Girls’ Water Polo

Girls’ Water Polo Report 2018

The 2018 season has been very successful in the pool for girls’ water polo. We have competed in the toughest age group competitions around the country.

Special mention needs to be made of the coaches and managers for all the hard work, dedication and love for the sport they have shown. We could not have done this without you. Thank you.

This year we put together a winter programme which gave our girls the opportunity to train throughout winter. The juniors under the watchful eye of Charne Keen, and the seniors, under Mr Manthe’s care, had an intensive programme which ensured that our girls were in the best condition possible for the third and fourth term tournaments.

The U14A team travelled to Cape Town and competed at the Dave Pitcairn Cup. This is always a tough tournament to start the season, however this group, under the leadership of Rebecca Mardon and coached by Mrs Nortje had a successful start to the season. The team ended in 5th position overall.

From here the girls travelled to East London to compete in the Jason Murray Tournament hosted by Clarendon and Selborne. It was another successful tournament with the team finishing in 2nd place.

Our U14B team competed at the Peter Cuff Tournament hosted by Hudson Park in East London where they ended 7th overall.

Pearson’s U15A team travelled to Johannesburg in the first term to compete at the annual Shaun Fuchs Tournament hosted by Crawford College Lonehill. The Pearson team was always going to face some serious competitive opposition at this tournament, but the girls held their heads high and fought hard with plenty of lessons learned. The Pearson team ended in 17th position out of 24 teams.

After putting in the serious hours during the winter programme the U15 team could only get stronger and improve. This was clear to see at the Collegiate U15 Tournament hosted in the third term. The tournament brought the same teams from the Shaun Fuchs Tournament which meant our girls would be under pressure to get a better result than earlier on in the year. With hard training session under their belt the U15 team finished 12 places better than they did in February by beating Collegiate in the 5th and 6th position matches.

Pearson girls’ water polo proved to be a powerhouse in South Africa with even our 2nd team participating in numerous 1st team tournaments and festivals. The 2nd team competed in the Alex All Girls Water Polo Festival hosted by Alexander Road High School where they played against mostly 1st teams from across the country yet the girls won 8 of their 9 matches. With this boost in their confidence and lead by Miss Cooper, the team travelled to the Oakhill Chukka Festival which is in the Knysna harbour – the girls put on a brilliant display of water polo winning 7of their from 8 matches.

In the third and fourth term the 2nd team travelled to Durban to compete in the St Anne’s Tournament which is yet another 1st team tournament. The girls put in a great effort and ended in 5th place overall. From here the team travelled to Somerset College Stayers’ Tournament where they ended in 8th place.

It is fantastic to see that even our 2nd team can compete with 1st teams from around South Africa.

The 1st team had a successful year, proving that we are a force to reckoned with. Under the leadership of Captain, Hannah Werth, and Vice-Captain, Jordyn Meyer, the season started in October 2017 when the team competed in the Clarendon Stayers’ Tournamen,t beating Eastern Cape rivals 10 – 7 in the final, winning the tournament. The following weekend the team travelled to Johannesburg for the annual St Stithians Stayers’ Tournament which brings the top 20 teams from around South Africa to fight it out over the trophy. Once again, the girls showed some pure class beating Reddam House Constantia 9-8 in the final. With two tournament wins under their belt the girls went to the Kingswood Brian Baker Tournament where they played against Reddam House in the final and unfortunately they lost 9-7 in the final, placing them 2nd overall.

Determined to improve, the girls travelled to Stellenbosch to have a training camp with the Maties Ladies 1st team where they played plenty of practice matches. This camp proved to be a success as two weeks later the team travelled up to Johannesburg to compete in  the Old Petrians’ Water Polo Tournament which brings 24 teams from across South Africa together,hosted by St Peter’s College. The team made it to the final by knocking out two tournament favourites, Herschel in the quarter final and Reddam House Constantia in the semi-final, thus coming up against St Stithians in the final. Once again, the team showed their class, winning the final 4 – 1.

The season slowed down a bit, but the girls continued to work hard over the winter months preparing for the Reddam U19 Tournament, Co – Eds, Clarendon Stayers’ and St Stithians Stayers’.

When the season kicked off the 1st team girls were ready to give it all this season. Entering the last bit of the season as the number 1 team in South Africa they had to make sure they were well prepared.

Reddam hosted their U19 Tournament and for the first time at this tournament the girls proved to be the best, beating Reddam, under the leadership of Hannah Reid and Jordyn Meyer, in front of their home crowd and winning the tournament 9-7. A week later the girls travelled to George to compete at the National Co-Eds Tournament. The team advanced straight to the quarter finals from the pool stages. Once again the Reddam team proved too strong, winning the final against Crawford College Lonehill 5-2.

As the grade 12s leave we welcome the new change.

The girls, under the leadership of Erin Harty, travelled to East London to compete in the Clarendon Stayers’ Tournament but unfortunately they lost to St Stithians in a well fought final. Determined to put the loss behind us the team then went to Johannesburg with a mission. At the St Stithians Water Polo Tournament the girls put on a great display of water polo playing in front of 3000 spectators the team beat St Stithians 10-9 in an incredible final.

It was an epic season for our 1st girls water polo team with only  only two losses in a calendar year. WELL DONE!

Special mention needs to be made of the following:

Hannah Reid – SA U18 V/Captain

Erin Harty – SA U17 Captain

Yanah Gerber – SA U17

Jade Vaughan – SA U17

Linzi Scholtz – SA U17

Nerine Cloete – SA U17

Michaela Robinson – SA U17

Dayna Bond – Zimbabwe U18