Pearson make splash at tourney

HANDS-ON: Pearson’s Slater Black in action against the SWD provincial team. Pearson won 10-2.  Picture JESS CANTER
HANDS-ON: Pearson’s Slater Black in action against the SWD provincial team. Pearson won 10-2. Picture JESS CANTER

Water polo teams give good showing at annual event

Pearson High School’s girls first team competed very successfully in the annual St Stithians Stayers’ Tourn ament in Johannesburg at the weekend, securing second place.

The tournament boasts the top 20 water polo-playing schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The team was placed in the pool of death with teams such as St Mary’s Waverly (JHB) and Durban Girls’ College.

After two fantastic wins against Rand Park and Fourways (both JHB) the team faced two tough games, going down to both Durban Girls’ College and St Mary’s.

This placed the team third in their pool, making the cross pool games a tough challenge.

As they ended third they had to fight for a place in the quarterfinals. They claimed their spot when they beat Eastern Cape rivals Clarendon Girls’ High School.

Pearson would next face No 1 in the country, Stirling High School, in the quarters.

The Pearson side had to dig deep and show lots of character to outplay Stirling but came out victorious.

They then went on to beat Crawford Lonehill (JHB) in the semis.

This meant they played hosts St Stithians College in the final.

Pearson had chances to capitalise and take full control of the game but could not finish and went down 6-1 to their hosts.

The St Stithians All Star team included four Pearson Grade 11 pupils.

Meanwhile, a total of 102 Pearson boys’ water polo players enjoyed a successful tour of George where they played fixtures against numerous teams from across South Western Districts.

Glenwood House, York, Oakhill, Outeniqua and SWD provincial teams were among the 21 teams that participated.

Pearson dominated by winning 10 out of the 12 games and in the process scored 99 goals while conceding 39.

Two of the Pearson teams remained unbeaten throughout the weekend.

The boys first team were undefeated against both the Glenwood and Outeniqua first teams and also gained an impressive 10-2 victory against the SWD provincial team.

Despite playing older opposition, the Pearson Boys U14A team won all three of their matches and gained impressive victories against York U15A (9-2), Outeniqua (8-2) and the SWD provincial side (11-1).

Pearson seconds obtained impressive victories against York first team (6-2) and Outeniqua first team (11-3) but went down to Glenwood firsts 4-2.

The U15 team, without the services of seven players who played for the schools first and second teams, managed to record good wins against Outeniqua U15A (12-1) and York U15A (8-7) while suffering a defeat to the Glenwood U15A team.

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