Glenwood , DHS and Clifton seem locked in a bitter feud following an incident involving key members of all three teams and coaching staff that has brought school water polo under the spot light for all the wrong reasons.
It is a rare feat for a school athlete to be selected for the national senior side and but every so often a sensational talent comes along and rewrites the records books.
The KZN Top 10 came to a conclusion yesterday with the Glenwood junior teams performing exceptionally well.
For the 1st team it was a nightmare come true with their Goalkeeper withdrawing at the 11th hour as a result of a debilitating virus. His replacement too was unavailable due to a family tragedy and the third replacement had a broken hand. As such the team relied on the U15B Goalkeeper as well as a player to fulfil the role. Both players gave 100% effort.
The U15A team performed extremely well. In their final pool match against Clifton, the team played their best water polo with Clifton snatching a draw in the dying moments of the game. The boys then had to play DHS two hours later and although we had a 3-0 lead, the physical demands of the Clifton game took its toll and the boys weren’t able to maintain this lead and lost 4-7. In the end the team finished third overall, a superb result.
The U14A team too had a brilliant tournament. The boys played exceptional water polo and deserved their place in the final. However they were very unlucky. They led for the entire match only to be beaten by an unfortunate goal in the end.
Glenwood finished in 2nd placed in the overall standings behind Clifton, the highest position we have attained since the inception of the KZN Top 10.
Clifton Sink Westville Boy's
The Clifton First Water Polo Team came out on top in Monday 11th of February fixture against Westville Boys’ at the Clifton Aquatic Centre. The boys started off well, ensuring a 5-2 lead over their Westville counterparts by the end of the first chukka. The team played hard and managed to maintain their lead for the remainder of the game, through consistent effort at keeping possession, and taking every opportunity to attack. Clifton ended on a triumphant 18-3 and now set their sights on this weekend’s Pretoria Boys’ Festival followed by the St Andrews Festival in Grahamstown from 22-24 February. Pictured here are the Clifton First Water Polo Squad after their game this evening.
16 of South Africa’s to water polo schools take part in the annual Clifton College Water Polo Tournament which will play out from 21-23 September.
Eighty games had been played by the time the whistle was blown to end the day's proceedings on the second day of the SACS Waterpolo tournament and St. Johns College have emerged as the clear favorites to claim the title with one more day to go.
The game of water polo originated as a form of rugby football played in rivers and lakes in England and Scotland with a ball constructed of Indian rubber. This "water rugby" came to be called "water polo" based on the English pronunciation of the Balti word for ball, pulu. Men's water polo at the Olympics was among the first team sports introduced at the 1900 games, along with cricket, rugby, football (soccer), polo (with horses), rowing, and tug of war. However woman had to wait 100 years before they would compete in this sport at the Olympics when for the first time water polo became an Olympic sport for woman at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Clifton College’s water polo programme started in 2004 with an U14 group. Clifton celebrated the completion of the Aquatics Centre in 2005 by hosting the inaugural Clifton Water polo Tournament which attracts the top playing water polo schools within South Africa.