From the 15th to 19th of May 2017, the 3rd edition of the Kayode Opeifa sponsored Lagos state Secondary School Handball Competition was held at the Mobolaji Johnson sports complex popularly called Rowe Park in Yaba Lagos, Nigeria.
Over 120 teams representing about 90 schools from the five divisions of the state partook in the competition under the sponsorship of Mr.Opeifa Kayode, who was the former Lagos state commissioner for transportation.The tournament is held every year to commemorate the sponsors birthday.
THE TOURNAMENT IN SUMMARY
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS 2016
Orile girls’ junior high school and Herbert Macaulay Junior School were the defending champions for girls’ and boys’ junior while
Aiyetoro girls’ high school and Archdeacon Adelaja Snr high School Bariga were the holders of the Girls and Boys Senior category
NEW CHAMPIONS EMERGED
JUNIOR CHAMPIONS 2017
In the first final of the day Herbert Macaulay Junior High School beat St Lukes 4-3 in the girls Final.
Defending champions in the junior boys’ category Herbert Macaulay Junior High proved to everyone that cared to listen that they are the best set of players in the Junior boys’ category as they walloped Ikosi Junior High School 15-4
SENIOR CHAMPIONS 2017
In the final of the senior girls category Herbert Macaulay Secondary School Yaba dethroned the defending girls’ champion, Ayetoro high school 8-1 in a one sided final. The Herbert Macaulay girls were too strong for their counterpart from Ayetoro.
The highlight of the tournament was the senior boys final between Ayetoro high school and defending champion Archdeacon Adelaja
It was indeed a good advertisement for secondary school handball and indeed for the game of handball as a sport. The ayetoro boys had just witnessed how the Archdeacon Adelaja girls clinched the title at the expense of their girls, so they vowed to avenge the loss by dethroning the Archdeacon Adelaja boys.
It was a great match, exciting show of skill and knowledge of the game, the end to end stuff was superb but in the long run Adelaja produced a great come back to secure a narrow 19-18 victory to retain their title. It was a painful experience for the gladiators from Ayetoro, they fought gallantly but it was obvious the lost to a more determined side.