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St Stithians Girls' College win the Old Mutual Roedean Prestige Cup for the third time in a row and use money towards Learn-to-Swim programme

 

28 of Southern Africa’s top water polo schools took part in the St Peter’s College Old Petrian’s U19 Girls Water Polo Tournament last week which once again delivered on excitement and passion.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 18:10

Boy's Water Polo Rankings: 6/03/2018

The long awaited KES Water Polo Tournament was the main event last week which saw several of the country’s top polo teams in action.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:12

Boy's Water Polo Rankings: 28/02/2018

St John’s College hits the front on this week’s SA School Sports Top 30 Rankings which is a good reward for a side that has played some enterprising Water Polo and rarely been tested so far this season.

Final day of the Old/Mutual Roedean Prestige Cup

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:28

Boy's Water Polo Rankings: 21/02/2018

St John’s College leap up the table after some excellent results of late and there are signs that the JHB powerhouse has found their form of a season or two back and will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018.

A solid showing by Roedean at Old Mutual Prestige Cup has helped to launch their season and they are well placed in the top three for this week’s rankings.

Monday, 19 February 2018 09:46

Water Polo: St Andrews Take the Vides Title

The St Andrew’s 1st water polo team won the Vides water polo tournament for the fifth time in the tournament history. The Vides tournament was hosted by Selborne College in East London from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:11

Boy's Water Polo Rankings: 16/02/2018

This Week’s SA School Sports Water Polo Rankings for this week has St. Stithians out in front although there is still a whole lot of water polo to be played.

In the early exchanges in this year water polo encounters three teams have risen to the top and they are the three teams who finished last year’s season in the top three.

Rondebosch continue where they ended off in 2017 and have immediately hit the front of this year’s SA School Sports Rankings.

Rondebosch and Glenwood both recorded good wins last week which keeps them still at the top of the SA School Sports Rankings for this week with Selborne College remaining in the top three.

The St.Stithians team have been in brilliant form right through the 2017 season and it comes as little surprise that they remain the No.1 ranked team on this week’s SA School Sports Rankings.

Living up to their tag as the leading team in South Africa, Rondebosch put on a display of winning water polo at the Saints Invitational Tournament where they fought their way to the final match.

Rondebosch continue to command the leading position on this week’s SA School Sports Top 40 Rankings although they were forced to share the spoils with a determined SACS team last week.

St Stithians became the first team from Gauteng to win the prestigious Reddam Tournament when they faced the hosts in the final which they won 7-5 in what goes down as one of the matches of the year.

For the second consecutive year the Rondebosch team lifted the Cup at the SACS Tournament where they brushed aside the hosts in the final 5-2 in what turned out to be a wonderful display from two formidable teams.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:24

Water Polo: Saints Continue to March On!

This St Stithians Girls’ College Water Polo “Dream” team have set new records by winning 9 GOLD MEDALS out of 12 tournaments they have played together. A silver medal and two 4th places complete the tally!

The 7th Season of the Old Mutual Roedean School Prestige Cup was launched on Saturday 16, 2017.

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.

 

In September, 2017, water polo players will, once again, do battle for the Old Mutual/Roedean School Prestige Cup.

St. Stithians have entrenched their place as the leading Water Polo team in the country at this stage of the season and sit just above Stirling in first place on the SA School Rankings for another week.

The Old Petrian’s Tournament produced some spectacular water polo which saw Stirling getting the better of Crawford in the Cup Final match. However St. Stithians are leading the SA School Rankings for this week with just two losses so far this year.

A young Glenwood team leads the SA School Sports Water Polo Rankings for this week after a stellar showing at the Pretoria Boys High Festival last week and remain unbeaten scoring heavily in all their matches so far this season.

There was plenty of Water polo played during the last week with the Grey College ITEC Tournament taking centre stage.

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