Clifton College give good account, despite being edged by SACS

2014-10-28 00:00

CLIFTON College’s first water-polo team gave a good account of themselves in the annual St Stithians Stayers tournament, where 16 of the country’s top water-polo schools did battle.

The tournament gives a guideline for next year, which meant current matric boys could not play. As a result, it was a new-look Clifton side coach Paul Martin worked with and the signs were there that he could have something special in 2015.

Day one saw Clifton play their three pool matches, which they won well ahead of the quarter and semi-finals on the second day.

Having played some matches as a team, Clifton were beginning to work together as a unit, winning their quarter-final 8-4 against St Andrew’s ahead of meeting Reddam House in the semi-finals. A clinical performance saw Clifton take the semi by the scruff of the neck, winning 11-5 to head for the final and a meeting with tournament favourites SACS.

It was a bittersweet moment for Martin, as he had been director of water-polo and first team coach at SACS until June this year, but there was no time for sentiment.

In the game of the tournament, the scores were level at 9-9 with seconds remaining when SACS scored with a long range effort to take the honours.

Despite the loss, Clifton celebrated with three players, who were selected for the tournament All Star side: Todd Petterson, Michael Brakspear and Massimo Conversano, a Grade 10 pupil, also recognised as the tournament’s best defender.

Clifton’s Results

v Jeppe 10-3

v Pretoria Boys’ High 8-6

v St Peter’s 4-3

v St Andrew’s 8-4 (quarters)

v Reddam House 11-5 (semi)

v SACS 9-10 (final)

DHS Results

v KES 6-6

v St Andrew’s 8-3

v St Stithian’s 5-4

v Pretoria Boys High 4(3) 4(2)

v SACS 7-8 (semi)

v Reddam House 2-5 (3rd/4th play-off)

• Kearsney continued their winning ways with an 8-2 win against Maritzburg College at the weekend.

Having beaten Westville Boys’ High School and Thomas More, Kearsney’s confidence ran high and they were keen to prove a point against their Midlands rivals. They took on College with a physical style of play in a match littered with mistakes from both sides. Although missing centre back Luca Missio through injury, Kearsney’s Tristan Muller and Luke Croshaw were admirable replacements, while Ryan Jackson was strong in goal.

Kearsney captain Patrick Zietkiewicz, joined by Tyrone Beunk-Burgess and Andries Schoeman, combined well up front to keep the scoreboard going and Kears­ney’s fitness also shone through near the end.

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