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Smooth sailing for big guns on day one of Old Petrian’s Water Polo Tournament

By CS Chiwanza , in Water Sports | Featured Water Sports | News , at 2024-02-22

The big guns were in fine form, sweeping their pools, on day one of the 19th edition of the Old Petrian’s Annual Girls U19 Water Polo Tournament, hosted by St. Peter’s College.

The event got underway on Thursday morning and runs until Sunday afternoon when the creme de la creme will compete for the trophy.

Two venues, St Peter’s Prep Girls and the Wahoo Aquatic Centre, are hosting the big 27-team event.

First out of the blocks was Reddam House Constantia. The former champions played the opening game and got off to an absolute flier with a 12-1 drubbing of RustenburgLeading the charge was Hannah Banks.

In 2023, Banks was one of the top scorers at the Inter-Provincial Tournament, where she helped Western Province reach the final. Her outstanding performances at the IPT earned her a maiden call-up to the South Africa Under-18 side. Against Rustenburg, she showed that class with five goals.

Banks repeated the feat, netting another five, when Reddam downed Pretoria Girls 18-0.

Defending champions St. Stithians put out a statement of intent on day one with back-to-back wins over 2022 champions, Crawford College (Lonehill), and Alexander Road.

In their first match, the defending champions eased their way into the tournament with a 13-4 win in which seven players scored goals. Courtney Calenborne and Gina Sguazzin kicked off their campaigns with hat-tricks.

Calenborne made it two hat-tricks in a day when she joined Erin Blackburn (5), Cadha Mosehla (4) and Hannah Lloyd (3) on a scoring spree that saw Saints put 23 goals past Alex Road with no reply. Unlike their showing against Crawford, where they made a few fouls and allowed the opposition opportunities on goal, the defending champs were clinical against Alex Road. They committed only one foul compared to Alex Road’s 10. 

Durban Girls’ College came into the tournament feeling optimistic and buoyant following their title-winning campaign at the National Aquatic Festival, hosted by Maris Stella earlier in the month, and did not disappoint. Coach Peter Lavett’s team had no trouble converting those feelings into a match-winning performance.

Kayla Andrews, who had a good u16 campaign at the Schools Water Polo South Africa Tournament, last December, led the KwaZulu-Natal team with eight goals across two matches. She netted six and two against St Peter’s and Rustenburg, respectively.

Herschel shrugged off Rand Park‘s and Hudson Park‘s attempts at competition with emphatic wins. First, they dealt out a 23-0 whipping to Rand Park and then eased past Hudson Park 14-3. The star for Herschel in both matches was Emily van Heerden, who scored a total of seven goals.

Pool A

St. Stithians 13-4 Crawford
Hudson Park 4-8 Kingswood
Herschel 23-0 Rand Park
Crawford 5-12 Kingswood
Alex Road 0-23 St Stithians
Herschel 14-3 Hudson Park
Alex Road 7-6 Rand Park

Pool B

Kingsmead 1-6 St Mary’s
Roedean 21-1 Springfield
Chisipite 4-6 Stirling
DSG 7-0 Springfield
Kingsmead 1-8 Roedean
DSG 7-4 Stirling

Pool C

Reddam Constantia 12-1 Rustenburg
Durban Girls College 13-4 St Peter’s
Pretoria Girls 0-18 St Dominic’s
St Peter’s 3-8 Collegiate
DGC 11-2 Rustenburg
St Dominic’s 4-3 Collegiate
Pretoria Girls 0-18 Reddam Constantia

Pool D

Reddam Helderfontein 0-13 St Anne’s
Reddam Bedfordview 13-2 Westerford
Pearson 10-1 Wynberg
Clarendon 14-0 Westerford
Pearson 5-6 St Anne’s
Clarendon 18-1 Wynberg
Reddam Bedfordview – Reddam Helderfontein

Day 2, Friday 23 February 2024

@ Wahoo Aquatic Centre

07:00 – (25) Alex Road vs Rand Park; 07:35 – (26) Chisipite vs St Mary’s; 08:10 – (27) St Stithians vs Kingswood; 08:45 – (28) Stirling vs Springfield; 09:20 – (29) Crawford vs Herschel; 09:55 – (30) DSG vs Kingsmead; 10:30 – (31) Kingswood vs Alex Road; 11:05 – (32) Chisipite vs Springfield; 11:40 – (33) Rand Park vs Hudson;  12:15 – (34) St Mary’s vs Roedean; 12:50 – (35) Herschel vs St Stithians; 13:25 – (36) – Stirling vs Kingsmead; 14:00 – (37) Hudson vs Alex Road; 14:35 – (38) Roedean vs Chisipite; 15:10 – (39) Kingswood vs Herschel; 15:45 – (40) Kingsmead vs Springfield; 16:20 – (41) Rand Park vs Crawford; 16:55 – (42) St Mary’s vs DSG; 17:30 – (43) Herschel vs Alex Road; 18:05 – (44) Kingsmead vs Chisipite; 18:40 – (45) Hudson vs Crawford; 19:15 – (46) DSG vs Roedean; 19:50 – (47) Rand Park vs St Stithians

@ St Peter’s Girls Prep School

07:00 – (48) St Dominic’s vs Collegiate; 07:35 – (49) St Anne’s vs Wynberg; 08:10 – (50) Durban Girls vs Pretoria Girls; 08:45 – (51) Pearson vs Reddam Bedfordview; 09:20 – (52) Rustenburg vs St Peter’s; 09:55 – (53) Clarendon vs Wynberg; 10:30 – (54) St Dominic’s vs Reddam Constantia; 11:05 – (55) Westerford vs Reddam Helderfontein; 11:40 – (56) Collegiate vs Rustenburg; 12:15 – (57) Clarendon vs St Anne’s; 12:50 – (58) St Peter’s vs Pretoria Girls; 13:25 – (59) Wynberg vs Reddam Bedfordview; 14:00 – (60) Collegiate vs Reddam Constantia; 14:35 – (61) Clarendon vs Reddam Helderfontein; 15:10 – (62) Rustenburg vs Pretoria Girls; 15:45 – (63) Reddam Bedfordview vs St Anne’s; 16:20 – (64) St Dominic’s vs Durban Girls; 16:55 – (65) Pearson vs Westerford; 17:30 – (66) Pretoria Girls vs Collegiate; 18:05 – (67) Clarendon vs Reddam Bedfordview; 18:40 – (68) Reddam Constantia vs Durban Girls; 19:15 – (69) Reddam Helderfontein vs Pearson; 19:50 – (70) St Dominic’s vs St Peter’s

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