DSG U14 side earning respect in pool
THE DSG U14 water polo team have established themselves as one of the leading outfits in the Eastern Cape following some quality performances recently.
After their success in the Peter Cuff tournament in East London, where they beat Stirling to win the title, they got the better of Pearson at the weekend.
The Pearson side showed their credentials in the recent Roedean tournament in Johannesburg, where they finished sixth -- the best of the Eastern Cape teams.
DSG controlled the game from start to finish in the DSG Indoor Aquatic Centre on Saturday, running out comfortable 7-1 winners.
DSG teams also competed against Alexander Road and Woodridge at the weekend.
Pearson High showed why they are one of the top schools in the country with a 12-1 win over DSG.
However, the other matches were far more competitive and DSG won 10 of the 15 matches they played.
It was in the junior divisions, especially, where DSG showed their strength, winning seven of eight matches in the U15 and U14 age groups.
DSG also hosted United Kingdom school Ipswich High, who toured the Eastern and Western Cape.
The visitors brought two U16 netball teams and an U16 hockey team. DSG pitted their U15A and U15B netball teams against the tourists and came out on top in both matches, winning 23-7 and 23-6 respectively, while the DSG U14A hockey team ran out 4-1 victors.
Reflecting on the matches, DSG director of sport Chris Hibbert said: “It is always tough playing unknown opposition and, being out of season as well, it meant we asked a lot of our girls.
“Although rusty in the early stages of the matches, the girls showed great character and performed superbly to outplay the touring opposition.
“It was, of course, more about meeting new people and exposing our girls to a different sporting experience.
“It was wonderful to have the girls from Ipswich High join us in Grahamstown and all the games were played in a wonderful spirit.”
SPORTING MILESTONE: DSG headmistress Shelley Frayne congratulates Mia van der Nest on earning 100 caps for the first water polo team