Kearsney College’s 1st water polo team were hosted by St Charles College on Saturday and started with a pressure defence to try to force St Charles into making mistakes.
Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: First team vice-captain Nic Baines leaves Kearsney with 100 caps.
Kearsney were rewarded almost immediately with a counter-attack goal.
That became the pattern for the rest of the chukka, with Kearsney scoring 6 goals with no reply.
In the 2nd chukka St Charles were more careful on their attack and made Kearsney work harder on defence.
Still the Kearsney counter attack was too quick and their shooting too accurate for St Charles and they scored another five goals in the 2nd chukka.
Kearsney showed their mental and physical fitness by completely dominating the 3rd chukka, scoring well-worked team goals on every attack, to take the score to 19-0.
The 4th chukka was a little scrappy, with Kearsney being impatient and making a few mistakes, allowing St Charles to score their first goal of the game.
Kearsney were still far stronger, though, and scored another 4in reply, with Ox Carmody rounding off his tally of 6 goals in the game.
The final score of 23-1 was a fitting end to the stellar school careers of captain Taine Buys and vice-captain Nic Baines, who both earned 100 1st team caps and have been exemplary players for Kearsney.