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12 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2023 www.kearsney.com Sports News 13 www.kearsney.com Sports News U17 Stayers’ Cricket Festival Kearsney College par ticipated once again in this popular and well-organised festival held during the Michaelmas holidays at Michaelhouse.The team (mainly consisting of 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 16A players) was ably led by Matthew Lamplough, and they were impressive against some strong opposition. Matches were played in an exceptionally good spirit and the camaraderie among the players was outstanding.The team recorded 3 wins in the 4 games - against St David’s, St Charles and Uplands College while recording a loss against a strong St Alban’s out t. Coach: Mr Cameron Gordon Manager: Mr Neil Peacock Grey High U15 Cricket Festival The Kearsney U15 cricket team par ticipated in the Grey High U15 Cricket Festival in Gqeberha in the Michaelmas holidays. The boys enjoyed challenging xtures against some of SA’s best cricketing schools and were competitive throughout. A highlight was a two-wicket victory over Free State powerhouse Grey College, in a 50-over xture played at Victoria Park.The festival allowed the boys to test themselves against quality opposition and will hold them in good stead for the rest of the season. Coach: Mr Jono Beaumont Cricket Kearsney College embarked on an international spor ts tour for the rst time in many years when our 1st XI took par t in the St John’s (Harare) Ram SlamT20 competition. Two other South African schools, Clifton College andWestville Boys, were present too. Our team played an outstanding brand of explosive cricket, beatingWise Owl School, Prince Edward, Lomagundi and the hosts St John’s Harare in tough uncompromising pool games.We met St John’s again in the semi- nal. Cameron Veenstra top scored in a tense match with 46 not out and we posted 169/7.The game went down to the wire. Jack O’Donovan took 2 wickets for 11 runs, and MurrayWeyer was superb at the death, defending our score by a mere 5 runs to reach the nal. We playedWestville Boys in the nal, where we played our best cricket of the tournament. Hayden Bishop (38) and Michael de Beer (43) got us to a competitive 170/5.We restrictedWestville to 135/9 with Ross Coetzee being the standout bowler, with 4 for 26. Winning the tournament for the rst time in asking was an incredible achievement. Congratulations to the 1st XI.The boys were superb ambassadors for the College both on and off the eld and left Zimbabwe with memories that will last a lifetime. 1st Team Cricket The Kearsney College 1st XI have had a hectic and highly successful Term 3/4 season. At the time of writing, the 1st XI had played a total of 17 matches, winning 14 and losing 3. The season star ted with an eight-wicket victory over a starstudded Dolphins Academy team in Term 3. Following a 33-run victory over a strong Old Cric’s team (KCOB), the 1st XI travelled to Maritzburg College to par ticipate in the Oppenheimer Michaelmas Cricket Week.The team won their Cricket team unbeaten on Zimbabwean tour Report by Mr André van Zyl, Manager. Water Polo Water polo this season began with some big tournaments around the country and players put in some impressive displays of talent, teamwork and commitment. 1st team Clifton Tournament 6th place 1st team SACS Tournament (did not make the quar ter- nals) 1st team Nor thwood Stayers’Tournament 1st place U15Wynberg tournament 12th place U14 Rondebosch Tournament 4th place U14 Hilton Tournament 9th place Top 10 Tournament Kearsney’s U14A, U15A and 1st teams competed in the annual Top 10 schools water polo tournament. Kearsney has been investing time into their respective age groups over the past two years and has seen signi cant improvement. 1st team - 3rd place U15A - 3rd place U14A - 4th place Kearsney nished in 3rd place overall behind Clifton 2nd and Hilton 1st, which is the highest overall placing for Kearsney since 2016. Northwood Knights Tournament Kearsney 1st water polo team won the Nor thwood Knights Stayers Tournament over the half-term weekend. Results: vs Maritzburg College won 17-1; vs Glenwood won 18-3; vs Nor thwood won 13-6; Quar ter- nal: Kearsney beat Reddam House Helderfontein (7-1) Semi- nal: Kearsney beat Clifton 8-7 (on penalties) Final: Kearsney beat Westville Boys’ High 8-6 Congratulations to our U14A water polo team for nishing 2nd in the Nor thwood U14 Tournament. Results: vs Westville Boys’ High won 7-3; vs Michaelhouse won 6-1; vs Hilton College lost 1-4; vs Maritzburg College won 8-2; vs Clifton College won 7-4; vs Nor thwood won 5-1; vs DHS won 11-0; vs Glenwood won 7-1; vs Hilton ( nal) lost 2-8. 100+ caps The following water polo players have represented the Kearsney 1st team over the last few years, and we would like to recognise them for their dedication and commitment to their spor t.These players have played over 100 xtures for their school. James Francke - 147 Caps Blake Kruger - 132 Caps David Pohl - 127 Caps Ryan Sim - 126 Caps James Pohl - 105 Caps Luca Sandri - 101 caps Rober t Smith - 101 caps Guy Rober ts -100 Caps Thomas Gowin - 100 Caps James Francke has earned 147 1st team caps matches against KES,Waterkloof and St John’s College. On the nal day the boys played against Af es in a T20. Af es won a favourable toss, where the overnight rain played its par t, and sent us in to bat. Af es won comprehensively, by 7 wickets. MichaelmasWeek Highlights: Hayden Bishop 67 against KES, 72 not out against Waterkloof Sandiswa Yeni ended with career-best gures of 6 for 40 against Waterkloof Michael de Beer 52 not out against Waterkloof MurrayWeyer 4 for 46 vs St John’s College Ross Coetzee 95 not out against St John’s Adam Zeiler 57 not out against St John’s The opening day of Term 4 saw a triangular hosted by Hilton. Hilton batted rst and we restricted them to 118/9. Bishop andVeenstra then knocked off the runs with ease to complete a resounding 9-wicket victory. Having to play directly after that match in sweltering conditions played its par t against St Charles where we didn’t bowl or eld well enough.We lost to the better team by 29 runs. A disappointing home defeat to Michaelhouse followed before a solid 4-wicket win over DHS where DylanWiggett took 2 wickets and made 53 runs. A 9-wicket win over Nor thwood followed. Overall, this has been a remarkable season of which everyone involved in the 1st XI can be immensely proud. Kearsney Batting Record Congratulations to Hayden Bishop who broke the school’s batting record for the most runs in a calendar year. He passed the previous highest of 1237 runs against Waterkloof on 01 October at Michaelmas week with a knock of 72 not out. With one game to play in the season, Hayden has accumulated 1,414 runs in the calendar year, at an incredible average of 54,5. Congratulations on making history Hayden! St John’s (Harare) Ram Slam T20 - Champions! U15 team