The St Andrew’s College 1st water polo took part in the prestigious Clifton Water Polo Tournament for the first time.
First up was a match against Durban High School. DHS scored a few counterattack goals, but the Blues hung in and came from behind to score an equalizer with little time left on the clock, finishing 5-5.
Michaelhouse was up next, and they had come off a good win against St Albans. The Blues stuck to the game plan and came away with a 9-5 victory.
The game against St Albans would always be a tough encounter, and the scores were locked at 1-1 at half time. In the second half the Blues took control of the game and came away with a 4 – 1 victory.
The last Pool was against the unbeaten SACS team. Fortunately, the game didn’t affect our final position. SACS came out firing and scored 3 quick counterattack goals. The Blue couldn’t control the pace of the game and we went down 13-1. This placing us second in the Pool.
College progressed to the next round and came up against a strong St Stithians team, our third game of the day. The Blues played well and secured a well-deserved 6-3 victory to progress to the quarter-finals.
St John’s, who had topped their Pool and were unbeaten, were up next. The Blues adapted to the new strategy and frustrated the team from Joburg and were always in with a chance, however, St Johns took their opportunities and beat us 5-3. St Johns were the eventual winners of the tournament.
The Blues met Hilton for the 5to 8th positions. The Blues went down 5-4.
The last game was against SACS, considering they beat us 13-1 earlier, this was always going to be a tough fixture. The Blues played their hearts out and frustrated the SACS team right to the final whistle, unfortunately losing 7-4 and finished a credible 8th position.