Very excited this week as we finish preparation for the Driftwood sevens tournament. This will be Malindi RFC's first KRU sanctioned event (I learnt last week at the Kabeberi sevens that it is no longer the KRFU!). Proof: http://www.kenyarfu.com/index.php/competitions/national-sevens-circuit/drift-wood-sevens/429-driftwood-sevens-draw-released-homeboyz-seeded-first :)
So we are training, and the boys are excited. I mentioned that I made it to Nairobi for the Kabeberi tournament at Mwamba's Railway club. Well set up, excellent calibre rugby. I was very happy to finally meet rugby personalities and movers and shakers such as Tank Otieno, Felix Ochieng, Mitch Ochola, Chiro Nyinge, Adelade Nasambu, Thomas Opiyo and countless others. Unfortunately my phone was stolen right after I met them all so I lost all the pictures and contacts, but hopefully can recoup them next weekend! Thanks all of you for taking the time to chat and share a beer!
I mention this because many of these will be at Driftwood and so am looking forward to showing them what Malindi Rugby is about. I am a bit worried, we are quite young and obviously will have no players with any experience of competition at this level. We are playing in the B division and having watched the A division at Kabeberi, I think we might be able to compete. Don't get me wrong, the top teams (Mwamba, Strathmore, Quins, etc) performed at an extremely high level, perhaps for sevens rugby the top elite level. But there were some teams that didn't quite have it together. I do have a couple of players that I'm hoping to showcase, kina Harold Simba and Anthony Kithi (we call him Zeinia) are two players that are relatively well known on the coast. They have been on coast select teams which travelled to the Safari sevens tournament and I think between the two of them they played in 4 or five KSSSA nationals for fifteens and sevens, so for the coast they are established. I'm hoping that Mitch and Co will have a good look at them and possibly that the Union might think about helping us invest in developing players here on the north coast.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Mombasa!