Chisipite Dominates Waterpolo Tourney
Chisipite Senior School hosted the national waterpolo tournament last weekend and won in all the age groups except in the Under 17s.
Hellenic Academy won the Under 17 gong to prevent Chisi from sweeping the stakes in all the girls' age groups after bagging the Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, and Under 19 games.
National teams were selected for each age group to travel to the Schools Water Polo South Africa (SWPSA) tournament in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on December 7-13.
Hellenic Academy's Montana Langridge was awarded the Jodie Lightfoot Memorial Trophy for being the most valuable player in the Under 17, the first time award was presented.
Lightfoot was a stalwart on the Zimbabwe waterpolo scene who lost her life in a car accident earlier this year.
The Under 19 MVP Trophy went to Hayley Smith of Chisipite.
Chisi’s dominance in the Zimbabwe U19 girls’ team, in which they have players like Alice Cochrane, Rebecca Jarvis and the Balneaves sisters Emma and Kim, is followed by Girls College of Bulawayo who celebrated the selection of three girls.
Both teams’ excursion across the Limpopo will culminate in the South Africa Schools Water Polo festival taking place in Port Elizabeth next month with the locals aiming to win the event for the first time.
While the national selection was largely lauded there were some murmurs at the omission of players from Prince Edward School in the boys teams who for many years dominated local water polo.
“I see a lack of PE boys. Don't they play water polo anymore?’ asked Peter Blair Whitfield after the squad was posted online.
Rob Templeton was also aghast: “No waterpolo at PE???’’ was his simple query.
Tara Ann Duffy-White was, however, content with the St John's College boys' team performance.
"Go Johns, brilliant effort!'' she cried.