The Water Polo Club had a busy weekend with the u14 and u15 teams travelling to Cape Town and the 1st team travelling to Durban, while the 2nd, 3rd and Junior teams played at Kingswood.
All the teams were going to struggle due to the lack of pool time and preparation, but they all acquitted themselves well.
The 2nd team had a good outing on Saturday, drawing with Kingswood 1st 4-all and beating Woodridge 1st team 3–2.
The 3rd Team can be commended for their effort as they have not had an official practise yet. They went down to Pearson 1st team and Kingswood 1st team ladies. The lack of game time and fitness definitely showed.
The Junior Team was a mixture of grade 8, 9 and 10 boys, most of whom have not been in the water yet. They had three narrow losses to Kingswood U15A, Merrifield and Pearson U15A.
The U14A team played 9 pool games with a mixed set of results. They got knocked out of the plate section by Warriors, a club team from Cape Town, but went on to win the Shield Final. Chris Coltham was named St Andrew’s’ man of the tournament. The players must be commended for their positive attitude throughout the weekend despite the cold and difficult weather conditions.
The U15A team played 5 pool games, most of which they narrowly lost by 1 goal. They went on to beat St John’s in their playoff game and then lost to Maritzburg College. The highlight of the tournament is that they bounced back from a 5–4 loss in the Pool games to Jeppe to beat them 4–2 in their Final game of the tournament.
The 1st Team started the tournament with two well fought wins against Reddam and Maritzburg but were beaten in the last pool game by a fitter and stronger Hilton team. They had a playoff game against Glenwood to qualify for the quarter finals, which was a comfortable win in the end. The next three games were going to be a tough ask as the other teams play throughout winter and were fit and game ready. We lost to Clifton, Kearsney and Westville to finish a credible 8th position.
Congratulations to Daniel Hickey who played in his 100th cap for the Blues against Clifton. A big thank you must go to all the Matrics for their contribution to St Andrew’s Water Polo over the past five years.
A big thank you to all the coaches and manager who gave up their time this weekend, your sacrifices are appreciated. I look forward to seeing Water Polo go from strength to strength as we get into the season with full training sessions and games.