25 Oct 2016

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Two King's students and an Old Collegian were part of the national under-14 waterpolo club finals, played in Wellington over the October holidays.

Jack Gilleece (Year 9, Marsden) scored two goals in the final for the victorious Marist club side, contributing to a 11-5 defeat of Mountfort Park.

Campbell Hulbert (Year 10, Greenbank) was on the silver-medal winning Mountfort Park side and was their top scorer, notching up four goals in the final.

Hulbert was also selected for the tournament team, making him one of the six top players for his age group in New Zealand.

Old Collegian and former waterpolo premier captain for King's (2011) Jeremy Hunt was one of the coaches for the winning Marist side.

"I was very proud of my boys who won the under 14 national title. The hard work they have put into their trainings for the past ten weeks leading up to the tournament really showed me they were hungry to win it and during the four days of competition they showed great determination, passion and maturity to go through the tournament undefeated.”

Hunt, who is currently completing his Bachelor of Business and working full-time, says with talent like Hulbert and Gilleece the future of King’s College waterpolo is looking bright.

After investing his time in coaching this year Hunt is hoping to play in the Marist Senior Men’s squad next year and ultimately to represent New Zealand.

Teacher in charge of waterpolo, Ben Simperingham congratulated the players for their standout performances in a tough competition.

“The national U14 competition was of a very high standard this year so both players have achieved something special."

Campbell Hulbert

Campbell Hulbert. Image credit: New Zealand Water Polo, www.waterpolo.org.nz.


Jack Gilleece

Jack Gilleece. Image credit: New Zealand Water Pol, www.waterpolo.org.nz