Saints Water Polo Invitational 2018 Retrospective

October 22, 2018 | Campus

St Stithians College played host to the 25th Saints Water Polo Invitational from the 19th to the 22nd October 2018. The event offered four days of great water polo action, wonderful hospitality and lots of fun..in mostly sun.  Stormy weather on Saturday interrupted some of the fixtures, but the incredible organising committee had built in some time and after a delay, games were back up and running and finished on time on Saturday, albeit a bit later than planned.  

This festival of water polo boasts over 700 participants from 52 schools playing in 170 fixutres and is pegged as the largest single venue tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.  The St Stithians Aquatic Centre was certainly a hive of activity over the weekend and at the end of the day, water polo was the winner.  

Thank you once again to our generous sponsors Diners Club SA, Skyworth South Africa and Incredible Connection and to our vendors, without whom this event would not take place. Gratitude to all of the participating schools, the coaches, referees, parents, supporters and organisers who make this event such a huge success. 

Final results of our Saints Water Polo Invitational 2018 are as follows:

TEAM AWARDS 2018

Prep Section

Gold - Reddam House Girls' Prep (Cape Town) 
Silver - Durban Girls College (Senior Primary)
Bronze - St Mary's Waverley Prep

SPECIAL AWARDS - PREP SECTION
Marlise Pretorius (Durban Girls' Prep) - Best Attacker of the Invitational
Tanna Harrod (Reddam Prep) - Best Defender of the Invitational
Luvi Pizzimbone (Reddam Prep) - Best Goal Keeper of the Invitational

Girls' College Section

Gold - Pearson High School
Silver - St Stithians GIrls' College 
Bronze - St Mary's Waverley

SPECIAL AWARDS - GIRLS' COLLEGE SECTION

Jordan Wedderburn (St Stithians Girls' College) - Best Attacker of the Invitational
Dayna Bond (Pearson) - Best Defender of the Invitational
Zanne Smit (St Stithians Girls' College) - Best Goal Keeper of the Invitational

Boys' College Section

Gold - SACS (Cape Town)
Silver - St John's College 
Bronze - Grey High School (PE)

SPECIAL AWARDS BOYS' COLLEGE SECTION

Devon Laurenson (SACS) - Best Attacker of the Invitational
Jordan Thomas (SACS) - Best Defender of the Invitational
James Norman (St John's College) - Best Goal Keeper of the Invitational

At the close of the tournament, an "All Stars" Team is selected from both the Girls' and the Boys' sections.  Here are the "All Star" Teams:

THE GIRLS' COLLEGE "ALL STARS" TEAM and SPECIAL AWARDS

Jordan Wedderburn (St Stithians Girls' College) - Best Attacker of the Invitational
Dayna Bond (Pearson) - Best Defender of the Invitational
Zanne Smit (St Stithians Girls' College) - Best Goal Keeper of the Invitational
Kayleigh Boere (St Mary's Waverley)
Kiara Walsh (St Mary's)
Maxine Langenhoff (Reddam)
Yanah Gerber (Pearson)
Nerine Cloete (Pearson)
Boati Motau (Roedean)
Erin Harty - Pearson
Jennifer Everett (St Stithians)
Natasja Trotskie (St Stithians)
Jade Vaughan (Pearson)

THE BOYS' COLLEGE "ALL STARS" TEAM AND SPECIAL AWARDS

Devon Laurenson (SACS) - Best Attacker of the Invitational
Jordan Thomas (SACS) - Best Defender of the Invitational
James Norman (St John's College) - Best Goal Keeper of the Invitational
Stuart Grenfell (Grey PE)
Liam Stott (Jeppe)
Dane Tucker (St Stithians College)
Matthew Easton (Grey PE)
Calvin Kuperus (Jeppe)
Ryan Sneddon (Bishops)
Luke Sawkins (St John's College)
Simon Taylor (Clifton)
Jarred Boere (St John's College)
Liam Dawson (SACS)

Click here to download the final standings from the Saints Water Polo Invitational 2018

The Saints Water Polo Invitational is always a highlight on the St Stithians sporting calendar and this years event did not disappoint.  We thank all of our sponsors and vendors for their support of this event, without which it would not take place. We also thank all of the water polo committee, the organisers and operational teams for their hard work in making this event happen.  And finally, to all of the coaches, managers, referees, players and supporters for their hard work and support, we thank you for being a part of this year's invitational and look forward to welcoming you back in 2019. 

 

Photo Credit: Debbi Adcock