Preparations are at an advanced stage as Johannesburg’s St Peter’s College prepares to host another exciting edition of the annual all-girls Old Petrians Water Polo tournament, which takes place from 22-24 February at the school’s Indoor Aquatics Centre in Sunninghill.
It’s the largest festival of its kind in South Africa, which sees independent and former Model C schools participating in a top-level Water Polo tournament. This will be the 4th year that St Peter’s will be running this prestigious event, in which 18 of the top water polo-playing schools in South Africa are participating.
St Peter’s College deputy headmaster, Rui Morais says: "One of the main reasons that we decided to establish a tournament of this nature, was to offer the opportunity for the girls to play in a prestigious water polo tournament.
"St Peter’s College offers them the opportunity to play in an exceptionally well run tournament in the best indoor facility in the country. We also fly in from various parts of the country the top referees in South Africa to officiate at this event, where in normal circumstances they are allocated to the boys, and the girls are given second rate officials."
The inaugural 2005 Old Petrians Water Polo tournament was won by Cape Town’s Reddam House (which took the trophy again in 2007), and brought together participants from 14 schools in four provinces as well as a school from Zimbabwe. East London’s Clarendon emerged champions in 2006. For more information, contact Rui Morais on 083 541 6876.
The schools participating are: