St Andrew’s College water polo team give sterling performance at PE tournament

FEBRUARY 9, 2016

St Andrew’s College U15A water polo team travelled to Port Elizabeth this past weekend to participate in the Grey High School U15 Water polo Tournament.

The team played some outstanding polo on day one beating Somerset College 7-2, Kingswood 15-1, Hudson Park 8-4, Alexander Road 11-1 and Grey Bloem 4-3. The team fought manfully against a strong Grey High team but eventually lost 6-9.

Onto the quarterfinals the team went where they faced a fancied Selborne outfit, where the team was out gunned from the first whistle, losing that match 11-1.

Moving onto a play-off match, the team rallied to beat Glenwood house 7-2 and earn themselves a shot at a bronze medal against an ever improving Pearson team. The St Andrew’s boys ended up losing the bronze medal match to Pearson by 5-3. 

The team ended up 4th out of 12 teams.

Jason Murray U14 Water Polo Tournament

The St Andrew’s College U14A water polo team headed out on their first tour for the school, when they attended the Jason Murray U14 Water Polo tournament hosted by Selborne College in East London. With only four weeks of training under their belts, the boys were nervous but seemed to manage their nerves with ease as they ran out comfortable winners in their first match 9-0 against Selborne U14B.

They then faced a stern test from the Selborne U13A team, where with 10 seconds to go Lloyd Koster broke down the middle of the pool to score an outstanding individual goal to win the match for his team 4-3.

The St Andrew’s boys then beat Grey U14B 5-0 and the faced a strong Selborne U14A team. With the hole of Selborne on the stands supporting there U14s, Selborne came out guns blazing and the moment was too big for the young College boys to handle and they lost that game 5-2.

The team progressed onto the quarterfinals where they trounced an out of sorts Port Rex team 9-0 with some outstanding water polo being played. On to the semi-finals were the team would play defending champions Grey High School.

It was an outstanding match from start to finish, with the more experienced Grey team leading 3-2 with two minutes to go. The St Andrew’s College boys were very impressive and showed with every week they are improving as a team. They ended up running out of steam and thus lost the match 5-2.

Going into the bronze medal match, the St Andrews U14s showed guts and determination to win the game 3-1.

Third out of 14 teams is a brilliant first showing for this young side and we are looking forward to big things from them in the future.