Water Polo | Round 14

T. Rathbone


Last Friday Trinity played three matches against St. Joseph’s College to complete the 2020-2021 Water Polo season. The 16As match commenced the evening and it was a close encounter, with St. Joseph’s College prevailing in the end. The 2nd VII and 1st VII matches which followed were also tough matches. In the 1st VII fixture Trinity struggled to get themselves in the match, falling behind 1-4 after the first quarter. However, in the second quarter, Trinity fired home six unanswered goals and led the match 8-4 at half time. Trinity continued in the second half scoring fifteen goals to six for a final scoreline of 23-10. Congratulations to all teams on the season. A special thank you to all the Year 12 students for their commitment and service to Water Polo across many years. Thank you to Matthew Robertson (12Du) for leading admirably as Captain of Water Polo for 2020-2021. Matthew led in a selfless manner and was a positive role model to his younger peers. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

1ST  VII | WON 23-10

The 1st VII started the match slowly with a St Joseph’s College team seemingly ‘in the zone’ and scored several unanswered goals to a stunned Trinity team. The Trinity team took some time to get into the match. At the first quarter break they were down two goals to four. Pleasingly, Trinity used the break to regain their composure and went back to the tactics and strategies that had seen them perform successfully across the season. The second quarter was a huge shift in the momentum of the match and saw Trinity score six unanswered goals. The team continued to play some impressive Water Polo in the second half and they ended with a 13 goal victory. Throughout the season, Trinity scored the highest number of goals of any 1st VII team. However, the team must reflect on the easy goals that some opposition, including St Joseph’s on Friday evening, scored. If the team are to be in contention for the Premiership next year they must strive to improve the goals conceded to be as equally  impressive as the goals scored. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

2ND VII | WON 15-5

In the last game of the season Trinity easily overcame St. Joseph’s College 15-5. Trinity were a little unsettled at the start of the game, perhaps due to the game being the final game for the Year 12 players, and so we missed a number of scoring opportunities early in the game. As the game progressed the team settled down and made the most of the opportunities that were presented to them, achieving a half time score of 6-2. The second half continued in the same vein, with Trinity outscoring St. Joseph’s 9-3. It is difficult to single out any one or two players for special mention as the result was due to a real team performance. All Trinity players are to be congratulated for not reacting to the physical play of the opposition and continuing to play water polo in spite of, at times, considerable provocation. Well done to the lads for sticking to the task. Goal scorers for Trinity were Euan Germanos (12He) and  Daniel Seo (12Du) with three goals each, Alan Weston (12Ta), William Lenard (12St), Lewis Potter (11Fo), and David Gabriel (12Hi) all scoring two, and Duncan Feng (12Mu) with one goal. Finally, congratulations on a great season finishing third behind Newington College and The Scots College.  

Ray Swinnerton | Coach 

16A | LOSS 3-9

The 16As played in a very physical encounter against St Joseph’s College last Saturday. Trinity, unfortunately, found the physicality quite uncomfortable and the team made some uncharacteristic errors which led to some easy goals to be conceded and ultimately a score line not reflective of the closeness of the match. The team is to be commended for their positive attitude, discipline and commitment throughout the course of the match. The 16As have developed both individually and collectively, and they have improved throughout the season. Many 16As players will be vying for a 1st VII team spot over the next couple of seasons and this is encouraging to note. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

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