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Monday, 19 January 2015 10:08

Water Polo: DHS Coach Fights to Stay in the Sport

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.

File Water polo During a match played against DHS Old Boys and the Clifton Mackerels and refereed by Glenwood Head Coach Steve la Marque, an incident got so out of hand that match had to be abandoned with parents and coaches weighing in with insults.

According to the Coach of DHS, Jean le Roux, his team although called “DHS Old Boys” consisted mainly of schoolboy players and were not yet physically mature enough to stand up to the very physical play of the older Clifton Mackerel players.

During the match Jean le Roux noticed a Clifton player in his mid-twenties in several altercations with his younger players. This included kicking, chocking and punching. Feeling that the referee, Glenwood coach Steve la Marque had “lost control” he jumped into the pool and punched the Clifton player twice.

The event has left the coach of DHS Jean le Roux suspended which effectively will see him missing the entire league season.

As reported in the Mercury, le Roux mentioned that, “the disciplinary committee consists of coaches and parents from our immediate competitors and it is in their interests that I be removed as coach or that DHS’s participation in the league be hampered as much as possible.”

Jean le Roux, has now launched an urgent application in the Durban High Court to overturn the decision made by KZN Aquatics to suspend him pending the outcome of the disciplinary inquiry for violent behaviour. Le Roux alleges that the suspension is unfair as it would preclude him from playing or coaching at league or provincial level and believes that the head coach of Glenwood could be behind getting him out of the way to eliminate the competition.

“I have built a young and mostly successful First DHS Team who managed to draw against Clifton in their last match. I believe that if it were not for DHS’s success under my coaching, this matter would have been resolved long ago,” le Roux said.

This now leaves water polo in KwaZulu-Natal in an interesting situation. Clifton who have dominated the sport in the country for the past few seasons have lost several of their key players and the likes of DHS and Glenwood now suddenly have an opportunity to take hold of the number one spot in the province.

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