U16 Water Polo Tournament
The DHS U16 Water Polo Tournament started in 2012, with a handful of teams. From there it has grown into a tournament with teams from Gauteng, Eastern and Kwa-Zulu Natal. The schools represented at the Tournament this year all have a rich heritage of competitive sport and Water Polo in particular. It was an honour and a privilege for DHS to host these schools.
Sixteen teams from amongst the top Water Polo playing schools gathered to do battle at the Tournament from 6 to 8 October. Head of Aquatics, Mr Steve la Marque, and his team which included the Moms’ Committee, had done an excellent job in laying the groundwork for the Tournament. Six teams were housed in Blackmore House and all reports suggested that they had been made comfortable and to feel at home by the duty masters and were very well fed by Peppers & Pans.
The officials’ table and the scoreboard were well-manned by keen 1st and U14 Water Polo boys, whilst Mr Skevington kept the whole thing rolling with his lively patter over the public address system.
Generally, the Polo itself was of a high standard. The final between Clifton College and St John’s College was an exciting game of very high quality. The teams scored one for one, going through to the 4th Chukka 5-5. By the end of the final Chukka the score was still a draw at 7-7, which resulted in a penalty shoot-out. Clifton were the ultimate winners, beating defending champions St John’s 10-9.
Another successful and enjoyable tournament. Thank you to the teams that participated … we look forward to hosting you again next year.
1st Clifton College
2nd St John’s College
3rd Hilton College
4th Selborne College
5th St Andrew’s College
6th Westville Boys’ High School
7th Kearsney College / St Benedict’s College
9th St David’s Marist, Inanda
10th Northwood School
11th St Stithians College
12th Affies (Afrikaans Hoër Seunsskool)
13th Glenwood High School
14th St Alban’s College
15th King Edward VII School
16th Durban High School
Jarred Buere (St John’s)
Teagure Loelly (Westville)
David MacDonald (Westville)
Luke Sawkins (St John’s)
Nicholas Poole / Ricardo Simoes (St David’s)
Dean Stokes (Selborne)
Luke Tillim (Hilton)
Dane Tucker (St Stithians)
Jaden Whiley (Clifton)
Best Forward: Mikey Bennett (Clifton)
Best Back: Oliver de Sousa (St John’s)
Best Goalkeeper: Chris Geils (Clifton)
Most Valuable Player: Tim Mundell (Hilton)
S La Marque
Director of Aquatics