KC win gru­elling test

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Kingswood Col­lege once again hosted its an­nual and pres­ti­gious Brian Baker 1st Girls’ Wa­ter Polo Tour­na­ment over the 2-4 Fe­bru­ary week­end.

Cre­ated in hon­our of the late Brian Baker, a pop­u­lar teacher who brought girls’ wa­ter polo to Kingswood, this year’s edi­tion fea­tured 12 teams from around the coun­try in ar­guably the most com­pet­i­tive and pop­u­lar event on the Girls’ Wa­ter Polo cal­en­dar.

Each team even­tu­ally ends up play- ing a gru­elling seven-eight games of four eight-minute pe­ri­ods.

Pear­son and Red­dam House (Con­stan­tia) emerged as the two strong­est teams af­ter the pool stages, with both en­joy­ing un­de­feated records that they took to the fi­nal. A se­ri­ous Red­dam took a 6-2 lead be­fore their op­po­nents made an im­pres­sive come back.

Pear­son lev­elled the scores at 8-8 in a won­der­ful spec­ta­cle of wa­ter polo.

How­ever Red­dam fi­nally stepped on the ac­cel­er­a­tor and even­tu­ally won 11-8. Kingswood also played some tena­cious wa­ter polo at their own event, in­clud­ing their last match, against DSG.

This Gra­ham­stown derby was a com­pet­i­tive and emo­tional af­fair with Kingswood’s clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing see­ing them over the line 11-6.

Over­all, the tour­na­ment was a suc­cess and gave each school some pos­i­tive vibes. Kingswood now looks for­ward to host­ing an event big­ger even next year, as they cel­e­brate their 125th an­niver­sary.

Fi­nal plac­ings:

Red­dam House (CT) Pear­son (PE) St Do­minic’s (JHB) Stir­ling (EL) Kingswood (GHT) DSG (GHT) Claren­don (EL) Col­le­giate (PE) Alex Road (PE) Glen­wood House SWD) Al­bany In­vi­ta­tional (GHT) Hud­son Park (EL)

Photo: Sup­plied

Amy Mills of the Kingswood Col­lege Girls’.

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