SMACK's Ronald Opio executes a penalty at the Rugby 15's schools tournament in Mbale. SMACK won the championship (Photo: David Isabirye)
SMACK’s Ronald Opio executes a penalty at the Rugby 15’s schools tournament in Mbale. SMACK won the championship (Photo: David Isabirye)

2019 Fresh Dairy Secondary School Games:

Rugby 15’s Finale:

  • St Mary’s College, Kisubi 9 (3) – 9 (2) Namilyango College

Third Place Play off:

  • Ntare School 17-05 Makerere College

St Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) is the king of schools rugby (15’s) in the year 2019.

This was confirmed at Mbale Sports Rugby grounds on Friday, 10th May 2019 during the grand final of the Fresh Dairy Secondary Schools rugby final.

SMACK, for the second time this year overcame sworn rivals Namilyango College in the well contested physical final.

Normal time of this grueling battle ended 7 goals apiece before drop goals separated the two schools, SMACK winning 3-2.

Calvin Musoke was the top performer for SMACK with all the penalties in normal time in a very tight contest.

Ntare School beat Makerere College in the third place play off match.

Makerere College School Rugby team. They finished fourth (Photo: David Isabirye)

Buddo Secondary School finished 5th with a 32-00 one sided performance against Kira College Butiki.

Lango College ended 7th after a 17-07 victory against Mbarara High School in the race to 7th play off game.

Buddo and Kira College Butiki during the 5th place classification match. Buddo won comprehensively 32-00 (Photo: David Isabirye)

In the 9th play-off classification duel, hosts Mbale Secondary School lost the battle 16-21 to neighbors Mbale High School.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Rugby as well as two from basketball (male and female) will be given fully paid for bursaries to Stratemoth University in Kenya courtesy of the sponsors, Fresh Dairy.

Namilyango College Rugby Team fell to SMACK in the final (Photo: David Isabirye)

Rugby was one of the games played under the ball games one arrangement, organized by the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA).

Others included basketball, hockey, lawn tennis, tennis, badminton and women football.

The top finalists per sport will progress to play at the 2019 East African Secondary Schools games in Arusha, come September 2019.

Ntare School player races to the try line. Ntare finished third in the championship (Photo: David Isabirye)

Other Games:

5th Place play-off:

  • Buddo Secondary School 32-00 Kira College, Butiki

7th Place play-off:

  • Lango College 17-07 Mbarara High School

9th Place play-off:

  • Mbale Secondary School 16-21 Mbale High School


  • St Mary’s College Kisubi 27-14 Ntare School
  • Namilyango College 20-03 Makerere College

Quarter finals:

  • St Mary’s College Kisubi 56-03 Kira College Butiki
  • Kings College Buddo 07-00 Lango College
  • Mbale High School 07-24 Makerere College
  • Masaba High School 12-31 Kira College Butiki

Group Stages:

  • Namilyango College 36-03 Mbale Secondary School
  • St Mary’s College Kisubi 21-03 Mbarara High School
  • Lango College 00-31 Makerere College
  • Kings College Buddo 17-00 Mbale High School
  • Mbale Secondary School 05-38 Ntare School
  • Mbarara High School 07-24 Kiira College, Butiki
  • Masaba Secondary School 03-66 St Mary’s College Kisubi
  • Lango College School 14-07 Mbale High School
  • Makerere College School 13-10 Kings College, Buddo
  • Namilyango College 36-10 Ntare School

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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