The tournament was bolstered by the inclusion of Durban High School and Bishops this year. The 1st team started off strong beating Stirling 16-4, Hudson 24-8, DHS 12-6 and then put together an outstanding display of water polo, to out manoeuvre a strong Bishops team 7-6. The team went straight through to the semi-finals finishing top of their pool. The Semi-final was against a physical St John’s Harare team, the St Andrew’s College boys traded blows with St John’s but eventually ran out winners 9-7 to progress to the final. The much anticipated final, was a rematch between Bishops and St Andrew’s in what was to be the best match of the tournament. Neither the Bishops team nor the Blues could stamp there authority on the game, as the lead swung back and forth. Both sides refused to give in and unfortunately the Blues ran out of time and could not find an equalizer. Thus losing the game 8-7. The Blues walked away with Silver Medals and a 2nd place finish.
The team showed huge courage throughout the tournament and they would like to thank the entire school for coming to support them. The team will have learnt a lot from this experience which will hold them in good stead for the rest of the season.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Heath Field, Wade Ackermann and Martin Kruger were named in the tournament team. Heath Field was named best attacker of the tournament and Martin Kruger was named best goal keeper of the tournament.
2nd Team Water Polo
The St Andrew’s College 2nd team took part in the St Andrew’s Plate Tournament over the weekend. The first day saw the 2nds take on Paarl boys with a 9-1 win, Queen’s College with a 19-2 win. The 2nds then faced their toughest game of day, Grey College 1st team, the 2nds played attractive water polo and came out tops beating their opponents 5-4. The last game of day 1 saw 2nds play Woodridge 1st team which ended in a 8-0 victory and put the 2nd team top of their pool and set them up for a quarter-final against Selborne 2B. The St Andrew’s College 2nds played to their strengths and came out 5-2 winners to set up a semi-final vs Selborne 2A. At the end of the first chukka the 2nds were down 3-1, from then on the team started their comeback by scoring first in the 2nd chukka and pushing the game into a 4 all draw. Unfortunately the College 2nds went down in a Penalty Shootout and thus were in the third quarter playoff vs Grey Bloem. The 2nds ended the tournament in a commendable 4th place.
A special mention must go out to all the college boys for their support throughout the tournament as well as to the 2nd team on a great tournament.