04 May 2022

Wednesday 04 May 2022

King's Water Polo has had a successful summer season, achieving 3rd overall in the Auckland Premier League and 6th in the NZSS Premier Championship while our Senior C team have achieved first place in the Auckland C grade competition. 

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Premier Boy’s Team

This past week the team played 7 games overall, winning 5 and losing 2. We lost to the eventual champions, Rangitoto College (3-10) and to the runners up, Hamilton Boys High School (9-17).

After defeating St. Peter’s College (10-15) and Christchurch Boys High School (12-4) in the pool competition, we needed to beat Westlake Boys High School in order to play for 5th place.

This season we were quite evenly matched with Westlake having won 2 from 3 matches. After a tense game, the team won the match with a close score of 9-8.

This put us in the playoff for 5th against our long-standing nemesis Sacred Heart College, a team we have struggled to beat for many years. Despite the rivalry, the team played with the best performance seen throughout the tournament. We were down by one goal for a long time in the 4th quarter and had several chances to tie up the score. Unfortunately, Sacred Heart came out with an 8-11 win. Despite the loss, both teams were extremely proud of their performance and were flattered by such strong competition. A respected effort that other teams congratulated us for. The boys did themselves and the College proud and ended the tournament off on a high note. 

Daniel Simunic


Senior C Team

With the number of available and talented team members, the C team entered the competition on a strong foot. Starting the competition off with a 6-6 draw against Glendowie College, the team moved on with back-to-back wins against every competitor for the remainder of the season. 

Training occurred twice a week in the College pool with Mr. Jim Flochenger where his coaching expertise was used to a great advantage. It was an enjoyable experience for both coaches and players to compete in each game, especially considering the restraints of covid, cultural groups and other sporting commitments. 

A big thanks to coaches Mr. Jim Floerchinger and Mr. Kian McAllister-Sim and team manager, Mr. Leith Menzies for supporting the team throughout the season. 

Congratulations must go to all the team members for their sterling efforts in winning this Auckland C Grade Competition. 

The Games:

V Glendowie College. 6-6 draw.

V Saint Kentigern College. 10-1 win.

V Auckland Grammar School. 7-0 win.

V Saint Kentigern College. 4-3 win.

V Howick College. 8-3 win.

V Sacred Heart College. 10-2 win.

V McLeans College. 6-1 win.

The Team: Sam Anderson (Year 12, Marsden), Ben Davies (Year 11, Averill), Oliver Wright (Year 12, Marsden), Sam McKay (Year 11, Greenbank), Yonas Mitchell (Year 11, Greenbank), Finn Priddy (Year 11, Marsden), Juliette Kay (Year 11, Marion Bruce), Lucy Hawke (Year 11, Marion Bruce), Emre Soydinc (Year 10, Averill), Harry Lambert-Irwin (Year 10, Parnell), Daniel Luxton (Year 10, Parnell), George Crawford (Year 10, Peart), Alex Lamb (Year 11, Taylor), Reefe O’Halloran (Year 9, Marsden),  Elliot Westbury (Year 11, Peart), Felix Hellriegel (Year 9, Marsden), Sheryl Cheng (Year 11, Middlemore).

Leith Menzies