Gallery of pictures from March 7 & 8 of the FINA African Qualifier & CANA Zone IV Water Polo Championships in Durban on March 7-11.
The FINA U18 African Qualifiers and CANA Zone IV Water Polo Championships were held at Durban’s King’s Park Pool from March 7-11.
In the men’s event, Egypt, with four wins and two draws were the top team, but they were pushed by a never-say-day South African squad who ended with three wins, two draws and the vital 11-3 loss to the Egyptians in their opening game. The other two matches between Egypt and the hosts were 4-4 and 6-6 draws. Zimbabwe ended the tournament with six losses. Both Egypt and South Africa have qualified for the World Championships in Hungary later this year, but Egypt will go into that as Africa’s top seeded team.
In the women’s event, South Africa enjoyed three wins over Zimbabwe to qualify for the World Championships in Serbia later this year.
This is a selection of some of the better photos taken at the tournament, but galleries of other photos taken each day will also be posted over the next couple of days.
“Sportsmanship and respect for an opponent are what make good sportsmen great.”
It was no surprise that Glenwood, who suprisingly played their full first team, including matrics, were way too strong for the young and inexperienced DHS “stayers” team. In the end the 23-4 scoreline was a reflection of the experienced team of stars having too much firepower for a young team in the process of rebuilding.
A week after the overwhelming joy of beating the undisputed number one rugby school in KZN, DHS fell agonisingly short of wrapping up their most successful season in a long time when they were heartbreakingly beaten 25-22 by Westville at School’s Founders Day.
There can be little argument that DHS were the better team on the day, but by leaving three tries out on the field with last-pass mistakes, there is also a strong argument to be made for the host side not deserving the victory on the day.
A forward pass and two dropped passes with the try line begging meant DHS and Westville were locked in a dog fight for the win as the clock wound down. DHS’s stunning backline play has allowed them to become one of the most exciting teams on the schoolboy circuit this season.
On the foundation of that, and some brave play from a forward pack that refused to be bowed, it was cruel to have the last kick of their season earning Westville the victory.
Westville were certainly brave opponents and have to take credit for never giving up. Their cover tackling was at times heroic and it was this that kept them within range and enabled that final penalty to secure a victory the Highway boys deserved.
For DHS it was a heart-breaking end to a great season, and as this dream team heads away from the 15-man rugby fields they must look back with pride on a good season, rather than focus on the match that got away.