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DAY 1 | Goals aplenty as National Aquatics gets off to a flyer in KZN

By Avuyile Sawula , in Water Sports | Featured Water Sports | News , at 2024-02-09

The sun was out, there were clear blue skies, and the conditions favoured both the swimmers and the water polo teams on the opening day of the National Aquatics Festival, hosted by Durban’s Maris Stella at the Kings Park Pool on Friday.

The annual water polo tournament saw 16 matches completed, with a number of teams asserting their dominance ahead of the looming playoffs, which take place on Saturday.

Last year’s champions, St Stithians College were among the sides to impress, claiming emphatic victories in their first two matches over St Mary’s DSG (Kloof), and Danville.

They were, however, stopped in their tracks by a determined Durban Girls’ College (DGC) side, which held coach Etienne Le Roux’s team to a 6-6 draw, to make matters interesting in Pool A.

DGC also managed two wins on the day, claiming an 11-2 victory over St Mary’s DSG, before thumping their arch-rivals, Durban Girls’ High, 15-1.

Danville struggled to get going in the pool, and their lapses of concentration in defence resulted in the side conceding 44 goals, with St Mary’s DSG scoring 21 of those.

Clarendon High School ruled in the South Pool, blasting through all of their opponents to send out a message that they’re a top contender for the title.

They opened their campaign with an emphatic 22-0 win over Pretoria High School for Girls, before thumping Our Lady of Fatima 17-1. In their last match of the day, they held off a motivated St Mary’s Waverley, winning by a two-goal margin, 7-5.

Hannah Muller’s Clarendon was joined by St Mary’s at the top of their pool. The Johannesburg school, which hosted the National Aquatics Festival in 2023, is in second spot after winning three out of their four matches on the opening day.

They began the day by dismantling the hosts, Maris Stella, 14-2. They followed that up by scoring 20 goals against Our Lady of Fatima, before dishing out an 18-2 defeat to Pretoria High.

Maris Stella faces a tough start on Saturday, with an early showdown against Clarendon at 07:40.

Meanwhile, Durban Girls’ College and the Durban Girls’ High take on Danville and St Stithians College respectively in their final pool matches.

The day’s first match starts at 07:00, at both the Durban High School (DHS) and Maris Stella pools, with the final scheduled for 12:05 at DHS.

Catch all the action live on SuperSport Schools.

Results: Day 1

North Pool

St Stithians College 18-1 St Mary’s DSG
Durban Girls 12-0 Danville
Durban Girls College 11-2 St Mary’s DSG
St Stithians 11-1 Danville
Durban Girls College 15-1 Durban Girls’ High
St Mary’s DSG 21-1 Danville
St Stithians 6-6 Durban Girls’ College
St Mary’s DSG 5-1 Durban Girls’ High

South Pool

St Mary’s Waverley 14-2 Maris Stella
Clarendon High 22-0 Pretoria High
St Mary’s Waverley 20-1 Our Lady of Fatima
Maris Stella 8-3 Pretoria High
Clarendon High School 17-1 Our Lady of Fatima
St Mary’s Waverley 18-2 Pretoria High
Maris Stella 11-1 Our Lady of Fatima
Clarendon High School 7-5 St Mary’s Waverley.

 

Day 2 Saturday, 10 February

@ Durban High School

07:00 – Durban Girls’ College vs Danville; 07:40 – St Stithians College vs Durban Girls’ High; 08:30 – 3rd Pool A vs 2nd Pool B; 09:10 – 21a Pool A vs 31a Pool B; 09:50 – 1st Pool A vs Winner 21; 10:30 – 75t Pool B vs Winner 22; 11:25 – Loser 25 vs Loser 26; 12:05 – Winner 25 vs Winner 26.

@ Maris Stella

07:00 – Pretoria High vs Fatima; 07:40 – Clarendon High School vs Maris Stella; 08:40 – 4th Pool A vs 5th Pool B; 09:20 – 5th Pool A vs 4th Pool B; 10:00 – Loser 23 vs Loser 24; 10:40 – Winner 23 vs Winner 24; 11:20 – Loser 21 vs Loser 22.

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