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The long awaited FNB Financial Wellness Super 12 Tournament hosted by Oranje Meisies took place last week with the top teams from all around South Africa taking part in what proved to be a massively successful event.

Hockey 5’s is a new international hockey format that was introduced by the FIH (Federation of International Hockey) to grow the excitement and exposure of the sport by offering a fast-paced, high-intensity equivalent of the game.

 

Grey College set about trying one last effort to reclaim the number one position on the First XV Belgotex Top 100 Rankings for 2017 with a devastating display against one of the powerhouses of KZN rugby, Glenwood.

Some of the teams will be on display for the final time in 2017 and there is still plenty of big matches planned for this weekend.

The St Stithians Girls’ College water polo team ended off their most successful season to date by dominating in virtually all their encounters against some of the best teams in South Africa.

By winning the Reef Cup (Gauteng Championships) 2017 they managed to beat their local rivals, St Mary’s 7 – 4 in the final. The team currently holds a record 6 gold medals since August 2016. These are as follows:

  • Clarendon National Water Polo Tournament 2016 – Gold 
  • Saints Stayers National Water Polo Tournament 2016 – Gold
  • National Aquatics 2017 – Gold
  • Summer Splash 2017 – Gold
  • Old Mutual Prestige Cup 2017 – Gold
  • Reef Cup 2017 – Gold

The water polo first team also won the National Aquatics Water Polo Championship trophy for the third time, having won it in 2010 and 2011. The event was held in Pretoria this year and featured some of the top aquatics schools in the country.

St Stithians Girls’ College now hold every major water polo title in South Africa except the Old Petrians Water Polo Tournament – where they drew 2-2 to eventual winners Sterling in the semi-finals and then lost in the penalty shootout – and the Reddam National Tournament that takes place in September 2017.

The girls have held on to their number 1 ranking in South Africa on  SA Schools Sports National Rankings.

Said Mr. Pierre Le Roux, Master-In-Charge of water polo, first water polo coach at the Girls' College and the South African’s Men’s Team Captain, at the end of the last season:

“The girls’ have put in an incredible amount of effort this season. We set ourselves some high goals early in the season and a lot of sacrifice was made to try achieve them. I am incredibly proud of what these girls have already achieved but I do believe the best is still to come.”

The team is looking forward to another brilliant season. In the off-season the players have honed their skills with practice and some competitions. Bianca Prinsloo, of the first water polo team, competed in the EU Nations Cup, hosted by the Czech Republic after a training camp in Hungary. Prinsloo represented the South African Senior Women’s' water polo team. 

Other national representation:

Leila Fernandes and Kate Hinrichs were selected for the South African U17 A-Team

Una-Kelly Donnelly and Cassidy Hanna were selected for the South African U17 B-Team

Bianca Prinsloo was selected for the South African U18 A Team and the South African Women’s Team

The students are not the only ones who have been busy representing Gauteng and South Africa. Mr Pierre Le Roux is the captain of the South African men's water polo team. He was selected for the team at age 16, and represented his country for the first time at age 17, making him the youngest Springbok Water Polo Player ever and he has been a member of the National team since 2003.

His career of over 14 years playing, 8 years as captain, and over 100 caps for his country, is another South African record.

Le Roux has also coached Water Polo since he left school winning numerous national titles across multiple age groups. Le Roux has also spent a year playing water polo for NCA Angrien in France. Le Roux has also coached several provincial teams for Gauteng and is a qualified FINA Referee. He has won 3 silver medals to date for Gauteng as a provincial coach.

The water polo first team are not the only St Stithians players to get top honors at the National Aquatics Championships: the diving team obtained first place in the U15 and U16 section and ended up 3rd overall.

Bailey Davenport (a Grade 8 student and provincial diver) competed in the U15 diving competition and won Gold. Bailey Heydra (a Grade 8 student and provincial diver) competed in the U16 diving competition and also won Gold.

 

The future for St.Stithian's aquatics looks very healthy and we can expect Saints to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

The Outeniqua machine kept things tight in their match against Framesby and although they were given a few scares, held on to the win and remain firmly entrenched at the top of the U15 Belgotex Sports Top 100 Rankings.

Paul Roos Gym still command the top of the U16 Belgotex Sports Top 100 Rankings for this week as we draw to the end of the 2017 season in what has been a very tightly contested few months.

It simply doesn’t get bigger in the world of school rugby than the annual derby between Paarl Boys High and Paarl Gim.

Some of the biggest matches in world school rugby are on show this weekend including the biggest of them all- Paarl Boys High vs Paarl Gim! 

There is not much change on this week’s Girls Belgotex Sports Top 70 Rankings with the top 10 virtually unchanged as we wait with great anticipation for the big show down at the Oranje Meisies Super 12 Tournament.