Strong aquatics programme leads to water polo premiership
On Saturday 31 March, the First VII defeated Scotch in the decider of the PSA Water Polo to claim the Dickinson Shield. Both teams were undefeated leading into the highly anticipated match with several players from both schools representing the State in previous national competitions.
Teacher in Charge of Aquatics Luke Farmer said the match lived up to expectations with many spectators commenting they had seen the best water polo match in PSA history. Mr Farmer congratulated the team including captain Will Brogan, Sam Hall, Charles Foster, Callum Campbell, Tom Cunningham, Andrew Ford and Charlie Moorman (Year 10), as well as coach Scott Chrystal, on their achievement.
Along with Charlie Moorman, Mr Farmer also recognised Hamish St George, Fergus McCleary, Nathan Quinsee, Alex Brogan, Shaun Tonkinson and Andrew Reynolds, who will form the nucleus to defend the PSA premiership in 2013.
Christ Church has now won three premierships over the past four seasons, and four in total since the water polo became an official PSA sport in in 2001. Mr Farmer said the water polo premierships went hand in hand with the School’s past five PSA Swimming premierships – demonstrating the strong aquatic culture at Christ Church was very much on track.
Mr Farmer acknowledged the work of the coaches and team managers who support the boys. “We are lucky to have the services of a number of highly skilled old boys including Scott Chrystal, who continues to work magic with the Firsts’ boys, and Richard O’Halloran who led the Second VII to an historic undefeated season as well as the Middle School A and B teams,” he said.
He also thanked David Cullingford (Middle School C Team coach), Chris Reynolds and Tom Van Beem (D team coaches) and team managers Andrew Jefferies, Jody Clarke and David Proudlove.
Award winners for 2012 season:
Jasper Cup for Best player (First VII): Tom Cunningham
Runner-up Best player: Andrew Ford
Coach’s Award: Sam Hall
Best player (Second VII): Will Terry
Runner-up Best player: John Zurakowski
Coach’s Award: Jack Nasi
Best Player (Middle School A Team): Euan MacDonald
Coach’s Award John Hedges
Best Player (Middle School B Team): Cameron Brown
Coach’s Award Rex Edwards
Best Player (Middle School C Team): Tom Oakley
Coach’s Award: Jack Davies
Best Player (Middle School D Team): Miguel Porteous
Coach’s Award: Leighton Dewar