SA’s top schools to slug it out at water polo tournament

2014-09-25 00:00

THE 10th annual Nashua Clif­ton Water Polo Tournament gets under way today at the host school in Durban.

Fifteen of the top water polo schools from around the country have been invited to slug it out in Clifton’s Olympic standard Aquatic Centre over the next four days.

The tournament first began back in 2005 and has grown steadily over the years and now hosts only the best water polo schools in SA.

This year’s competitors include teams from Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Bishops Diocesan College, Durban High School, Hilton College, Jeppe High School, Kearsney College, King Edward VII School, Maritzburg College, Reddam House, St Alban’s College, St David’s Marist College, St John’s College, St Peter’s College, St Stithians College and Westville Boys’ High School.

There are a number of past winners in the tournament including College, St John’s, Clifton and Reddam House.

The latter two met in the final last year that saw Reddam beat the hosts 5-3 and return to Cape Town with some silverware in their trophy cabinet.

That means redemption will be in the air and Clifton will be looking to return the trophy to Durban.

There is no doubt that the standard of polo will be high with the best U18 players in the country taking to the pool. The likes of Clifton’s Dayne Jagga played for the South African men’s team at the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships earlier this year and will be one to look out for.

Clifton are currently ranked number one in the SA Schools water polo rankings (SA Schools Sports website) going into the tournament. Second and third placed SACS and St Andrew’s College will not participate but there are still five other schools in the top 10 at the tournament.

Those include St Stithians (fourth), St John’s (sixth), Jeppe (eighth), Bishops (ninth) and Westville (10th). The rest of the schools are ranked in the top 30 schools besides Kearsney (33rd).

Spectators can catch a break from the action in the water at the Varsity College Chill Zone and there will be plenty of food and refreshment stations around for guests to make use of.

Games start at 8 am from today until Saturday. The final matches start on Sunday at 7 am while the grand final is set to start at 1 pm.

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