Reddam CT win 44th Vides
By Joe Clarke
Now in its 44th year, the country's longest-running schools water polo festival , Selborne College's Vides Water Polo Tournament lived up to expectations when 20 of South Africa's leading polo playing schools battled it out at the College and Primary's pools this weekend.
Having retained seven members from last year's side, Reddam Constantia avenged their penalty shoot out loss in the 2019 final against the same opponents, St Andrew's, with a resounding 12 - 3 turn around on Sunday. The Cape Town school's coach, Ryan Weideman said he was happy with his side's dominant performance, however not everything went to plan, "We let our nerves get the better of us in the first chukka and made too many unforced errors. We then played with patience and vision, creating more options on offence," he added.
History also repeated itself for the hosts, when they once again came up against St Andrew's in their quarter-final clash on Saturday. Having lead the match up until the end of the third chukka (4 - 3), Selborne were unable to follow through and turn the tables on last year's result, succumbing 7 - 4.
Preceding their quarter-final loss, Selborne had gotten off to a thunderous start to their campaign on Friday when they found themselves in a commanding lead (5 - 1) against one of the tournament favourites, Paul Roos. Unable to close out the match they went down 6 - 5.
Wins against Grey Bloem (6 - 4) and Pearson (7 - 4) ensured the team finished in a respectable fifth position.
Selborne Coach, Dale Heath was understandably disappointed after the Paul Roos and St Andrews defeats, "It's a problem we haven't overcome in the last year, seeing games through, it's one area in particular in which we aim to improve. I was pleased with the boys following placement matches to finish in fifth."
Grey PE beat Paul Roos (10 - 8) in securing third while local teams Stirling and Selborne Collegians (2nd team) finished in 14th and 18th respectively.
In commending yet another hugely successful Vides tournament, the Champions' coach Weideman said, "Tournament organiser, Mike Cousins along with his staff and parent committee went out of their way to assist us with anything we needed and have always made us feel at home."