WHILE their fellow Grahamstown school, St Andrew’s, was facing tough competition at the Grey High School water polo festival in Port Elizabeth, Kingswood College was off to Bloemfontein to play in the ITEC tournament at Grey College.
This was the third year that the Kingswood College 1st boys’ water polo team has competed at this prestigious water polo event on the schools water polo calendar. A total of 16 top boys school water polo teams from all over the country participated at this year’s tournament.
Kingswood played a round robin tournament format with St Alban’s and St David’s as well as against a very strong Clifton team. They started the tournament with their first match against St Alban’s, losing 6-1. But Kingswood grew from the experience with their second match against St David’s starting very strong, with Kingswood scoring the first two goals. Kingswood ended up losing a very hard fought match 7-4.
Kingswood boys then came up against Clifton from KZN – highly rated favourites to win the tournament. In the last pool, the Kingswood boys stepped up and had their best match holding Clifton to a 1-1 halftime score. The last chukka of the match was strongly contested and Clifton, with a more experienced team of boys ended up beating Kingswood 7-2.
This meant that Kingswood would play for positions 13-16 against Glenwood House, St Peters and Parktown and this is where their tournament began in earnest. The boys grew as these matches were playing, winning against Glenwood house 7-2, against St Peters 5-1 and Parktown 3-2. Kingswood placed 13th overall out of 16 teams.
Kingswood also had three players of the match awards with Scott Smith, Richard Rautenbach and Thomas Klopstra all winning these achievements. Congratulations to all three of these boys.
After a very successful water polo tournament and very good preparation and experience gained by all the boys, they look forward to the upcoming Selborne Vides and SAC Shield Water Polo Tournaments in the very near future.