Shock Defeats and Rising Teams At Pretoria Boys High Water Polo Festival

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 17:02

The Pretoria Boys High Festival saw a mixed bag of results this weekend. Host’s Pretoria Boy’s High stunned Clifton 13 – 8 as Boy’s High flourished in their opening game to beat the strong KZN team. A single goal was all that separated St Stithians against Clifton as the Durbanites lost 8 – 7 in an evenly matched encounter. Clifton were two losses from two games and needed to bounce back in Day 2.

St Stithians won their second match as they eased past a resilient Affies team 13 – 6 and were joined by St John’s who made light work of Kearsney and Falcon College. Kearsney didn’t start the way they had hoped as they faced another defeat at the hands of the PBHS Cubs, 9 – 1.

Day 2 started off with St Stithians and Pretoria Boys going full throttle and the two teams couldn’t be separated as the match ended 5 – 5. St Peters claimed victory over Falcon and St Johns continued with their winning ways as they beat Michaelhouse 8 – 4.

Affies and Kearsney were involved in a tight matchup in which Kearsney came out tops and recorded their first festival victory, winning 5 -4. Kearsney were fired up on day 2 making amends for day 1’s poor performance as they beat hosts and favourites Pretoria Boys High 8 – 6 to make it two for two in day two before St Stithians halted them to claim their third festival victory, beating Kearsney 8 -5.

Crawford Lonehill toppled PBHS Cubs 5 – 3 but went down 11 – 3 to Pretoria Boys later in the day. Clifton improved as they beat St Johns by the skin of their teeth 4 – 3.

St Peters have shown a lot of improvement this year as they won 3 of their four matches. St Stithians and St Johns are continuing last year’s impressive season and are looking better equipped with strong stayers like Dan Trninic, Roarke Olver, Lwazi Madi, Nick van der Elst, and Claudio Fernandez. But the surprise package was Pretoria Boys as they worked hard to secure victories over St Johns and Clifton with their man main Kyle Gibson providing experience.  Clifton will be looking to improve after they were caught napping at this year’s festival and will want to tie the loose ends in order to improve their 2013 season.

A Festival side was picked who then played the Pretoria Boys High Old Boys team and won 6 – 3. The festival team consisted of a flurry of 2012 top performers from all over the country along with SA U18 and SA Schools players.

We now look on to the KES tournament were we will probably see more shock defeats and an improvement from all teams following this festival.   


Team W L D F A Diff
St Stithians 3 0 1 43 20 +23
Pretoria Boys 2 1 1 49 32 +17
St Johns 3 1 0 33 17 +16
Clifton 3 2 0 44 39 +5
St Peter's 3 1 0 35 31 +4
PBHS Cubs 1 3 0 21 21 0
Crawford Lonehill 3 1 0 29 30 -1
Affies 1 4 0 28 40 -12
Kearsney 2 4 0 26 40 -14
Michaelhouse 0 4 0 18 40 -22
Falcon 2 4 0 29 58 -29

Festival Team

Player School
Julian Lewis Kearsney
Lumardt Senekal Pretoria Boys
Connor Henry Pretoria Boys
Kyle Gibson Pretoria Boys
Roarke Olver St Johns College
Dan Trninic St Johns College
Nicholas Downes Clifton
Keegan Nell Clifton
Dayne Jagga Clifton
Ryan van der Waal  Kearsney
Lwazi Madi St Stithians
Claudio Fernandes St Stithians
Nick van der Elst St Stithians
Albert Pretorius Affies
Merrick  Pringle Michaelhouse
Ryan Hughes Crawford Lonehill
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Submitted by grunt (not verified) on

Not sure why HSSM have to refer to them as shock results. Schools sports go in cycles and a really good side one year can be ordinary the next year. Why you ignore the St Stithians Stayers tournament of last year is anyone's guess. It actually shows the form for this year (Clifton were knocked out in the Quarters) showing that they had lost a big part of their side and would have to build again this year. I must say its really nice to see more schools competing for top honours and KES is probably more wide open this year than it has been for a number of years. Please could you post the WP league results for last couple of weeks ie not just the Maitland Cup.

Should be receiving WP league results so will make sure to post them. Clifton certainly lost a big part of their squad, but id say their big loss was Franco Conversano at goal. And I agree the stayers was an indication. Its good to see schools like Paul Roos, St Peters, Crawford Lonehill, and TMC all getting in the mix. But at KES I'd have to say grey high but it would be foolish of me to pick an outright winner as like you said "its more wide open than it;s ever been in years"

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