Boys’ Water Polo Report 2018
Pearson boys boasted with yet another successful water polo season. With the introduction of a new U16 age group to accommodate our growing numbers, it’s clear that Pearson is no longer growing into a water polo playing school but is already an established water polo playing school across the country.
Our U14s travelled to the Dave Pitcairn Tournament in Cape Town and our boys made us very proud competing against schools which play water polo in primary school. Our boys unfortunately lost their QF match and placed 8th overall in their first tournament representing Pearson. With our boys growing with every match they played, we did extremely well taking it to the next level and finished 4th overall out of 20 teams at the Jason Murray Water Polo Tournament.
After a long preseason and a few broken voices, our boys travelled to the Rondebosch, Eden Express and Grey College Water Polo Tournaments.
Many lessons were learnt and the highlight of the 2nd half of the season was our U14s losing the final of a U15 tournament in a penalty shoot-out, thus claiming the silver medal at the Eden Express U15 Water Polo Tournament. At the Grey College Tournament Camryn Edworthy, Julian Müller, Logan Hall and Divan Fourie were selected for an elite tournament team to travel to Malta next year.
We look forward to following such a talented team throughout 2019.
Our U15 team led by Connor Ackermann had yet another brilliant season. The team’s work ethic and attitude rubs off on each team member and our boys can be proud of yet another fruitful season for Pearson Polo. Throughout the season our boys played in the Grey High, Kingswood, Ian Melliar, Sterrenberg and Cup of Honour Water Polo Tournaments.
The season started off with a bang. Unfortunately, the team lost to Wynberg 6 – 5 in their Quarter-final, placing our team 5th overall out of 20 teams. At the Kingswood Tournament we lost our semi-final in a sudden death penalty shootout against St Andrew’s placing our boys 3rd overall and in the bronze medal position. The premier U15 tournament in South Africa is hosted by Wynberg which boasts the top 20 teams across the country. We beat Grey High School 2 – 1 in an exciting match to finish 11th overall. Connor Ackermann was voted the Most Valuable Player on 3 occasions and Dylan Willis on 2 occasions.
At the Sterrenberg Water Polo Tournament our boys placed 5th overall and Connor Ackermann narrowly missed out on being selected in the tournament team.
Our U15s attended the Cup of Honour and placed 10th overall losing to Grey College 9 – 8 in their play-off match. Connor Ackermann and Julian Müller (U14) were selected for the ‘All Stars team of the tournament’.
With the constant growth of water polo at Pearson an under 16 age group was introduced and our boys made us extremely proud. Dubbed the wooden spoon specialists before our National 2nd Team Water Polo Tournament our young U16s played in the U19 division as an invitational side and showed how commitment, attitude, discipline and perseverance can pay off. Their first match was against our 2nd team and the U16s won 6 – 1. The team grew from strength to strength and won a bronze medal at our National 2nd Team Tournament! The entire team is pushing for a position in the first team and many players have now established themselves as top quality 1st team players.
Our 2nd team filled with fresh faces and many players from the 3rd team received an opportunity to play and prove themselves as 2nd team players. Our boys attended the Oakhill Chukka Festival, SAC Plate, Pearson National 2nd Team Tournament and Pearson Stayers.
Our boys won 5 out of their 7 matches at the Oakhill Chukka festival. We placed 6th overall in the National 2nd team tournament and the result of the season was the Stayers performance from our 2nd team. Our super 2nds placed 2nd overall in the B section of our Stayers tournament and the best players in the team were Jason du Randt, Chad Deutschmann and Aidan Chamberlain.
Cole Edworthy, Reece Price and Saeed Abrahams were all selected for the U16 South African Team at the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival in New Zealand and Cole represented the A team.
We’re proud to have recently announced 28 Pearson boys making a Nelson Mandela Bay team (EP) for the upcoming IPT in East London from 13 – 17 December. Well done, boys!
The 2018 water polo season was a season of two halves for the first team. Our boys attended Grey College, Vides, SAC Shield, Clifton, Co-Eds and Stayers 2018.
At Vides we placed 7th overall out of 20 teams and 6th at the St Andrew’s Shield, narrowly losing to Reddam House Constantia 1 – 0 in our final play-off match. The best tournament result of our 2017/2018 boys’ season was a 4th place finish in the Grey College Water Polo Tournament.
After a long break through the Winter season a fresh and new culture has been implemented: focusing on core life values and lessons of a Pearsonite as the main outcome of Boys Polo. The Vision is to create a leading man of society; our mission is to instil the values and cultures of a leading man in everyday life. The core values of our culture are respect, honesty, discipline, commitment, trustworthiness, faith, dignity and perseverance.
With 8 uncapped players in the 1st team, a new captain, Duncan Werth, and vice-captain, Chad Harris, we attended The Jam Clifton Water Polo Tournament for the first time, where we were labelled as a non-water polo playing school from Cape Town and many coaches believed we’d be playing for the wooden spoon. Our boys couldn’t have proven them more wrong, finishing 2nd in our pool to a strong St Stithians team. Unfortunately, we lost to Kearsney in a play-off game for a quarter-final place. Our boys attended the National Co-Ed Water Polo Tournament hosted by Glenwood House.
Our boys finished the tournament unbeaten, winning the final 8 – 0 to claim the boys’ title as the number 1 Co-Ed school in the country once again. Zeke van Zyl (U15), Duncan Werth (C), Chad Harris (VC), Cole Edworthy (U16) and Andrew Roche (U16) all made the tournament team. Andrew Roche was also selected as the player of the tournament.
Pearson Boys Polo would like to thank Duncan, Chad, Slater Black and Mr Broom for their exceptional leadership skills and contribution to Boys Polo.
We are excited to announce Slater Black as the 2018/2019 captain and our boys will start their pre-season training soon after the IPT in East London. A big thank you to all our coaches, staff, parents and players for a successful water polo season.