Water Polo 2018/2019 season review
The Newington Firsts Water Polo team have completed an outright, undefeated Premiership double in the 2018/19 season for the first time since 2015. In what has become an increasingly competitive combined schools tournament our College’s best water polo players stood up to plenty of challenges and were unbeaten after eight gruelling rounds played across Term 4 and Term 1.
In Term 4, 2018, matches against St Aloysius College, St Joseph’s College and St Ignatius’ College provided heart-stopping and nail-biting moments for players, parents and coaches as the team won by the smallest of margins with minimal time remaining in each encounter. A goal in the dying seconds of the match against Joeys by the rangy number 4, Toby Goldschmidt was a highlight that stands out from the first half of the season.
Fast forward to 2019 and the team continued on their winning ways. However, an unconvincing win against Barker in Week 3 may have put some doubt in the supporter’s minds. The most telling match of the season was the hyped fixture between Newington and Scots College at Newington Pool on Saturday 23 February. The game resulted in a 10-4 boilover as the boys in black and white steamrolled their opposition in front of a big crowd. On the day, all members of the team played fantastic water polo. Year 10 star Andrej Grgurevic (10/FL) seemingly ‘had the ball on a string’ while our very own representative goalkeeper, Thomas Harris (12/MO) was unbeatable in the cage.
Director of Aquatics