Kearsney sink Westville

Kearsney’s new cap­tain Taine Buys in the win against Westville.

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WA­TER POLO

Field­ing stay­ers only, Kearsney and Westville’s first wa­ter polo teams met in their fi­nal match of the sea­son; with Kearsney end­ing on a sat­is­fy­ing 5­4 win against their much­fan­cied ri­vals.

Kearsney started strongly, forc­ing Westville into mis­takes, and their at­tack was fir­ing, with Olly Kenny set­ting up a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ox Car­mody showed great com­po­sure in the hole and was on hand to fin­ish twice, putting Kearsney into a 3­1 lead in the first chukka.

The sec­ond chukka was more of the same with Kearsney cap­tain Taine Buys scor­ing a goal and be­ing ex­cel­lent on de­fence. Sim­i­larly, vice­cap­tain Nick Baines was a con­stant men­ace on at­tack and robbed the ball a num­ber of times on de­fence.

Start­ing the third chukka 4­1 down, Westville then showed why they are such a highly­rated side with a pa­tient at­tack re­sult­ing in two unan­swered goals from the hole.

The pres­sure was back on Kearsney who were strug­gling to main­tain a high­oc­tane de­fence and at­tack with only nine play­ers.

How­ever, a con­fi­dent Car­mody trans­ferred his com­po­sure to the de­fence and closed down the Westville hole men. Kearsney then re­sponded with a break­away goal by Josh Muller to lead 5­3.

The fourth chukka was again a fairly laboured af­fair with both teams bat­tling to gain as­cen­dancy. Westville were the more pa­tient of the teams, and Kearsney reg­u­larly squan­dered pos­ses­sion.

Kearsney’s de­fence held strong — es­pe­cially Tyler Roake in goals — and Westville only man­aged a con­so­la­tion goal at the end, to fin­ish the game 5­4 in Kearsney’s favour. It was a sat­is­fy­ing win for Kearsney and com­pleted a run of five out of six wins at the end of the sea­son.

BAS­KET­BALL

Kearsney’s Stay­ers first team trav­elled to Westville on Fri­day to com­plete the fi­nal fix­ture of the sea­son.

The team looked like the walk­ing wounded af­ter a long and ar­du­ous sea­son, but all the play­ers were com­mit­ted to fin­ish the sea­son un­beaten — some­thing that the last few Stay­ers’ teams have failed to do, stum­bling on the fi­nal hur­dle each time.

The game started with Westville scor­ing their first two shots, while Kearsney missed their first six. It was look­ing as though the un­beaten dream was un­rav­el­ling fast.

Kearsney, how­ever, be­gan to find their shoot­ing rhythm and picked up the de­fen­sive pres­sure, manag­ing to go ahead on the score board 12­7 at the end of the first quar­ter.

Kearsney never looked back from that point on and even man­aged to ex­tend their lead by 13 at half time (38­25).

As hard as Westville played, they never came within 10 points of Kearsney’s score. Kearsney fin­ished with a con­vinc­ing 69­54 win.

In what was a very phys­i­cal en­counter, the su­pe­rior fit­ness, de­fence and good free throw shoot­ing car­ried them to the vic­tory.

Kearsney should be com­mended for the man­ner in which they have played this sea­son. They have strug­gled in some matches but have al­ways found a way to win, hav­ing won 13 out of 13 matches.

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