www.kearsney.com 12 www.kearsney.com 13 College News Sports News TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 Grey College Tennis Tournament This was an incredible event held in October.The top 8 schools in the country arrived in Bloemfontein to compete in this stayers’ tournament.The teams this year were arguably the strongest ever.The Kearsney team of John Bothma, Caleb Fyvie, Finn Coningham, Keegan Gevers, Ryan Smith, Connor van Heerden and Matt Lamplough, played exceptionally well throughout the weekend. We make special mention of John Bothma (Grade 8 and playing at Number 1) - who beat boys 2 and 3 years older than himself. John beat the Number 1 players from Paul Roos, Affies andWaterkloof and lost narrowly to the Grey College number 1. Festival results: Beat Affies by 5 matches to 4 Lost to Paul Roos by 3 matches to 6 Lost Grey College by 1 match to 8 Lost Waterkloof 4 matches to 5 Beat Affies again by 5 matches to 4 Grey College beat Paul Roos in the final by 5 matches to 4. The Kearsney Canoeing team has once again been competitive in the KZN inter-schools competition. Canoeing, in general, has had to endure many challenges this year, including the KZN flooding and associated poor water quality in many water bodies. Despite this, the inter-schools competition remained active and highly competitive. Credit goes to the boys who could adapt and make things work. The Kearsney A and B teams have punched well above their weight over the years, and this year was no different. Our teams finished off in 4th and 7th places overall in the Inter-schools competition. Significant credit must go to the junior paddlers who have made valuable contributions to the team result. Rory Trealeven (U16), Raine Scoular (U16), BenjaminWessels (U14) and Oliver Mowat (U14) all finished inside the top 10 paddlers in their respective age groups for the 2022 season. Trail Running Congratulations to Rory Treleaven and Andrew James, who came 3rd and 4th at the Glencairn Trail Run in Underberg in October (and 1st and 2nd in the Juniors category). Canoeing Report by Mr Steve Main, MIC Canoeing. Right: John Bothma BJ Botha rugby coaching We welcomed Brendon (BJ) Botha to Kearsney College for a scrum clinic on Friday 04 November.With 25 Springbok caps, BJ has tremendous experience and rugby knowledge that few people can rival. He was par t of the winning RugbyWorld Cup team in 2007. BJ spent a few hours with our elite rugby coaches and players, discussing various aspects and techniques related to scrummaging. His presentation was highly informative and educational.We are for tunate to be able to continue utilising his services for our rugby programme in 2023. Grandparents Day After missing out on the last two years, it was fantastic to experience that sense of family and community again at our annual Grandparents’ Day on a beautiful Spring morning in September.Thanks to the grandparents who joined us. It was a special morning at the College as we bade farewell to the Matrics at their meaningful and significant final assembly on Friday 14 October.We congratulate this group of young gentlemen on a wonderful year and for providing such positive leadership. Depar ting staff Mrs Tracey van den Aardweg and Mr Gareth Moerdyk delivered their farewell addresses to the boys. The prefects of 2023 were announced and the leadership of the College symbolically handed over at the traditional flag ceremony. We wish the Class of 2022 all the best for the future. Farewell to the Class of 2022 Carol Services Our annual Carol Services are a highlight for the Kearsney community. Our Choir worked hard to prepare their reper toire in record time, since the services week earlier than usual.We are blessed with a wealth of excellent musicians at the College who could put their skill and talent to good use and add that magic touch for which Kearsney is renowned. The Ethelber t Child andYouth Care Centre is one of Kearsney’s long-term charity par tners, and the offering taken during the services will again be donated to the Home to suppor t their excellent work.