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Champions Scorpions aim to end season unbeaten, says Senge

• Scorpions sealed the title with two matches to spare following a 4-2 win over Spartans on Saturday.

In Summary

 

•Senge, who has spent 14 years with both Scorpions and Gladiators (men's team), said a bulletproof mentality made it possible for his young team to achieve the milestone.

• The students have only dropped points once in 10 matches thus far — a 1-1 draw with dethroned champions Blazers. 

Blazer's Caroline Guchu contests for the ball with Gilly Okumu of Strathmore in a past league match.
Blazer's Caroline Guchu contests for the ball with Gilly Okumu of Strathmore in a past league match.
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Strathmore Scorpions cannot afford to rest on their laurels despite sealing their maiden Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League title, coach Meshack Senge has warned.

Senge, who has spent 14 years with both Scorpions and Gladiators (men's team), said a bulletproof mentality made it possible for his young team to achieve the milestone.

Scorpions sealed the title with two matches to spare following a 4-2 win over Spartans on Saturday.
 

Scorpions' march to the title was unavoidable, considering record champions Blazers are on the decline while USIU-A Spartans have been inconsistent. Both were pre-season favourites.

"This is just the beginning of better things to come. The long wait is finally over," a relieved Senge said. 

"As much as we would like to bask in current glory, it isn't the best time to celebrate because we still have matches against Sliders and Wolverines. We want to end the season on a high. Momentum must be maintained and standards need to be raised."

He went on: "We never prepared for a title. Winning is a consequence of improvement. Players did their duty with courage. Winning the big matches instilled belief. Winning all our first leg matches obviously intimidated our rivals. They feared and respected us and so it was easy to actualise our plans."

Scorpions will also focus on next year's African Club Championship. The students have only dropped points once in 10 matches thus far — a 1-1 draw with dethroned champions Blazers. 

"Jeriah Onsare was standout for me. She was consistent and gave us balance and continuity. Given her age and experience, I think she defied all odds to stay focused. Diana Awino was a fixture in defence. She is our 'Berlin Wall'," he added. Scorpions have conceded just four goals this season. 

"Grace Bwire came in handy in the second leg and scored some important goals. There was nothing more I could request from the girls," said Senge. Bwire scored the four goals in the weekend win against Spartans.

"We are going to evaluate our season because we haven't had it easy. Get players play better when we release them to the market."