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Rondebosch make a splash

by Jason Acar
17 Oct 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

SACS was invaded by u/13 waterpolo players from all around South Africa to take their shot at glory in the SACS u/13 Waterpolo Tournament.

The prestigious event was run for the eighth time and saw 18 top teams competing for the trophy. This year it was the local southern suburbs schools who rose a head above the rest as they dominated the pool games and featured heavily in the final stages of the competition.

The first quarter-final saw Bishops and Western Province Prep go head to head in the water. A solid performance by WP Prep secured them a 2-0 victory over Bishops to cruise into the semi-final.

The second quarter-final between the hosts, SACS, and Grey PE provided a more intense encounter. At the end of the two six minute half, the score were tied at 1-1. The game then went into extra time, which consisted of two three minute rounds. Both teams were strong in defence, with both coming agonisingly close to a goal on the odd occasion. But with time winding down, SACS managed to smash one into the back of the net and wound down the clock to move ahead.

Clifton from Durban swam into a brick wall when they came up against Reddam in their quarter-final clash. Reddam controlled every aspect of their game, out-swimming, out-shooting and out-thinking their opponents to crush Clifton 6-0.

The defending champions, DPHS, were up against Rondebosch Prep in the last quarter-final, which was extremely close.

The momentum swayed back and forth, but it was the local boys who came out on top, winning the game 3-2.

The tournament was guaranteed to have a local victor as four southern suburbs teams were left in the semi-finals.

Each team could sniff victory and hard fought games followed. WP Prep and Reddam hammered back and forth in the pool in search of goals and after ending the game in a deadlock it was too close to call. Reddam used their last ounce of energy to take the advantage in extra time, eventually winning the game 3-2.

SACS and Rondebosch were searching for the last spot in the final, and after yet another close game, thing would be decided in extra time. Rondebosch took the lead and despite some pressure from SACS, Rondebosch made the final cut.

The stage was set for Reddam and Rondebosch and the player rewarded the spectators with a heart-stopping game.

Waves of attack came from both sides throughout the match, but Rondebosch had their noses just in front of their opponents. At the final whistle, Rondebosch were declared the 2007 champions, winning the game 3-2.

This year saw two new trophies introduced and were given for the most individual goals, as well as most team goals.

The most individual goals trophy was shared by Joshua Stubbs (Reddam) and Storm Smith (Rondebosch) who slotted 21 goals each, while SACS took the most team goals trophy for their 50 goals.

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