Western Province Water Polo – showcase high quality school boy waterpolo
The weekend of the 7th March 2015 saw the annual highlight in the South African Schools Water Polo calendar. Teams of all ages congregated in the bustling city of Johannesburg for their relevant tournaments.
The u14s were hosted by Jeppe High School at the Ken Short Tournament, Parktown Boys High hosted the u15s’ Indigo Tournament and the u19 KES Tournament took place at King Edward VII School.
These tournaments have become prestigious water polo fixtures due to the fact that they have all been running for many years. Being what has become the biggest school water polo weekend of the year, these tournaments are considered by the schools around the country as the most prominent tournaments to win in each age group. The top teams from all around the country are invited to take part. Suffice it to say that this is the most competitive Schools Water polo weekend in the Southern Hemisphere!
Marred only by the typical late afternoon thunder showers on each of the days where play needed to be delayed by about an hour, each tournament ran exceptionally smoothly. This was thanks to dedicated hard work and planning by each host as well as the professional level of refereeing and good sportsmanship of each team.
Water polo is South Africa’s fastest growing sport and this was clearly illustrated by the step up in competitiveness of the schools usually not known to be top Water polo schools and the ever-increasing level of professionalism and depth of our referees.
In the past, the finalists have been very evenly spread throughout the provinces. This year saw only Western Province and Gauteng featured in the finals. Top Cape Town rivals Rondebosch and Bishops Diocesan College met in both the Ken Short and Indigo Tournament finals (u14 & u15) and top public school SACS facing Gauteng’s lone representative, St Johns, in the KES Tournament final.
The Cape Schools all shared the spoils with convincing wins in each final. Rondebosch took the u14 title, Bishops Diocesan College overcame the ‘unbeatable’ Bosch u15 side in the Indigo tournament and SACS won the prestigious KES Tournament.
Is there currently concentrated talent in the Western Cape or could it be that the management and culture of water polo is improving faster there than elsewhere in the country. 2016’s results will show how the rest of the provinces react to WP’s clean sweep.
For now though, the pressure is on for the Western Province Water Polo sides to have wins across the board at the upcoming Nationals Tournament as they have now firmly established their dominance in Boys Water polo for 2015.