u19 Waterpolo Tournament at Reddam

On September 25th, 2016, posted in: Competition, Featured, News, Sport, Waterpolo by

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waterpolo1The u19 Team started the tournament knowing it was going to be a tough weekend ahead, as we had been placed in one of the toughest pools with 4 of the top 5 Water Polo girls’ schools in the country.

It was a great learning experience for our relatively young team and we played a strong game of polo and put up a fight.

We started bright and early on Friday morning with a tight match against St Peter’s College. Our team worked well under pressure and managed to score 5 goals and managed 10 extra man game situations. The final score was 15-5 to St Peter’s College.

Against Collegiate we went down 12-1 and against Reddam U19A we lost 19-0. Our final game in pool A was on Saturday against Durban Girls’ College, the top water polo school in the county. We played a great game with a good defensive plan and we managed to keep the score down to 11-0. Later that day we played the semi final for the shield against Bloemhof. We went on the offensive from the first quarter and achieved our first well deserved victory of the tournament, beating them 4 -2.

On Sunday morning we had an emotional game against Rodean: it was the last game of the tournament and the last game with our two matriculants.  Because we were unable to convert our many goal scoring opportunities to win the shield, we lost 6-1. We thank our two amazing matric players Lara Pollecutt and Kirsten Roodman for playing with us over this weekend. Special acknowledgment goes to our captain Kirsten Roodman who led by example and kept us smiling despite all of the tough games.

On behalf of the team, we would also like to give a special mention to Chad Gabriels – our coach. The past 3 months of training were not a walk in the park, and he was with us every step of the way, pushing and encouraging us to become better water polo players. He taught us how to work as a unit and play for each other as well as improving on our own abilities.

This weekend Wynberg played with heart and pride for their school and we will definitely be coming back next year to improve our ranking. Waterpolo trials for the new first team are taking place on Tuesday and thereafter a new team will be chosen and will begin training for our journey to success at the Somerset West tournament taking place in October. Lastly, a huge thanks to all the staff and learners who came to support us on Friday and Saturday.

Melissa Makinson and Maryam Adams