Kigotho
2nd Wycliffe Okenye


Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final
Winner







1
Garo Josphat






Garo Josphat



2
Bye 1







Garo Josphat


3
Owita Antony

6-2 6-2 




Okenye Wycliff



4
Okenye Wycliff
6-2 6-4 







 Garo Josphat

5
Kigotho Olivier


 6-1 6-0



Kigotho Olivier



6
Mukhwana David
6-1 6-1 






 Otieno Ronex


7
Bye 2

 6-4 6-4




Otieno Ronex



8
Otieno Ronex
















BSU-16
Pool A
Henry Ayesiga v/s Amon Muinde 6/2,6/3
Henry Ayesiga v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/1,6/2
Amon Muinde v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/3,6/1
1st Henry Ayesiga
2nd Amon Muinde
Pool B
John Lutaaya v/s Shabani Kabura 6/3,6/4
John Lutaaya v/s Josephat Garo 6/3,6/2
Shabani Kabura v/s Josephat Garo 7/6(9),7/6(9)
1st John Lutaaya
2nd Shabani Kabura
Pool C
Robert Kasombo v/s Olivier Kigotho 6/4,6/1
Robert Kasombo v/s Ronex Otieno 6/2,6/1
Olivier Kigotho v/s Ronex Otieno 6/7(5),7/5,10/7
1st Robert Kasombo
2nd Olivier Kigotho



Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final
Winner





1
Ayesiga Henry





Ayesiga Henry


2
Bye 1






 Ayesiga Henry

3
Kabura Shebani

 7-6(6) 6-2



Kabura Shebani


4
Kigotho Olivier
6-1 6-1 






 Ayesiga Henry
5
Kasombo Robert


 6-3 6-1


Muinde Amon
 

6
Muinde Amon
6-0 3-6 [11-9] 





Lutaaya John

7
Bye 2

6-1 6-2 



Lutaaya John


8
Lutaaya John













BSU-18
Jamin Luvembe v/s Amon Muinde 6/1,6/4
Jamin Luvembe v/s Henry Ayesiga 4/6,6/3,8/10
Jamin Luvembe v/s John Lutaaya 6/3,6/7(5),11/9
Jamin Luvembe v/s Robert Kasombo 6/3,6/0
Amon Muinde v/s Henry Ayesiga 2/6,4/6
Amon Muinde v/s John Lutaaya 1/6,2/6
Amon Muinde v/s Robert Kasombo 6/0,3/6,11/9
Henry Ayesiga v/s John Lutaaya 6/1,6/1
Henry Ayesiga v/s Robert Kasombo 6/2,6/3
John Lutaaya v/s Robert Kasombo 6/0,6/0

Winner: Henry Ayesiga
Runner-up: Jamin Luvembe

GSU-18
Chizi Mutsumi v/s Lonah Bhwenje 4/6,6/7(0)
Chizi Mutsumi v/s Melisa Brown 3/6,6/3,4/10
Lonah Bwhenje v/s Melisa Brown 7/6,(6),7/5

Winner: Lonah Bhwenje
Runner-up: Melisa Brown