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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.

The Water Polo season is in full swing and it is always exciting to see how the various teams will fare after losing some of their stars of last year.

A crunching 14-1 win by Rondebosch over Paul Roos Gym has cemented them at the top of the SA School Sports Water Polo rankings for this week with Bishops and Glenwood making a chase of it with their own victories over the weekend.

St Stithians enjoyed a wonderful home tournament which has helped them consolidate their status as one of the powerhouses in school water polo this year.

St Stithians hosted a highly successful Saints U18 Invitational Tournament last week which pitted some of the biggest names in SA Schools water polo against each other.

Rondebosch slugged it out with some of the finest teams in the country to set up a meeting with a strong Glenwood side in the Finals of the SAC Tournament. In a classic final Rondebosch showed their class as they edged out the KZN outfit to occupy the second slot in this week’s Rankings.

Stirling High turned up at the 2016 Co-Ed Tournament during the past week and simply blew the opposition away with a powerfully clinical display of water polo which has help keep them way out in front on the SA Schools Top 30 Rankings.

The biggest difference between water polo and most other team sports is that every player is constantly moving. Using the “eggbeater” motion of treading water, the six players and the goalie on each team must uphold the cardinal rule of water polo, which is to never touch the bottom of the pool with their feet.

The leading team in South Africa on this week’s SA School Sports Rankings is Clifton who has once again been in brilliant form in 2016.

Monday, 26 September 2016 10:58

Waterpolo: Results for this week: 25/09/2016

The waterpolo season has started with a mighty splash and teams from all around the country gathered to participate in some of the sports most high profile events over the weekend.

After a highly successful KES Water Polo Tournament which attracted the majority of the leading teams in the country, the SA Schools Top 40 Rankings has enjoyed some vigorous movement on the table.

It is a very tightly bunched top Ten this week on the SA Schools Rankings with St Johns College at the top after an unbeaten run of 11 matches..

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