The u15 water polo team set off to Cape Town last week to compete in the Ian Melliar Tournament. En route, they played a warm-up/practice match against Glenwood House in George, which they managed to win 5-2.
At the tournament itself, there were no easy fixtures as this is the unofficial ranking tournament for u15 schools water polo teams in South Africa. Each team posed a serious threat and we experienced this in our opening encounter with a heavy loss to eventual winners Rondebosch. The team then went down bravely to both Clifton 7-4 and Selborne 6-4.
We managed to win our last Pool C match against the invitational side 8-2 and this paired us up against Paul Roos in the play-off match. We played our most consistent polo in this game and managed a fine 4-2 victory over the team from Stellenbosch.
Our final match of the tournament for 13th or 14th place, was against Pearson High School. After a bright start, we made some costly errors to allow our opponents to grab the lead, which they never relinquished. We eventually lost 3-2 and ended 14th out of 20.
It was a hugely beneficial experience for the boys in the team and we can be very proud of the growth made on this tour.