Four fallow seasons for Kelston BHS might be about to change. The west Auckland school won 11 1A titles from 1977-1998 but nothing since and no semifinals berth since 2011, when they took the national Top 4 crown. They have always possessed the athletic talent, exemplified by their record at the Condors 7s, but have lacked consistency. Now under the coaching of Che Muller and principal Brian Evans, they have assembled a strong squad featuring 12 returnees and a stack of Year 12 talent that has matured. Clearly, they cannot lose their first five games as they did in 2015 and expect to challenge, but can build on the fact they lost just one of their last six games. Though the departure of NZ Schools three-quarter TJ Vaega is a blow, Kelston will look to fullback Seb Visinia and halfback Fa’alai Peni to lead the way along with Samoan Schools lock AJ Sagaga in the pack. “The No 1 message is all about the culture and what’s been great about successful Kelston teams,” says Muller.