Westville pip Northwood as Kearsney drown St Charles

2014-11-18 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School and Northwood were involved in an entertaining waterpolo clash on Saturday with Westville getting home 11-8.

Both teams started at a terrific pace as they attempted to grab the initiative and the defence from both sides rose to the occasion. The defensive pattern from both sides looked similar and it was Westville who finally went ahead halfway through the quarter when captain Ryan Clark hit the mark. This effort spurred on Westville who responded with a further two goals before Northwood pulled one back with seconds remaining on the clock.

Northwood struck first in the second quarter to reduce the deficit to a single goal but this was their only breakthrough in this period as Westville tightened their defence and created more chances, two being converted for a 5-2 advantage at the break.

A similar pattern followed in the third quarter, Northwood again scoring first but their comeback thwarted by two quick goals from Brandon Watkins. Despite finding the net for the second time in the quarter, Northwood were playing catch up heading into the final quarter at 8-4 behind.

Three quick goals at the start of the last period from Westville sealed the deal as they found themselves seven goals adrift. However, they dug deep and utilised their time well, finishing strongly with four late goals to narrow the gap and give respect to the score.

Kearsney v St Charles

Keen to finish their year off with a strong performance, Kearsney delivered, racking up an impressive 20-1 win against their Pietermaritzburg counterparts.

Disciplined from the opening whistle, Kearsney took the game to St Charles, capitalising on their rushed play and mistakes to enjoy a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.

With the match destined to have a lop-sided tinge to it, credit must be given to St Charles for tightening up and keeping a rampant Kearsney at bay.

The second quarter looked to be heading the same way as the first, but the St Charles defence and their keeper in particular snuffed out and parried many a threatening attack on goal.

In the final two quarters, Kearsney were back on track, returning to their clinical approach. Matrics Patrick Zietkiewicz, Andries Schoeman and Stephen Tedder all got in on the act in their final match for the first team.

Having been a strong defensive unit this season, Kearsney proved they were just as good on attack, putting together constructive passes to build up on goal, rounded off with excellent finishing.

Keeping it in the water, Kearsney old boy Myles Brown grabbed some attention at the Fina World Cup in Singapore, where he was branded as one of the most interesting swimmers by the organisers.

It came from his exploits in winning gold in the men’s 200 m freestyle in 1:42:39, 15 minutes after he won bronze in the men’s 1 500 m freestyle in 14:38:80.

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