GREY High took the honours in the St Andrew’s Shield water polo tournament in Grahamstown at the weekend, defeating the hosts 9-3 in the final.
The Grey side made a flying start and led 2-0 after just two minutes. The team maintained that momentum as the game progressed, pressuring their opponents into making too many errors.
Connor Timm was the proverbial rock in goals and made many outstanding saves as Grey delivered a superb team performance to take the title.
Matt King was exceptional in the final and was well supported by his teammates.
Captain Jason Evezard, Keegan Weidmann and King were selected for the team of the tournament.
In the preliminary rounds, Grey began the tournament with a reversal of the previous weekend’s result when they recorded a convincing 5-2 victory over Selborne.
They followed that up with wins over Westerford (4-2) and Stirling (10-5) before a loss to Glenwood.
That clash was a game of two halves, with Grey trailing by four goals before they clawed their way back into contention. But it was a case of too little, too late, losing 9-7.
The quarterfinal against the fancied Reddam House side proved to be a tight encounter.
Leading 4-3 with only 20 seconds to go, Grey conceded a goal which meant it came down to a penalty shoot-out to decide the winners.
Three consecutive saves by Timm saw Grey win the shootout 4-3.
Grey faced Selborne again in the semifinals and a calm and structured approach saw them hold their nerve to win 4-3.
-The Herald Reporter