I watched some of the 4 day/ 20 team Wynberg BHS u15 Water Polo tournament (Melliar Cup) this weekend. I’ve travelled all over the world, and can honestly testify that the event was world class, the quality of play world class, and the school spirit / ambience the best I’ve ever seen for any u15 tournament ever. Pierre Le Roux and Vlado Trinic’s team from St. John’s were worthy winners and played solid skillful and entertaining water polo all weekend. A huge congrats to Roland Rudd for organizing and putting together such a great event. Congrats also to Coaches Winton & Vincent for putting together a great little wynberg u15 team (one that would probably rival my 1999 team). Beating arch rival SACS 8-1 for third place was the highlight of my weekend. Its great to see Wynberg is creepits it way back into the top echelons of SA water polo. Supera Moras!!!
It’s been a really long time since I went back to WBHS to watch water polo, and for me one of the best parts was catching up with so many of my old players, old school friends, and old water polo colleagues. Its great to see former old boys who played for me like Julian Vincent and Justin Van Winkel now teaching at Wynberg and coaching. Giving back is what its all about. It was also awesome catch up with Ian Melliar. I first met Old Melly when used to ref me in the pool almost 16 years ago when I was a wynberg boy. Seems Daniel Ramage is following in the Melly’s footsteps as another future international ref from Wynberg. Was also good to have current SA mens international Nicolas-Jon Molynuex on deck, even if he did lose the fan swim competition :P.
As usual all the same old coaches from all the old schools were still around the pool deck – Steve La Marque from Maritzburg College, Brad Rowe from Clifton (ex DHS), Vlado from St. Johns, Scholtz from Grey, Bryan Webster at Saints… even the old coaches like Chris Jones at SACS, Gary Endly at Rondebosch, and Alan Footman made it down. The schools water polo community in South Africa is filled with legends who’ve all been around for years, and done so much for the sport! We have an abundance of talent in South Africa, but its such a pity that the administrators from Swimming SA screw things up so much. You know what happens when you mix politics and sport – you get arschenschnoddles.
Anyway today I’m still a very proud Wynberg old boy and South African. This weekend is the SACS 18u tournament which sounds like it too will be another cracking tournament. Hopefully the Cape Town September weather will hold out.