Premier Team Victorious Over Competition Favourites

Glendowie was the place to be on the evening of Sunday, 14 February as the King’s College Premier Water Polo side encountered perennial competition favourites, Sacred Heart College in their home pool.

It is always a tough place to play as the entire Sacred Heart College (SHC) boarding community come down to the pool and provide extremely vocal support, which makes it a very intimidating arena to play in. On this occasion, however, the locals were outnumbered by King’s supporters who had answered the call to get to the game and were making enough noise to raise the roof.

We had an ideal start to the game when Amosa Gould anticipated a block from an extra man defence and left early to counter attack. His quick thinking gave him a lot of time to execute a flawless one-on-one as he faked twice then shot the ball straight over the SHC's keeper’s head. On the next attack Jasmin Kolasinac found space at the left hand post and made no mistake from close range. Our next goal was close to a repeat of the first, with recently-crowned intermediate swimming champion Amosa Gould again quick off the mark, leaving man down defence to create a counter opportunity. However, this time a SHC defender managed to catch him from behind as he approached the goal and a penalty was awarded. Jasmin Kolasinac converted the penalty and we found ourselves in the unchartered territory of a three goal lead against SHC. The opposition scored next from a counter attack but Jake Parker Allen provided Jasmin Kolasinac with another opportunity to convert from close range when he found his teammate alone on the right post and he made no mistake. The last goal of the quarter went to the SHC centre forward, so it was 4-2 in our favour at the break.

The second quarter started off badly for us and got progressively worse. SHC scored four consecutive goals and were looking ominous as they managed to convert several extra man attacks and their mid-range shooters started to find their mark. At 7-4 down it was once again Jasmin Kolasinac who put the ball in the net as he showed the pace that made him school 50 and 100 metre freestyle champion, and coverted a counter attack down the left hand side of the pool. Jake Parker-Allen was next to score as he found himself in space with the ball on the left of the goal after a set move had gone wrong. SHC scored again to close out the half leading by 8-6.

There was so much noise in the pool as the two sets of supporters worked at 'out chanting' each other. Coach Jim Floerchinger took the boys out of the pool for the half-time team talk. The third quarter saw King’s start to dominate on defence and making the better of the opportunities on attack. We scored the only two goals of the quarter, both to Connor Tomoana, one of which was a pearl from around the nine metre mark.

With the score locked at eight apiece and the momentum going our way, a defensive mix up which allowed SHC to get their nose in front at the start of the fourth quarter did not dampen the spirits of the King’s team. Concerted attacking efforts created a number of extra man attacks, eventually Jackson Astley fought hard to recover a loose ball and provided a quick pass to Keith Spencer Edgar who pulled the goalie far to his left then shot into an empty net. That put the scores back to even with two and a half minutes left to play. It came down to a final extra man attack which Jake Parker-Allen scored from a tight angle from the two metre line on the right of the SHC goal. SHC took a final timeout but as had been the case for the whole second half, keeper Ben Goodwin and his defence were up to the task and we held onto possession for the last 20 seconds to hold our one goal lead and score our first ever victory over Sacred Heart College.

King’s College 10, Sacred Heart College 9.