Water Polo players to make a splash again

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Michael Koupis PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

Water Polo is the latest sport that will be making a return following the hard lockdown in South Africa which started in March.

The sport, which is still relatively small in the Free State if one compares it to the major centres in the rest of the country, follows in the footsteps of football, rugby, cricket, athletics and the likes of, regarding the return to competitive matches.

A tournament will be taking place as of Friday in Johannesburg at various venues.

The event will feature teams from mainly Gauteng, but teams from the Free State will also be competing in this tournamanet and be giving the boys some much needed time in the pool.

The tournament will feature competitions in the U13, U14, U15 and U19 age group levels.

Free State will be sending a team in each of the age groups for matches which will run from Friday up until Sunday afternoon.

The U19s will play at St. Stithians, the U14 and U15 matches will be played at St. Benedict’s and the U13 will compete at the Wahoo Aquatics Centre.

Free State teams to play in Johannesburg:

Free State U13 – Waldo Konig, Ruben Kruger, Chad Leukes, Caiden Van Rensburg, Andrew Koupis, Xander Smit, David Hayidakis, André Herholdt, Fasie Grobbelaar, Alexi Tyropolis, Jacques van der Westhuizen, Franco van Heerden, Morné Smit. Coaches – Gerhard Oliver and Flos Pretorius.

Free State U14 – Sarel Cilliers, Machiel de Villiers, Liam van Wyk, Delarey Pretorius, Dian Venter, Gehan Nel, Jayden Leech, Matthys du Plessis, Theo Ioannides, MJ van der Heever, Stephan Jacobs, Joshua Pringle, Hanu Pieterse. Coaches – Nico Venter and Brendon Heyneke.

Free State U15 – Marno Stopforth, Roan Janse van Rensburg, Ranon Fouché, Luke Reynders, HJ Knepsheld, Schalk du Plessis, Christian van der Westhuizen, Keegan Scholtz, Gerrie Greyling. Coaches – Zandre Smit and Voughan Casling.

Free State U19 – Reneir Potgieter, AJ Burger, Eben Suterland, De Wet Vermaak, Cobus Moolman, Keenan van Rooyen, Michael Koupis, WJ Marais, MJ du Plessis, James Pringle, Regart Konig. Coach – Twyne Skein Manager – Shaun Human. – MORGAN PIEK