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Sports News www.kearsney.com Sports News 15 Basketball Independent Schools Stayers’ Tournament Kearsney hosted the 10th Edition of the Independent Schools Stayers’ Tournament over the Heritage Day long weekend.The tournament kicks off the 2023/2024 basketball season. For ty-eight teams par ticipated in three divisions, with schools from Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, KZN, Swaziland, and Mozambique taking place. It was evident from the standard of play that some of the best schools' basketball programmes were in action.The action was fast and furious, with the standard of this year's tournament being very high, with many close and competitive games.There were arguably six teams which could have won the tournament but that distinction fell to St Benedict’s from Johannesburg, who were deserving winners of the A division nal, claiming the championship for the rst time in their ten years of par ticipation. St Stithians College ran out winners in the B division in a closely fought nal with Michaelhouse. St Peter’s Prep School won the primary school division, which Highbury Prep School co-hosted. Kearsney had two teams par ticipating.The 1st Team nished a credible eighth out of twenty an improvement over the last two years.The Kearsney invitation team nished four th out of 16 schools in the B division, losing out on the bronze medal in a pulsating over time game. Kearsney Invitation Tournament Kearsney hosted a second Tournament - the Kearsney Invitation Basketball Tournament, over the second weekend of the holidays. This basketball tournament has begun gaining traction and ten of the country's top basketball-playing government schools from around the country par ticipated.The basketball was of a high standard, with competitive games being played over the three days. After ghting their way out of the pool rounds, four KZN high schools - Nor thwood, DHS, Maritzburg College, and Kearsney - made it to the semi- nals. Maritzburg College and Nor thwood eventually contested the nal. The dominant Nor thwood team overcame a valiant effor t by Maritzburg College to win an enthralling tournament nal. Term 4 Basketball Season Kearsney elded up to 23 teams on weekends, which is the biggest number of teams elded since the inception of basketball as a spor t at the College.The games have been of a high standard, and the boys competed ercely. Two additional cour ts have been constructed on Hopkins Field which has eased the congestion at practices and allowed more teams to have access to practice venues, which will bene t the spor t in the long term. The future of basketball is looking bright as the U14As placed second at the Michaelhouse U14 Tournament, losing by one point to Hilton College in the nals. The U14Bs nished in 5th place above several schools’ A teams and did the College proud.The U15As par ticipated in the Home Turf Hoops U15 Invitational hosted by Nor thwood and beat the hosts to emerge as the tournament champions going unbeaten throughout the tournament. Kearsney is for tunate to have dedicated and enthusiastic staff members to coach and manage the boys at these events. Squash tour to Pretoria The 1st Squash Team travelled to the Menlo Park Stayers’ Festival in Pretoria in October. The boys enjoyed some challenging xtures against upcountry competition. Keagan Coetzee is commended on being unbeaten through the festival. We achieved the following results: Beat the Egoli Gold Development Academy 5-1 Beat St Stithians 5-1 Lost to Menlo Park 4-2 Lost to Pretoria Boys High 4-2 Glencairn Trail Run A group of Kearsney cross country runners took on the Glencairn Trail Run. Day one was eight kilometres, and day two 10km. Luke Treleaven nished rst, Nathan Foster second, Andrew James third and Keaton Gaines fth. Exceptional Triathlon Successes Nathan Foster took par t in twoWorld Cup Triathlon events in Mauritius in September.The rst was the African Triathlon Sprint Championships, in the U19 category where Nathan nished 3rd behind two Frenchmen. The second event was the Mauritius International Triathlon in the elite men’s category, which is open to professional athletes. Nathan is to be congratulated on his 7th-place nish. Nathan is ranked #2 U19 triathlete in Africa. Canoeing Report by Mr Steve Main, MIC Canoeing. Canoeing has continued to develop, and regular training has taken place at our new home venue - Inanda Dam. Upgraded boat racks erected at the dam, signi cantly improved access and storage of boats. The team members receive regular motivation and input from Old Boys, Callam Davis (SA K1 1000m champion) and Andrew Sebire. Such oppor tunities have allowed beginner paddlers to develop the correct techniques from the star t and to match themselves against the best paddlers in the country. This term, the 2023 Inter-school season was concluded with the nal enduro event on the upper Umgeni River.The team of Rory Treleaven and Raine Scoular nished in 5th place overall and they were placed rst in the U16 category. In the individual U16 age-group competition, Raine Scoular nished in 5th place and Rory Treleaven in 6th.These excellent results, and some promising U14 paddlers, who are making rapid progress, are key indicators that Kearsney will continue to be extremely competitive next year. Kearsney nished 4th overall in the 2023 Inter-schools’ League, just missing out on a podium nish by 9 points. Fish River Canoe Marathon Outside of the school races, another signi cant highlight must be Rory Treleaven completing his second Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock. Rory (driving) teamed up with his father Ross in a K2 for the 2023 edition, having completed the 2023 race in a K3. Rory and Ross nished in 87th place overall and 76th in the K2 category. Mountain Biking Congratulations to Kearsney’s Liam Oets for his sixth place in theYouth Men’s Category of the 2023 SA Mountain Bike Enduro Championships held at the Cascades, Pietermaritzburg in October. The competition was held over ve stages, involving uphill pedaling and racing for the fastest downhill time. Fish River Canoe Marathon - Rory Treleaven and his father, Ross KZN Clay Target Shooting Harry Hughes (Grade 8) has been awarded KZN colours for Clay Target Shooting and will par ticipate at the Chairman’s Cup in the NSSA Skeet discipline in Polokwane. SA Schools Golf Tournament Reece Brown (left) and Matthew Gouws competed in the SA Schools Golf Tournament at Irene Country Club during the October holidays. Reece was par t of the KZN A-Team, which nished 2nd, and in the individual standings, Reece nished a creditable tie 14th. Matthew Gouws was a member of the KZN B Team, which nished 4th, with Matthew nishing tied 28th. Congratulations to both players. Reabetswe Sithole