SA U18 Water Polo Prepare for International Competition

Fri, 23/11/2012 - 16:51
  • SA U18 Water Polo Players from Clifton

The SA U18 mens water polo team headed to Johannesburg today to begin their five day training camp in preparation for the tough international water polo opposition at the FINA Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia. The girls team unfortunately will not be attending a training camp due to players still writing matric exams.

The first game of the FINA Championships will be on the 1st of December where the boys will have a chance to start off their campaign on a positive note as they face Colombia. 

The SA mens team has been grouped with Australia, New Zealand, Croatia and Colombia. The Australians have a solid youth team that is able to compete with any European team or the USA, and they will play training matches against formidable water polo sides: Hungary, Croatia, and Serbia as preparation for to their campaign. The achievements of the Croatian senior teams is an example of what to expect from their juniors. The seniors were bronze medalists in last year’s World Champs and won this year’s Olympic Games.

HSSM’s Sazi Luke caught up with coach Ryan Weideman to get his take on how the team is preparing and on the mood in the camp.

HSSM: The squad is flying up to Joburg for a camp on Saturday, how will you be preparing the boys mentally and physically?
Ryan Weideman: We using the camp to touch base with everything we have covered the previous time, so we're just going to go through all the tactics that we have done and I’m using the camp to try develop the players and eventually get to a stage where we are a little more prepared.

HSSM: Are there any injury concerns at this stage?
Ryan Weideman: Mike Pringle does have a shoulder injury but that was at a previous training camp and he has been getting that sorted. I haven’t heard of anything in the last two week so I imagine that he’s recovered from it, but I haven’t heard of any other injuries.

We wish both teams all the best and congratulate them on their current achievements.

SA U18 Boys Travelling Team

Player School Province
Franco Conversano (Captain) Clifton College KZN
Nicholas Downes Clifton College KZN
Kyle Gibson Pretoria Boys High GP
Campbell Gregory St. Andrews College EP
Murray Howard Clifton College KZN
Dayne Jagga Clifton College KZN
Yasein Meth Durban High School KZN
Chad Roman Westerford High School WP
Joshua Stubb Reddam House WP
Julian Lewis Kearsney College KZN
Michael Watt-Pringle King Edward VII School GP
Kyle Westman Glenwood Boys High KZN
Michael Young Crawford Lonehill GP

Manager: Rowen Meth
Coach: Ryan Weideman
Head Coach: Brad Rowe

SA U18 Girls Travelling Team

No Player School Province
1 Chloe Bradley Herschel Girls School WP
2 Alexandra Gascoigne St. Peters College CGA
3 Kelly-Lauren Gasson Kloof High KZN
4 Nicole Haird  St. Peters College CGA
5 Lindsay Killeen Clarendon High School CGA
6 Nicole McKenzie Kloof High KZN
7 Thembelihle Mkhize Kloof High KZN
8 Meaghan Oosthuizen Roedean School CGA
9 Shelley Oosthuizen  Durban Girls College KZN
10 Kim Rosslee  Crawford Lonehill CGA
11 Bianca van Ellewee Thomas More College KZN
12 Tayla Webb  Stirling High School Border
13 Carly Wessels Stirling High School Border

Manager: Galidjah Hendricks
Coach: Paul Martin

Full Fixtures Here: Boys and Girls

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