Bronze Medals for the Polo Team at Clarendon

October 19, 2017 | Girls’ College | Author: adapted from reports by Bruno Fernandes

The 2017 Clarendon Tournament was the first of many tournaments for the "new unit" team, where 7 new players were called up to play in the First Polo Team.  According to team statistician Bruno Fernandes, "6 long games played over three days with lots of water-time helped shape this team and prepare for the big Saints Invitational that starts over half term."  The girls went into the tournament in East London with the goal of reaching the semi-finals and managed to come away with a 3rd place and Bronze medal. For many of the girls this was their first tournament medal. 

St Stithians 1st Team

Tournament conditions were "cold, windy and rainy" and games were played in a freezing cold swimming pool.  This always builds resilience!

Coach Pierre le Roux organising the play

Tournament results - Clarendon Stayers

  1. Pearson
  2. Stirling
  3. St Stithians
  4. Collegiate
  5. Clarendon
  6. Hudson Park
  7. Clarendon 2nds
  8. Tournament Invitational

In the semi finals - St Stithians lost to Pearson 6-8 and Stirling beat Collegiate 5-4.  In the playoff for 3rd and 4th team St Stithians beat Collegiate 6-2 and Pearson beat Stirling 10-7. St Stithians are still no 1 in the country!

Congratulations to the following girls who were identified as the "player of the match" in the lead up games to the Semis:  Una Donnelly, Kate Hinrichs, Jordan Wedderburn and Tasja Troske.  Congratulations to Kate Hinrichs who was awarded the "player of the tournament" award which she shared with fellow SA player Hannah Reid from the Eastern Cape.  

Kate Hinrichs - Player of the Tournament

We wish the following girls all the best for the upcoming Saints Invitational this half term:

Nicolle Cronje, Jordan Wedderburn, Isabella Forbes, Jennifer Everett, Leila Fernandes (Captain), Zanne Smit, Tasja Troske, Cassidy Hanna, Olivia Simm, Zoe-Blu Mottram, Alexia Galatis (Vice Captain), Una Donnelly, Kate Hinrichs.

Of course this is not possible without the wonderful support of our famous Saints Supporters!

Famous Saints Supporters

Photographs - courtesy of the Whatsapp group