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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:31

Water Polo: St.Mary's Waverley- In a Class of Their Own

With the amount of competition in school sport these days, it is sometimes rare to find one school that is totally dominant in a particular sport and even more unique if the team hails from an all girl school.


St Marys Waverley water polo teamHowever St.Mary’s Waverley have produced one of the most memorable water polo season’s in their history this year and have completely dominated the sport going unbeaten in 17 matches against some of the strongest opposition in the country.

Head Coach Kelsey White has been able to produce a team of motivated players who have played their hearts out and raked in four of the biggest titles in girls’ water polo.

Their 2014 season started with them winning the Old Mutual Prestige Cup which saw them beat Roedean and St Peters College along the way. They also pocketed R30 000 which they will plough back into swimming and water polo development.

Next they took the Summer Splash Tournament and showed once again that they were a cut above the local Gauteng opposition. However to be truly viewed as the best you have to beat the best and they quickly underlined their dominance at the National Aquatics Festival which was hosted by Clarendon High School for Girls. For the third time in as many years St. Mary’s outclassed teams from all over South Africa with Captain Emma Hardham deservedly being named Player of the Tournament and Tayla Diepenbroek, the St.Mary’s goalkeeper being named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

However more was to follow as the cream of girls water polo assembled for the Old Petrians Tournament at St. Peters College. Fighting their way to the finals they took on the Cape powerhouse Reddam and despite being down 5-2 going into the final chukka managed to draw level at 5-5 and force a playoff which they won. It was a massive victory in the biggest and most competitive girls water polo tournament in the country and a great reward for the hours of training, sacrifice and hardwork put in by the team.

Add to their success the Reef Cup and it is clear that the 2014 St Mary’s Waverley side is arguably the finest team that they have ever had and with many of the team still in Grade 11 it will come as no surprise to see them just as dominant for some time to come.

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