​U19A Stayers Tournament 22-23 October

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waterpolo1Somerset College hosted their first tournament this past weekend. The format of this tournament was that of a round-robin in which 9 school teams played 8 matches over 2 days – a gruelling but exciting challenge for all teams!

On day one, Wynberg brought the gees and earned our first victory when we beat the home side 4-2. The winning run continued as our confidence was flying high, and we beat Rhenish 6-0, resulting in a clean sheet for both goalkeepers, Megan De Beer and Britt Gutuza, which was a real positive for them!

The next game of the day was against a strong Herschel team, who were experienced enough to take advantage of a loss in concentration and confidence from our Wynberg team. We paid dearly for this, going down 8-0.

Thanks to some positive words and encouragement from our coach (Chad Gabriels) and manager (NF), we picked ourselves up to beat a strong Pearson side 5-1. This left us in third position on 9 points at the end of the day.

The penultimate day of Stayers saw us facing a tough game bright and early on Sunday morning against a Reddam invitational. The Goalies, along with the the Defence put up a great fight and showed a lot of heart. Although we suffered a 6-0 loss, the end result was still a great improvement on previous results against Reddam, and so we took heart from this and put all our effort into the next game, beating Rustenberg 5-3 in an exciting contest that had our Coach and Manager bursting with pride. That result took everything out of our girls, and we struggled against Springfield, losing 2-5 .

The last game of the day ended in a nail-biting victory against Bloemhof. They wanted the win just as badly as we did, as they too were trying to make a name for themselves at this tournament, but we managed to dig deep and fight for what we wanted. The result was a well-deserved 3-1 win, which gave us a total of 15 points and a 4th place finish, winning 5 out of the 8 matches.

 

As Head of Waterpolo and Captain of the First Team, I would like to congratulate all the girls who played this weekend and especially my girls for stepping up to the plate and showing the opposition that our team is a force to be reckoned with. The best part was the fact that we remained humble winners and gracious losers, maintaining respect for all involved at all times and wearing our uniforms with pride. My nomination for players of the tournament go to the entire team for going in as the underdogs and coming out victorious. Special thanks to Chad and Ms Faller for believing in us and supporting us.

 

I look forward to the future of Wynberg Waterpolo and we want to show everyone that there is more where that came from! Well done, ladies. Keep up the hard work, big hearts and positive attitudes.

Britt Gutuza