Early on Thursday morning last week, the U14A water polo team set off by bus to participate in the annual ITEC Grey College Bloemfontein Tournament. The boys were naturally excited as they were going to test their skills against some of the top polo schools in the country.
In our 4 pool matches we beat St John’s 4-3 and Pearson 3-1, drew 3 all with hosts Grey College and lost 2-4 to Paul Roos Gymnasium. This meant we ended second in our pool and had to face the much fancied Reddam House, in our quarter-final encounter. The boys tried hard but were well beaten 3-8 by the eventual tournament winners.
This left the U14As, with two further matches, to determine their final placing. They met arch-rivals Grey High School and played some superb polo to end the game at 4 all. Unfortunately the team lost the dreaded penalty shoot. In the sides final encounter at the tournament they played Clifton College and again managed to draw the game, this time, 3 all. Both sides shared 7th spot at the tournament.
All in all the boys learnt much from this Bloemfontein experience. They need to keep working hard at their skills and raise their level of play if they want to be more successful in the future.
The team were a pleasure to take away, even though some of the music played on the bus trip left much to be desired!