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

8. Elliptics Best Print Media

9. Elliptics Rookie of the Year
Ayange Felix

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

11. Elliptics School of the Year

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


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