KES Water Polo Tournament Round Up 2013

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 20:40
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The KES water polo tournament was anyone’s to win this year, the well-executed tournament was only a sign of what to expect this water polo season.

The St Stithians team were very fit and prepared throughout their group stages as they faced the likes of Grey High, Pretoria Boys High, and Durban High School. Going into the final the St Stithians team had a mental edge as they had beaten St Johns twice this year prior to the KES water polo cup final match. Brian Webster’s 28th year at the KES tournament was flourished with another trophy in the St Stithians Boys College trophy cabinet.

2012 winners and this year’s cup runners up St Johns surprised most their opponents and possibly themselves as they won all games in their competitive group that featured Bishops, Maritzburg College, and St Andrews. St Johns topped their group scoring 40 goals in their 3 games. They made it to the semis to face top KZN team Clifton in a match where Clifton missed a last movement of the game penalty to see themselves exit out of the cup competition as St Johns capitalized to win the semi 10 – 7 at extra time.

In the final cup match St Johns faced St Stithians and the title holders started slowly as St Stithians rose 4 – 0 ahead. St Johns clawed their way back to 4 – 4 but the St Stithians team started running away with the game in the third and fourth chukkas. St Stithians Claudio Fernandes was given his marching orders after his third major foul, but his team was up 8 – 4 with 7 minutes to play. Lwazi Madi was instrumental in the St Stithians victory as he carried his team’s defence stopping shot after shot from the St Johns centre forwards. Lwazi played SA Schools last year and definitely has a bright future ahead of him in the game of water polo.

Captain Claudio Fernandes is not the most vocal captain but he leads by example, which was evidenced by his teams gold medal and his selection into the tournament team. St Stithians won the final 9 – 6 to see off St Johns and to crown themselves 2013 KES water polo tournament winners. Notable players from the final were Nick van der Elst who has excellent shooting skills, Luke Hunter who made the tournament team, Lwazi Madi (goalkeeper), St Stithians captain Claudio Fernandes (tournament team), Tim Evans, and Jordan Sacks all from St Stithians. From the St Johns team it would have to be Roarke Olver and player of the tournament Dan Trninic who were both outstanding throughout the tournament. Dan contributed heavily to his his team both in offence and defence scoring a number of goals en route to the finals. The two have been picked as the few schoolboys to play for the OJ Eagles in the upcoming Curry Cup. St Stithians will also have Claudio Fernandes, Nick van der Elst, Luke Hunter, and Lwazi Madi featuring in the prestigious senior water polo tournament.

SACS finished 7th and would be slightly disappointed to have not contested further. SACS had a young team who were nervous going into a big tournament stage and finished second in their group after winning 1 and drawing 2. SACS played to a 6 all draw with Clifton and St Albans before going on to beat Parktown 9 -3 and through to the cup quarter finals. SACS were involved in an intense affair against St Stithians in the quarters where the teams were deadlocked at 8 – 8 at full time which resulted in a golden goal ruling meaning that whichever team scored first would win. SACS hopes were dashed after Stithians were awarded a penalty that they buried into the SACS cage. SACS were shattered and mentally exhausted after that cup quarter decider. Later that evening they faced Bishops who beat them 8 – 5 in the Cup playoff. SACS played their last match against Paul Roos and won 5 – 4 to finish 7th place, the same position they finished in last year. Shane Fourie made the tournament team and youngsters Jordan Chait and Luke Schooling gained some experience at this tournament and handled the physicality of the sport well as they were both usually the smallest players on the team against their much larger opponents.

Clifton are improving in every tournament they feature in and have gotten the monkey off their back that is Grey High who have beaten them twice in a row prior to their cup qualifier this weekend. Clifton beat Grey High 11 – 10 to see of the strong EP team. Clifton topped their group above of SACS and finished fourth overall after a 6 – 3 loss to WP giants Reddam. Clifton will be heading to USA in June this year to play matches against various clubs and teams with aims to further improve their high standard of water polo. Goalkeeper Gareth May was exceptional at the back throughout for his team, Wyatt Edwards was amongst the top players for his team, and the two veterans Nicholas Downes and Dayne Jagga were picked for the tournament team in light of their match winning performances.

Bishops were the surprise package this year as they beat Grey High to finish 5th overall and Max Herbestein was named for the team of the tournament. Bishops beat SACS and from then on went on the up and up. Grey High finished sixth this year after they opened with a 16 - 9 victory over DHS before they were handed a 10 – 6 by champs St Stithians. Grey High bounced back to trounce Pretoria Boys 15 – 6 and were then pitted against KZN team Clifton who they barely lost to; surely a bright future ahead for the EP region.

2013 is the second time Reddam have been invited to the KES tournament and in both years they have finished third. Reddam’s 2013 KES tournament run included 5 victories and 1 loss in the Semi-final against St Stithians 10 – 8. Reddam scored 59 goals and Connor Kirsten only conceded 21 in 6 games at an average of 3.5 goals per game. Reddam’s Cracker Ash was on song for his team and contributed to the team through his hard work and consistency throughout. Junior and grade 10 pupil David Rom stepped up for the team and produced good performances alongside Kenton Mobey and Captain Tim Rezelman who were both picked for the tournament team. Chris Rezelman also performed to finish off a somewhat successful start to their major tournament season for Reddam. Reddam now look on to the Western Province water polo league knockouts.

Paul Roos finished 8th after a 5 – 4 loss to SACS in the Cup playoff. Paul Roos lost by one goal against Grey High, SACS, and St Johns 7 – 6. But Paul Roos are definitely on the list of rising water polo teams alongside, Jeppe, Pretoria, and St Albans.

St Andrews winning the plate section of the tournament did so in controversial circumstances. Inclement weather and lightning forced a lot of the games to be reduced in time with some games being cut by a whole chukka. But the main effected pool was Pool A where St Andrew’s needed to beat Maritzburg College by a clear 10 goals in order for them to surpass Bishops goal difference. Unfortunately for St Andrews their match was cut by four minutes leaving the final score 10 – 6. This result meant SAC were eliminated from the Cup competition, this for a team that had a healthy record of playing 6 winning 4 and losing one to semi-finalists St Johns and drawing 1.  St Andrews went on to win the Plate segment after a 6 – 5 victory over Jeppe. The team from Eastern Cape really showed their metal strength and their notable players came in the likes of Centre Forward Stuart Stopforth, Centre Back Scott Dormehl, and Nick Georgoulakis.

Next year KES should produce another spectacle and we’ll see more youngsters coming through the ranks, but this year belonged to St Stithians who were simply just a cut above the rest.

2013 KES Water Polo Tournament Team

Player School
Lwazi Madi St Stithians
Luke Hunter St Stithians
Claudio Fernandes St Stithians
Kyle Gibson Pretoria Boys
Cameron Johnson Grey High
Max Herbestein Bishops
Shane Fourie SACS
Nick Downes Clifton
Dayne Jagga Clifton
Kenton Mobey Reddam
Tim Rezelman Reddam
Dan Trninic St Johns
Roarke Olver St Johns

Player of the Tournament

Player School
Dan Trninic St Johns College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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