Kearsney win at College
Kearsney entered two u18 sides to take part in Maritzburg College’s Skonk Nicholson 7s tournament at the weekend, both teams consisting of only Grade 10 and 11 players as the Matrics were unavailable. Kearsney’s A team were eventual tournament winners.
The A team’s first group match was against College B and, after an effective start, managed to beat them 22-15. Next up was Northwood B and Kearsney beat them convincingly 41-7. The last group encounter was against St Charles, who were a score ahead from early on in the match and finally beat Kearsney 36-21.
Kearsney ended second in the group, which meant they played College A, winner of their group, in the quarterfinals. It was a close encounter but, with two minutes to go, Kearsney changed gear and beat the hosts 29-17.
Kearsney’s semifinal was against Northwood A and, after a few nervous moments and resolute defence, Kearsney won 21-19.
With only five minutes to recover after their semifinal match, Kearsney again played St Charles in the final. They dug deep and showed tremendous tenacity, beating a highly motivated St Charles team 26-12.
Meanwhile Kearsney’s B team managed a convincing 33-0 win against Carter High in their first group stage match. In their second match, they fought hard against Northwood A but lost 26-14. They won their last group match against a Barbarian side convincingly 42-7 to go through to the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinal was against a strong Hilton A team who won 26-14.
From Sue Miles of Working Words
Photos: Darren Polzi