The new look Blues (St Andrew’s College 1st water polo team), had an impressive start to their 2018 water polo season. With a comfortable but slow 10-0 win against Kingswood 1st team on Thursday, the College team headed to Port Elizabeth to test their metal, at the Grey High school Quadrangular.
First up was a tricky Pearson outfit, from the first whistle the College team showed attacking intent. Forcing the Pearson keeper into saves left, right and center. Not to be out done the Pearson team started to apply their own pressure but were met by an inform Nicholas Sutherland, who was almost acrobatic around the goals. Going into the last chukka the College team led 6-2 and took there foot off the pedal and eventually ran out narrow 7-6 victors.
Next up was the inform Selborne 1st team, the match was evenly posed at half time with the scores being level 5 all. The College boys pushed in the final 2 chukkas, to run away with a good 10-7 win.
Paul Roos Gymnasium, from Stellenbosch, was the teams next opponents and they proved to be an extremely physical and skilled side. The Blues worked hard and played some scintillating water polo to win 10-6.
In the final match of the day, St Andrews came up against the countries 5th ranked side, Grey High School. The college team started slow and allowed Grey to score some easy counter attack goals. But as the game progressed the Blues grew in confidence and started to claw their way back into the game. However St Andrew’s eventually lost an enthralling match 9-8. The team played some outstanding water polo and congratulations must go to Andrew Ramsden and his men for being true ambassadors for St Andrews College.