The Elliptics gala 2010

The Ministry of Rugby hosted the Elliptics Awards gala on Saturday 20th November, 2010.

Despite a two hour delay as guests trickled in, the event, MC-ed by Renee Sewe and Kule Ekirapa, was well attended and well organised.

Although KRU Director Edward Rombo was present to accept his award, I had hoped to see more representation from KRU. Maybe they weren’t invited :).

It was lovely to see Harlequins well represented; officials James Absaloms Juma and Paul Nyamodi were there, as was Edward Kinyany. I also saw Alan Hicks from Nondescripts. There was a sprinkling of Mwamba players. A very jovial Sydney Obonyo, the new Mean Machine coach was also in attendance, and Mitch Ocholla brought some of his Leos along. Godwin Karuga, one of Kenya’s top referees, was also present.

The ever lovely Priya Chana also attended this event.

Steel Pulse, rugby’s original cheer leader, took the crowd down memory lane as he sang a few of his golden oldies; the X rated versions, and Rombo was only too willing to sing back up.

Award recipients included:

1. Elliptics MVP of the Year (MALE)
Innocent Simiyu

2. Elliptics MVP of the Year (FEMALE)
Philadelphia Orlando

3. Elliptics Referee of the Year
Godwin Karuga

4. Elliptics Director of the Year
Edward Rombo

5. Elliptics Team of the Year
Kenya Harlequins

6. Elliptics Best Audio Media
Capital FM

7. Elliptics Best Visual Media
Supersport

8. Elliptics Best Print Media
Nation

9. Elliptics Rookie of the Year
Ayange Felix

10. Elliptics Coach of the Year
Edward Kinyany (HARLEQUINS)

11. Elliptics School of the Year
Mang’u

12. Elliptics Fan of the Year
Millie Mwango (KENYA)

13.Elliptics Hall of Fame
Jackson ‘Jacko’ Omaido

Omaido’s induction into the Hall of Fame was well deserved and long overdue.

A few people tripped over their speeches and some shed tears. The event was over by around midnight but some stalwarts stayed on until sunrise.

All in all it was a great night, with great people.

 

Mentalacrobatics and Harvesttone at the Elliptics

 

You can see more photos of the event on Ministry of Rugby or on the ministry’s facebook page

The Elliptics: nominees announced

The Ministry of Rugby has released the list of nominees for the The Elliptics Awards gala to be held on Saturday, 20th November, 2010

1. Elliptics MVP of the Year (MALE)

Innocent Simiyu
Humphrey Kayange
Peter Abuoga

2. Elliptics MVP of the Year (FEMALE)

Celestine Navalayo
Philadelphia Orlando
Stacy Awuor

3. Elliptics Referee of the Year

Raymond Oruo
Godwin Karuga
Andrew karani

4. Elliptics Director of the Year

Branco Ng’inja
Edward Rombo
Willy Ombisi

5. Elliptics Team of the Year

Kenya XVS
Kenya Harlequins
Homeboyz

6. Elliptics Best Audio Media

Capital FM
Homeboyz Radio
Radio Africa

7. Elliptics Best Visual Media
Supersport
Citizen
K24

8. Elliptics Best Print Media

Nation
Standard
Star

9. Elliptics Rookie of the Year

Ambunya David
Ayange Felix
Ombachi Dennis

10. Elliptics Coach of the Year

Edward Kinyany (HARLEQUINS)
Michael Otieno (KENYA XVS)
Bosco Muamba (MANGU HIGH SCHOOL)

11. Elliptics School of the Year

Mang’u
Kangaru
Kakamega

12. Elliptics Fan of the Year

Phillip Jalang’o (QUINS)
Millie Mwango (KENYA)
Allison Dunn (ENGLAND)
Georgie Mokuasi (USA)
Ernest Marine Gikonyo (USA)

13.Elliptics Hall of Fame (NOT FOR POLLING)

The public can vote here.