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Water Polo news from St Andrew's College

MARCH 6, 2017
Water Polo news from St Andrew's College

1st team water polo tour to KES

The St Andrew College 1st team participated in the annual KES water polo tournament over the past weekend.

The team was put into an extremely challenging pool, as there first match was against defending champions Clifton from Durban. The match was evenly poised, with both teams trading goals at regular intervals. In the last chukka, Clifton scored 2 crucial goals in succession to put the game out of reach for the blues as Clifton eventually won 8-6. The teams 2nd match was against the number 1 ranked team in the country, Rondebosch. The blues fought valiantly and were gallant opposition but the Rondebosch team were to strong and won the match 9-5. In the last pool game, the team dually beat Parktown 11-2 and moved into the plate section of the tournament. In the first match of this section, the Blues with very little impotence, were challenged by Durban Boys High School but eventually Andrew van Vuuren sealed the deal as the Blues won 8-7.

Next up was St John’s College from Johannesburg, spurred on by their local supporters, they were always going to be tough adversaries. The match was played at a high tempo and was a very entertaining game which ended in a 3 all draw. Onto a penalty shoot-out where Andrew van Vuuren, Jack Emary and Wesley Williams calmly slotted there goals and Jason Brown came to the rescue saving a crucial penalty to win the Blues the game.

Into the Plate final, where we were to meet a very physical Pretoria Boys 1st team. From the first whistle the College boys were in control of the match and won the match 8-4.

The team played some outstanding water polo throughout the tournament and can be proud of their camaraderie. At the conclusion of the tournament, a selection panel chooses what they believe to be the best 13 players at the tournament. Congratulations must go to Andrew van Vuuren for being selected into this tournament team.

Kingswood U15 Water Polo Tournament:

The U15A and U14A water polo teams participated in the annual Kingswood College U15 Tournament this past weekend.

Both sides played 5 pool matches, with varying degrees of success. 

The U15A side beat Pearson U15B 13-1, Woodridge U15A 14-2, lost to Grey 1-4, lost to the Eastern Province Senior Ladies team 1-6, but beat Graeme College 14-0 in their pool games. This meant that they would play Pearson U15A in the semi final. Unfortunately, the team did not play with enough intensity and lost 1-6. This meant they ended tied 3rd place.

The U14A side played some outstanding polo. They being the youngest team there managed to beat hosts Kingswood U15A 7-3 and Selborne U15B 6-0, the then scored a goal in the last 10 seconds to draw with Grey U15B 2-2, in a very exciting match. Unfortunately the opposition in their final pool matches was just too strong and the U14s lost to Pearson U15A 0-6 and Alexander Road U15A 2-6. This meant they ended their pool in 3rd place and played Pearson U15B and won that match 6-0 to be placed 5th over all out of 12 teams.