CENTRAL zone Schools Sports Association, stood tall in the 45th Annual Inter-Zonal Sports Festival of the Volta Schools and Colleges Sports Federation held at the Ho Sports Stadium after emerging overall winners in both boys and girls category.
The one-week competition which ran from Friday, March 9, successfully came to an end on Wednesday, March 14 with single round robin activities in Volleyball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Handball, Netball, Athletics, Cross Country, and Basketball.
The zone whose demarcation is from Tsito in the West to Kpedze and its environs in the North, through to Adaklu in the south and Ziope to the East, paraded their best athletes from the over 25 Second Cycle schools during their 44th Inter Schools Sports Festival which ended March 2, 2018.
The P.E teachers assigned to the various teams had to do a lot of work on them to achieve the host and win target.
In Athletics girls, SOUTH finished 1st with a total of 137 points while UPPER MID SOUTH followed with 124 points. CENTRAL couldn’t find themselves in the first 3 as UPPER NORTH came 3rd with 83 points. Best Athlete went to Gar Deborah of UPPER MID SOUTH. Meanwhile CENTRAL finished 2nd in the boy’s category with 110 points, 82 less than 1st place SOUTH and 31 more than 3rd place LOWER MID SOUTH. CENTRAL’s Sodzinshie Anthony was adjudged the Best Athlete.
UPPER-MID SOUTH won the Netball game with defending champions CENTRAL coming 2nd. LOWER NORTH finished 3rd in the competition that saw Azumah Gloria being adjudged the Best player.
In Volleyball girls, UPPER MID SOUTH had a good competition and emerged winners, while SOUTH who won it last year and CENTRAL following in that order. Amezugbe Celestine, a player of the winners was adjudged the Best. The boy’s division saw SOUTH beating every zone to defend their title, while UPPER MID SOUTH and UPPER NORTH finished runners-up and 3rd place respectively. Alex Ako from UPPER MID SOUTH won the Best player.
In Soccer, CENTRAL girls did a good job, going pass a strong UPPER NORTH side to come first with 12 points after 6 matches, snatching the title off SOUTH who followed closely with 11 points while UPPER NORTH came 3rd and had their player Dawah Jennifer winning the Best player accolade. The boys, however, saw CENTRAL trail LOWER MID SOUTH by a point to place 2nd with 12 points. Defending champions LOWER NORTH finished 3rd with 10 points but UPPER MID SOUTH’s Vadze Mawuli has adjudged the Best player.
The Cross Country competition which took place on the day of closing saw UPPER NORTH girls win with 36 points, while CENTRAL came 2nd with 48 points. UPPER-MID SOUTH had a total of 50 points and placed 3rd. CENTRAL again came 2nd in the boy’s division with 30 points, 2 more than 1st placed SOUTH and 25 less than UPPER MID SOUTH on 3rd position.
Team CENTRAL were fantastic in the Girls Handball, winning all games to place 1st. They had SOUTH to beat as the latter finished 2nd while UPPER NORTH came 3rd. Sam Clothilda from CENTRAL was named the Best player. The boys saw LOWER NORTH on top, CENTRAL following and SOUTH finishing 3rd with CENTRAL’s Richard Quarcoo emerging as the Best player.
CENTRAL had another Best player accolade which was by Sasu Millicent after their outstanding performance in the girls’ Basketball to finish 1st. SOUTH came 2nd and UPPER MID SOUTH came 3rd. LOWER NORTH also had their player Dzandu Michael named as the Best player in the boy’s Basketball after they won it. SOUTH and UPPER MID SOUTH followed in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Finally, CENTRAL trailed to SOUTH in both boys and girls Table Tennis. LOWER NORTH for boys and LOWER MID SOUTH for girls finished 3rd place. Emmanuel Atikpo won the Best player accolade in the boy’s division from SOUTH, but Ruby Lartey from CENTRAL was named the Best player in the girl’s category.
With these performances, CENTRAL, who were runners-up to SOUTH at last year’s edition, took the 1st position at home as they were tied on top with the latter in the girls overall but had a comfortable lead in the boy’s division which saw SOUTH 2nd.
Closing the Festival, Volta Regional Director of Education, John Teku implored the athletes to continue to develop their talents.
“All the disciplines were very good with good sportsmanship exhibited. You displayed your skilful talents hidden in you. What we are preparing you for is the ultimate national festival that we will be observing come next year. We are closing here but that is not the end of your own development, carry it up wherever you find you go, in school or at home, so that whatever you need to unfold, will be well done.”
He also urged the Headmasters, and P.E teachers to help them to further prepare for next year’s national festival in order to win laurels.
Meanwhile Regional Physical Education Coordinator, B.B Dotse believes this year’s competition is an improvement of what was held in Sogakope last year.
“This year, I will say thanks to my lieutenants for their support in making this successful. I took over the seat 2 years now and Sogakope was a start; this year at Ho, it has been very successful. Comparing to Sogakope, it’s an improvement. We got support from Agyengo who donated medals and also Indomie came to motivate the athletes. These are the things we need to promote Sports in the Volta Region.”
The Interzonal Sports Festival baton has been handed over to North zone to host next year’s edition.