Saints Water Polo Invitational 2017
Over the half-term weekend (19 _ 22 October 2017) 650 competitors will compete in 24th annual Saints Water Polo Invitational. The excitement begins at 12h45 on 19 October 2017 with a short welcome ceremony.
50 participating teams from schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, and Zimbabwe will compete in a total of 175 games. These teams include a Preparatory Invitation team from St Stithians Girls' Preparatory, a St Stithians Girls' College team, and a St Stithians Boys' College team.
The water polo players will also have access to medical facilities which will be in operation from within the main pool enclosure. This year's hospitality zone will feature a players' chill area, a hospitality tent for over 18s, and great food and drink offerings such as Prego Master, Amici Pizzeria, Chip 'n Dip, and more.
The Saints Water Polo Invitational will end on 22 October 2017 with the finals for the three age groups, and a prize giving ceremony. During this prize giving ceremony an All Star team is announced; the team is comprised of and voted for by the water polo coaches during the event.
All fixtures and tournament information is available on the Saints Water Polo Invitational app, which is available at www.saintsfestival.com.
Please note that fixtures are subject to change.
In 2016 Reddam House Girls’ Preparatory (Cape Town) took home the junior girls’ title, St David’s Marist Inanda Preparatory took home the junior boys’ title, St Stithians Girls’ College took home the senior girls’ title, and Rondebosch Boys’ High took home the senior boys’ title.
We extends a word of thanks to our Invitational sponsors. Namely,
- Maitland, our main sponsor, for the players' and officials' merchandise
- Amici Pizzeria for the dinner for the coaches and managers
- Conti for the water polo balls used throughout the tournament
- MyO2 for making their recovery gel available for usage for players in the physio area for free
- PNet for the towels for the All Star team
- Prego Master for providing a meal for each player
- Sportsmans Warehouse for the gazebos for the players' chill area
- Sun Vacation Club for their contribution to the goodie bag for the players
- The City Lodge Hotel Group for the shake bottles for the players and the travel mugs for the managers
Our aquatics centre will be a hive of activity with Prep and College water polo games over four action-packed days. Be here from 19 – 22 October 2017 for a great event, and a highlight in the school water polo calendar. The Saints Water Polo Invitational is the largest schools' water polo event in the world that is held at one venue, and you don't want to miss it.
Gallery images courtesy of Karen Prinsloo, Alexia Georgiou, Jennifer Everett, and Sienna Willemse.