Pike Under 14 Memorial Rugby 7s Tournament

On Saturday, 25th May 2024 we commemorated the inaugural rugby tournament in memory of Mr. Michael Pike. Mr. Pike is a past teacher of the school and the initiator of rugby in our Primary Section. He joined the school’s teaching staff in 1989. He had played in his national rugby team Uruguay before coming to Kenya to teach in the Primary section. He held various roles in school, including Head of the Primary Section, Deputy Principal of School, and Head of Tutorial Section.

Though a trained Architect, Mr. Pike found a passion in teaching and education. He enjoyed teaching in the Primary Section, Tutoring and Coaching Rugby. He had been very instrumental in helping the school educate parents through setting up and coordinating the Parenting Seminars which are there to date. He was a patient and cheerful gentleman who had great love for Kenya. He will be greatly loved and his memories will keep on with us as we hope to have the rugby tournament every year for his memorial. Mr. Pike was born on May 23rd, 1951, and passed away on November 23rd, 2020 after a short illness. We fondly remember him and pray for his soul. Requiescat in pace!

To celebrate him we will be having the Pike Under 14 Memorial Rugby 7s Tournament which will host boys, from schools, aged 14 years for a rugby tournament. The aim is to have schools sending teams for the tournament to compete for the trophy and enjoy the game. The tournament motto is: “Play with heart, respect and sportsmanship – for it’s not just about winning, but about the character you build along the way“. This would be a typical thought that Mr. Pike would pass on to the players while coaching.

The inaugural tournament hosted 4 Teams: Strathmore A, Strathmore B, Braeburn Gitanga Road and RVA(Rift Valley Academy). After a round robin of matches, the finalists were Strathmore A and RVA.

RVA took the day by winning the finals 12 – 5 against Strathmore A.

Deacon Overton – RVA took the Most Valuable Player Award

Nelson Onyango – Strathmore A took the top Try Scorer Award

Congratulations to the players. Three cheers to all the teams on the inaugural tournament!

We can’t wait to see what next year’s tournament brings!


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