Making a big splash

2014-09-26 00:00

SUPERB weather greeted the first day of the Nashua Clifton Water-Polo tournament at Clifton College in Durban that saw teams from 16 top schools from around the country take to the water.

In its 10th year, the tournament has gone from strength to strength each time around and is now seen by those participating as an important addition to a school’s CV and water-polo status. Being crowned champ-ions at the end of four days is something to definitely crow about and as the number one ranked water-polo school in the country, the hosts have no other goal than being top of the perch come on Sunday afternoon.

St Alban’s and Affies set the tone in the first match of the day, St Alban’s edging home 6-5 in a tight start to proceedings. Another local side, DHS, then issued a strong and clear statement with a convincing 20-1 win against St David’s, showing they will be a force to consider as the tournament goes on.

Clifton looked in charge with a 8-3 win against a competitive Jeppe side and DHS kept on track in their second match, scraping home 8-7 against Reddam, who gave a solid account of themselves. Kearsney came home 7-4 against Maritzburg College and Hilton started well with a 5-2 win over St Peter’s.

College were denied a win in their second clash, going down 10-4 to KES and as the day wore on, the standard of play and competition intensified. Affies and Jeppe gave their all in a 4-4 deadlock, while Hilton again proved their worth with a handy 5-2 win against Westville Boys’ High. Hilton enjoyed a great day in the pool, winning their third match 5-4, an intense tussle with St Stithians. This was enough for Hilton to win their group having won all their matches.

It was non-stop action throughout the day, Clifton pushed to the limit in a 4-4 draw with St Alban’s in a tense match that had all at the Aquatic Centre holding their breath until the last whistle, which saw a Clifton goal disallowed owing to a reversal call for ball under.

In the final clash of the day, DHS took on St John’s, winning 9-4 to remain unbeaten on the day.

Today promises another action-packed package with the remaining group matches being played in the morning, followed by the cross pool clashes in the afternoon, going into the evening. Matches start at 8 am, with the final fixture at 8 pm.

DAY ONE RESULTS

St Alban’s 6 Affies 5, DHS 20 St David’s 1, College 4 Kearsney 7, Clifton 8 Jeppe 3, Hilton 5 St Peter’s 2, Reddam 7 DHS 8, College 4 KES 10, Jeppe 4 Affies 4, Westville Boys’ High 2 Hilton 5, St David’s 2 Reddam 8, Kearsney 2 KES 5, St Peter’s 1 Westville 3, Hilton 5 St Stithians 4, St Alban’s 4 Clifton 4, Bishops 17 College 1, St John’s 4 DHS 9

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