PIC: A Buremba SS volleyballer goes for a spike against Luyanzi in the boys' final. (Credit: Aloysius Byamukama)
BALL GAMES II
LIRA - Uganda will this year be represented by two new sides in the Netball Challenge at the Brookside Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Associations (FEASSSA) games due in Gulu next month.
This will be from August 17-27 at St Joseph’s College, Layibi and Sacred Heart Girls.
The two are Blessed Sacrament Kimaanya and St. Noah Girls, who will join St. Mary’s Kitende and Kibuli SS for the upcoming games following the conclusion of the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Associations (USSSA) Ball Games II at Dr. Obote College, Lira.
A Kimaanya netball goal shooter tries to figure out the next move against Kitende
A St. Bridget volleyballer scores against Namugongo in the third-place playoff
Action between Trust High (white) and Kinaawa in the girls' final
Meanwhile, at the week-long competition, Gulu district ended Butambala’s four-year dominance of the USSSA athletics by emerging top overall.
Gulu took advantage of Butambala’s 4x400 relay disqualification following a mishap in the exchange of batons, and although Gulu tied overall in points (223) with Kitgum, they had a better collection of nine gold medals.
In netball, Kitende won their 15th national title by beating newcomers Kimaanya 27-24 in a tense finale.
Kimaanya’s fresh challenge was noticed right from the start of the event, and when they easily beat three-time finalists Exodus College 27-23 in the quarter finals, they were destined for a podium finish.
A mishap in the baton exchange in the boys' 4x400m relay final saw Butambala (red) disqualified
It was a physical affair in the handball boys' final between Kibuli (blue) and Kakungulu
In handball, Kibuli SS won a double as the girls defeated holders Mbogo 20-14 while the boys edged highflying Kakungulu Memorial 20-19 to clinch the two accolades.
In volleyball, Trust High revenged on holders Kinaawa with a 3-1 win to get back to the top of girls’ volleyball while Luyanzi beat Buremba SS 3-0 to become the new champions after Kitende failed to turn up for this year’s event.
Gulu district athletes celebrated winning the athletics title
St. Mary's Kitende celebrated their 15th national netball title
Lira Woman MP Ruth Atim Ongom, who presided over the closing ceremony, pledged to table a motion in Parliament about government’s increased funding for team Uganda at the upcoming Brookside FEASSSA games.
Teams that qualified for the FEASSSA games next month
Netball: Kitende, Kimaanya, St Noah and Kibuli
Handball boys: Kibuli, Kakungulu, Gombe and Dynamic
Handball girls: Kibuli, Mbogo, Gombe and Iganga SS
Volleyball boys: Luyanzi, Buremba, Wagwa and Kimaanya
Volleyball girls: Trust High, Kinaawa, St Bridget Mbarara and Namugongo
Rugby 7s: Jinja SS, Kololo SS, Dr Obote and Lango College