Grey High School’s water polo teams excel in festivals

2017-03-15 08:20
Grey’s first water polo team are at the back, from left, Daniel Ward, Philip Weyer-Henderson, Rogan Scheepers, Travis De Bruin, Luke Butler, Aidan Baker and Jordan Blewett and, in front, from left, Reece Audie, Ricky King, Jared Potgieter, Matthew Easton and Stuart Grenfell.            Photo:SUPPLIED

Grey’s first water polo team are at the back, from left, Daniel Ward, Philip Weyer-Henderson, Rogan Scheepers, Travis De Bruin, Luke Butler, Aidan Baker and Jordan Blewett and, in front, from left, Reece Audie, Ricky King, Jared Potgieter, Matthew Easton and Stuart Grenfell. Photo:SUPPLIED

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GREY High School’s water polo teams have had a busy time recently.

Their first team made it to the semi-finals of the annual KES Festival in Johannesburg and the u/15A team won the Kingswood Festival.

Grey’s first team excelled at the KES Festival, which is seen as a top water polo festival in the country. This allows the teams to gauge their rating in the country.

The Grey team gave a clinical display on the first day, with a clean sweep of victories to take the top spot in the pool, scoring 36 goals and conceding only 11.

In the quarter-finals, the opposition was the well-drilled Hilton College side. By the end of the first chukka, Grey had showed their class and scored a flurry of goals to take the lead with a score of 7-0.

The long nature of the games allowed Hilton to claw their way back into the game to end the third chukka 9-8 in their favour.

Grey’s first team dug deep, pulled together as a team and showed true character and commitment to close out the game 12-10 as the victors.

The semi-finals against Bishops was a closely contested battle with both teams struggling for dominance as the teams tied at five goals apiece at half-time. A few lapses in concentration saw Bishops take the lead and winning 10-7.

Grey then lost their final fixture in the third and fourth place play-off to Ronde-bosch Boys by three goals to eight.

Grey’s u/15A team had a very successful run at the Kingswood Festival, beating Pearson 5–3 in the finals.

The Grey u/15A team had some easy victories in the pool games, beating Graeme College 19-0, Pearson u/15B 17-0 and Woodridge 14-0.

The highlight of the day was Grey’s performance against the EP Women’s Water Polo team that included a number of South African players. In a fast-paced match, the boys managed to hold their own to win by five goals to two.

In the final group match, Grey beat St Andrews College 4-1.

In the semi-final match, Grey’s u/15A team beat Alexander Road High 5-1. In the finals, Grey led the game 3-2 at half-time and managed to hold on to five goals to three to beat Pearson High School.

Grey’s u/15B team also attended the festival and enjoyed mixed fortunes.

Summarised results

Kingswood u/15 Festival

Grey u/15A 19-0 Graeme u/15A

Grey u/15A 17-0 Pearson u/15B

Grey u/15A 14-0 Woodridge u/15A

Grey u/15A 5-2 EP Ladies

Grey u/15A 4-1 St Andrews u/15A

Semi Final: Grey u/15A 5-1 Alex u/15A

Final: Grey u/15A 5-3 Pearson u/15A

Grey u/15B 6-0 Selborne u/15B

Grey u/15B 2-7 vs Alex u/15A

Grey u/15B 1-5 Pearson u/15A

Grey u/15B 2-2 St Andrews u/14A

Grey u/15B 5-2 Kingswood u/15A

KES Festival

Grey 1st 11-4 Jeppe

Grey 1st 5-2 vs KES 1st

Grey 1st 20-5 Maritzburg College

Grey 1st 12-10 Hilton 1st

Grey 1st 7-10 Bishops 1st

Grey 1st 3-8 Rondebsoch

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