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Hard work pays off early for Kelsey boys

Kelsey’s Saxon Ashbee, a Grade 11 player, carries the ball into a crowd against Port Alberni. - Kelly McLaughlin
Kelsey’s Saxon Ashbee, a Grade 11 player, carries the ball into a crowd against Port Alberni.
— image credit: Kelly McLaughlin

The Frances Kelsey AA senior boys’ rugby team started the season with a bang by beating Brentwood College for the first time in school history.

Kelsey was leading at the half through some great play by both the forwards and backs.

Brentwood brought out some strong players for the second half and scored twice in rapid succession, but the Kelsey boys recovered for a strong finish in the 29-15 win. Strong performances were turned in by outside centre Jed Leech and No. 8 Karl Mattison, a Grade 10 student who romped for four tries.

The Kelsey boys have been working extremely hard and the win was a great payoff.

The team then went into its first home game of the season and lost 34-22 to Port Alberni AAA. Kelsey started the match with seven junior players and Port Alberni’s No. 8 Luke Bradley dominated play as Alberni opened a 19-0 lead.

Kelsey eventually found its groove, with Taylor Martin and Masaru Evans scoring tries to make the game closer but time ran out as the boys were gaining momentum.

“I thought that we had a bad start, but I liked the way we kept battling away and eventually started to make some nice hits and expose their weaknesses towards the end,’’ noted Tom Fogarty, assistant to  head coach Craig Schmidt. “We will benefit tremendously from this game in terms of learning and developing our strengths and abilities as a squad.’’

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