GHS win water polo league

2012-11-13 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) first water polo team have wrapped up a successful season to win the Pietermaritzburg League title.

GHS went unbeaten with wins over Epworth (22-1), St John’s (16-1), Treverton (10-0), The Wykeham Collegiate (17-0) and a tough one against ever-improving St Anne’s (3-0), who could be an even more challenging opposition next year.

Winning five from five and scoring 68 goals to two against is comprehensive, but translating that success at national level is not easy, as the quality of opponents can be formidable.

In the first term, GHS competed in the annual top 10 schools’ festival at the national aquatics championship, which was held in Durban this year and will be held in Pretoria in 2013.

The Achilles heel to improvement at national level is more competitive matches — even if it were only against some of the stronger Durban schools, but a number of hurdles, including the very busy school sport calendar, make this a difficult task.

First team coach Jolene Joubert, an ex-GHS first team and provincial player herself, has played a role in the development of two grade 11 water polo players into provincial teams, the most prominent being goalkeeper Carmelle Smith, who was selected for both the KZN U18 and senior team.

Another grade 11 player to make the KZN U18 team was Jade Swanepoel, while the GHS age-group teams are also looking promising with KZN U14 selection Talesa Hlela signalling what is to come at first team level in the future.

The GHS first team is packed with players not yet in grade 12 and look in a good space to have a successful 2013 at PMB level at least, although the warning bells are ringing that St Anne’s, in particular, will be a tough team to beat next year.

“I am so proud of the girls, they have been fantastic all season long and they deserve the success they have had,” Joubert told The Witness yesterday. “There is a lot of talent in this school and if they stay dedicated, some of these girls will be able to go far in the sport.”

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