Although not part of the interschool, St Kevin’s College could have been forgiven for thinking they had struck first blood against Waitaki with an 8-3 victory in the Canoe Polo match on Tuesday night.
Both teams started positively, but in the end it was the strength and ability to make space which proved the difference for the St Kevin’s side.
Both sides came out with the intent of scoring goals, but a staunch defence from both teams meant a slight altering of the game plans.
SKC were strong on attack and pounced on any loose pass, but Waitaki continued to hold their own and managed some promising stops to keep the scoreline respectable.
Waitaki Boys’ High School opened the scoring through some great passing into space, but from there on, St Kevin’s took control.
With the score at 5-1 at half-time, it looked as though the score would reach double figures, but WBHS defended stoutly in the second half and kept their opponents to three goals while netting two themselves.
The interschool begins on Friday, with various sports teams competing, before the blood match at Whitestone Contracting Stadium at 1:30pm.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
SHOOT: Caleb McIntosh from WBHS looks towards goal in the Canoe Polo match between St Kevin’s and Waitaki Boys’.