SAC Shield 2020
The Annual SAC shield tournament took place this past weekend. There were 12 team in the tournament with the top 4 teams from the St Stithians Stayers tournament participating.
The Blues started the tournament off with a good 7-3 win against Selborne and a 16-2 win against Stirling.
Day 2 proved to be slightly tougher and we have a narrow 3-1 loss to Reddam House Constantia and went down 8 – 7 to Clifton. Matt Hillary played his 200th game against Clifton, what an amazing achievement from the Blues Captain.
Day 3 started well with a solid performance against Pearson with the Blues winning 13-3.
We finished 3rd in our Pool and came up against SACS in the quarter finals. Unfortunately, we let in 2 easy goals and went down 5-3.
We played Hilton in what turned out to be a cracker of a game. The lead changed hands several times and Hilton manged to score on the hooter, to take the game into Penalties. The Blues lost in sudden death and had to play Selborne for 7th/8th place.
They finished well with a 9-5 victory, and we have hopefully learnt a few lessons along the way as we now prepare for Vides.
The semi-finals were closely contested between Reddam and SACS and Clifton and Bishops, both games finished with a one goal margin. Bishops played SACS in the final and Bishops won the SAC Shield 2020.
The Tournament proved to be a huge success and we are attracting the top teams from around the country, this is mainly due to the St Andrews Hospitality, so a big thank you to all involved from grounds staff to catering, referees to table officials, 1st Aid to the matrons who opened up their boarding houses to our visitors.
Pearson 2nd Team tournament
Over the weekend of 31 January until 2 February, the St Andrew’s College 2nd and 3rd water polo team participated in the annual Pearson 2nd Team tournament.
In the initial group stages both teams struggled to find continuity due to late team changes and were not able to put together more than a chukka of quality polo. However, by Saturday afternoon, both teams had become more familiar with each other and the intensity of the competition and produced some pleasing play and better results.
It was however a little bit too late to change the major position that they could achieve in the tournament and both teams ended up playing the knock out part of the tournament in the bottom half of the draw.
The third team had a pleasing win in their last game and ended up placing 11th overall while the second team beat Woodridge in a niggly game to secure 9th position.
The results are as follows:
Vs Grey lost 12-2
Vs Pearson lost 12-3
Vs St David’s Marist lost 11-2
Vs Paul Roos lost 15-2
Vs Saints Stithians lost 5-4
Vs SAC 2nds lost 6-4
Vs Pearson won 5-4
Vs Reddam lost 4-2
Vs Selborne lost 14-4
Vs Woodridge won 5-1
Vs Clifton lost 9-3
Vs Hilton lost 9-6
Vs SAC 3rds won 6-4
Vs Woodridge won 4-2
U15 Boys -GREY PE u15 Tournament
The U15A side participated in the Grey Tournament over the weekend.
In the pool section the results were.
Against Selbourne won 5-2
Grey B won 12-0
Pearson won 9-2
Grey Bloem Lost 2-3
Kingswood won 15-1
In QF against Wynberg Boys won 9 -5
In Semi lost to Paarl Roos 3-6
Beat Selborne 6-3 in playoff to end 3rd.
The boys are to be commended on their behaviour and high level of polo. They had to deal with some difficult decisions and news over the weekend, but they showed courage and grit and had to dig deep at times. This showed strength of character and required that they play well as a team, and they were up for the task.