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Monday, 06 June 2011 14:36

Northwood v Kearsney: Founders Day- Rugby, Hockey & Tennis

Giant Killer Northwood hosted Kearsney College on the 4th of June on their Founders Day and in front of good crowds the boys from both school embraced the day with some exciting sport.

northwoodNorthwood who have beaten Michaelhouse and Glenwood on the rugby field where confident of taking another scalp but sadly fell away at the end.



Northwood hosted Kearsney on their Founders Day in an anticipated hard and physical encounter, with the visitors going home victorious.  The final score was 21-8.

Kearsney dominated possession and territorially in the first half but did not always capitalize on presented opportunities.

James Lambert opened the scoring with two penalties in the first 15 minutes.  Matthew Reece-Edwards then produced a 40m run from a break around the tail of a lineout.  When he was stopped a few meters short of the try line, he managed to put lock Chad Myburgh over for an unconverted try.

Northwood pushed hard for the last five minutes, but the Kearsney defence was resolute and absorbed the pressure to take a halftime lead of 11 - 0.

Kearsney started the second half in the same fashion as the first, and before long Lambert added another penalty for a 14 - 0 score line.

Northwood applied good pressure from the kick off and soon afterwards scrumhalf Simon slotted a drop goal. The remainder of the match was very much a forward-orientated affair with very little backline movement.

The Northwood tactics were however matched with the Kearsney pack playing and defending brilliantly around the fringes.


Kearsney was awarded a penalty after sustained pressure play.  A quick tap and driving by Brendan Clements lead to the ball being passed down the line, with Declan Ahern scoring down the right touchline.  Lambert converted to take a 21- 3 lead.

Kearsney dominated for the rest of the game, except when a kick was charged down and scrumhalf Simon scored an unconverted try.

The match that will be remembered for Northwood's courageous defence, but for missed opportunities by Kearsney.



In a match that was billed as the main event before the weekend, the match lived up to all expectations.   The crowd were treated to a very exciting game that went all the way down to the wire, with both sides giving it their all, and Kearsneyemerging the eventual winners 3-2.

Hosts Northwood were evenly matched with Kearsney, and both defended nervously.

Kearsney were first to open their score sheet, when a moment of fantastic individual skill by Ryan Schmitz led to a field goal from an acute angle.

It was not long after this that Northwood pounced on a loose ball in the circle and left keeper Lloyd Rennie with no chance of a save.

A few minutes before half time a good team effort allowed Ryan Hawke an opportunity to convert an easy chance to give Kearsney the lead once again.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first, this time Northwood's David Baine pounced on a longball that Kearsney were unable to deal with.  He ran the length of the half, coolly rounding the keeper to place the ball in the back of the net.


This seemed to put extra spark into the game and Kearsney were awarded a penalty stroke as a Northwood defender cleared the ball off the line with his body.   Ryan Schmitz converted and gave Kearsney the lead once again.

Midway through the second half, Kearsney thought that they had converted a short corner, but the umpires deemed it not so.


Both sides continued to attack.  It was a player short Northwood side that put Kearsney under some pressure for the remainder of the half.

In the dying seconds of the game, Northwood were awarded a short corner and came agonizingly close when they hit the post on the rebound off the first shot.




Kearsney had a successful tennis fixture against Northwood, with the 1st team winning 8-1; 2nd team 8-1 and 3rd 7-2.

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