It was a rainy but entertaining day on the final day of the 2018 Lagos State Secondary School Hockey Championship at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island.
The Secondary School Hockey Championship was put together by the Lagos State government for all secondary schools in the state, public and private.
The competition featured 14 different schools in each category, with a maximum of 16 players apiece.
The competition, which was well organised and attended aims to serve as a veritable platform to discover new talents for the state’s hockey teams.
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In the final of the male and female categories, Eletu Odibo Senior High School Bariga and Okemagba Senior High School Epe were crowned winners of the second edition of the hockey competition.
The boys from Bariga, who were the defending champions, defeated their spirited counterparts from Igbooye Community High School 3-1 in a very competitive match.
In the female category, Okemagba needed penalty shootout to see off their challengers, also from Epe, Igbooye Girls in their final game.
Okemagba emerged winners thanks to a 1-0 penalty win, after Igbooye missed all their six spot kicks.
Meanwhile, earlier on, Okemagba also took third place in the male category, after their 2-1 penalty win over St Patrick’s Grammar School, while St. Patrick’s came third in the female category also via penalty shootout, as they defeated Surulere Girls 1-0.
That was not all, prizes were handed out to outstanding players led by Razaq Olaitan of Igbooye, who was named the most valuable player for the male crater, while Okemagba’s Paddy Mercy went home with the female award.
Adamson Nasiru of Eletu was named the highest goalscorer for the males, while Christiana of Igbooye took the female award.
The best goalkeeper for both categories went to the duo of Yusuf Ibrahim and Nimota Yusuf, both of Eletu and Okemagba respectively.
Also, prizes were given to the winning schools, they were rewarded with gifts ranging from hockey equipments, balls and sticks, to medals, with each of the players handed a certificate of participation, too.