On a day filled with stoppages, matches delayed due to lightning, and bad weather, Selborne College and Affies continued their impressive performances to remain unbeaten at the ITEC Grey College Water Polo Tournament in Bloemfontein after two days of action.
The two sides, who are in different pools, got their campaigns off to convincing wins on the opening day against Stirling High School and Pretoria Boys High respectively.
After scoring 21 goals on Thursday, Affies were aiming for another offensive onslaught against Durban’s Northwood. The side from Pretoria found the going much harder the second time out, though, with the Knights putting up stubborn resistance, which produced an entertaining show for the spectators.
Eventually, after half-time, Affies opened up a narrow two-goal advantage and stayed in front to grab a nervy 10-8 victory.
Meanwhile, the defending champions, Selborne College, were once again on song. In their first outing on Thursday, coach Storm Siebert’s side was made to work hard before they accounted for a determined Pretoria Boys High team by an 8-5 margin.
Their first encounter of day two was against their provincial rivals, Grey High, and the team from East London eased to a 9-4 win over their Gqeberha opposition.
They next took on KwaZulu-Natal’s Glenwood High, who had beaten Pearson 19-11 in their Thursday opener, and powered their way to a big 18-4 victory.
The Durban boys ran out of luck on day two, conceding a whopping 32 goals in their meetings with Selborne and Pretoria Boys High.
Meanwhile, the hosts, Grey College bounced back impressively from their 7-13 loss to Grey High in an exhibition match on the opening day. They won two of their three matches, defeating Stirling High 17-5, and Jeppe 12-11 in a thrilling clash that went down to the wire.
Stirling’s woes in the pool continued as the East London team was dominated in all three of their matches, scoring 15 times while conceding 43 goals.
Day three sees the start of the playoffs after the completion of the remaining three pool games.
The action begins with a Gauteng derby between Jeppe and Affies, followed by an Eastern Cape clash between Selborne and Pearson. In the last pool match, Glenwood will hope to turn their fortunes around when they tackle Grey High at 09:00.
All the action will be live on SuperSport Schools.
Day 2: Results
Jeppe Boys High 17-7 Stirling High
Pretoria Boys High 14-8 Glenwood
Northwood 11-6 Grey College
Selborne College 9-4 Grey High
Pretoria Boys High 17-2 Pearson High
Grey College 17-5 Stirling High
Affies 10-8 Northwood
Grey College 12-11 Jeppe Boys
Grey High 18-3 Pearson High
Selborne College 18-4 Glenwood
Northwood 9-4 Stirling High
Grey College 5-11 Affies
Grey High 11-7 Pretoria Boys High
Day 3, Saturday, 3 February @Grey College
07:00 – Jeppe Boys High vs Affies; 08:00 – Selborne College vs Pearson High School; 09:00 – Glenwood High vs Grey High; 10:00 – 5th Pool A vs 5th Pool B; 11:00 – 1st Pool A vs 4th Pool B; 12:00 – 1st Pool B vs 4th Pool A; 13:00 – 21d Pool A vs 3rd Pool B; 14:00 – 2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A; 15:00 – Loser 23 vs Loser 24; 16:00 – Loser 22 vs Loser 25; 17:00 – Winner 23 vs Winner 24; 18:00 – Winner 22 vs Winner 25; 19:00 – Loser 26 vs 5th Pool A; 20:00 – Loser 27 vs 5th Pool B.
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