1st December, 2010
Toyibat Comprehensive School, Gbagada, Lagos and Addax Rugby Football Club juniorÂ team at the weekend emerged winners of the Friends of Rugbyâ€™s organised Mike UkomeÂ under-aged Schools competition held at St Saviourâ€™s School Ikoyi, Lagos State.
According Ntiense O Williams,Â Secretary of Friends of Rugby,Â the groupÂ successfully revived schools rugby competition with the organisation of the one-dayÂ championship held on Saturday, 27 November, this year.
Playing withvigour, Toyibat lads kept no one in doubt about their ability to outdoÂ other schools when they defeated the host, St. Saviourâ€™s kids by 15 points to 5Â points in the final of the Under-11 category.
However, despite losing the trophy to the more determined Toyibat side, the StÂ Saviourâ€™s were consoled with the Most Valuable Player, MVP, award which went to PaulÂ Coker.
Toyibat also went home with the Under-16 boyâ€™s trophy, beating Kings Collage 5Â points to nil in a hard fought battle that stretched into extra time.
With the match gradually drawing to a close without any score, Toyibat had to relyÂ on the experience of their team captain, Wale Akanbi, whose solo run made nonsenseÂ of the defense line of Kings Collage boys to give his team a well deserved 5 pointsÂ victory scored in the first half of the extra time.
Wale Akanbiâ€™s effort was good enough to give his side the deserved victory and earnÂ him theÂ MVP, award for the U-16 boyâ€™s event.
Meanwhile, Addax Rugby Football Club junior team were able to checkmate Toyibatâ€™sÂ tall ambition to cart away all the trophies at stake, as they defeated them by 5Â points to nil to win the Under-14 boys category of the tournament.
Anu Owoeye of Addax emerged the MVP, of the Under-14 cadre.Â Addax were alsoÂ victorious again as they won the Girlâ€™s category defeating Toyibat Girlâ€™s by 5Â points to nil to prove their prowess in the Girlâ€™s school rugby tournament.
Ifeoma Oguike of Addax won the Most Valuable player, MVP award in the Girlâ€™s eventÂ that ended proceedings in the highly successful tournament.
Four schools and one club participated in the tournament, which has been on sinceÂ 2005, though the tournament did not hold in the last two years. They are ToyibatÂ Comprehensive School, Dowen Collage, Kings Collage, St Saviour School Ikoyi, LagosÂ and Addax Junior.
The coordinator of the tournament, Emeka Ukome, commended â€œFriends of Rugbyâ€for goodÂ organisation and proper planning, singling out their Chairman, Kelechi Mbagwu, forÂ the sponsorship of the event after two years break which was due to lack ofÂ sponsorship.
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