CBHS Waterpolo

It has been a busy term for our four senior waterpolo teams. Waterpolo continues to grow year on year at CBHS due to the fantastic work that Dave Bone has been doing with the boys in the programme. Junior waterpolo starts again in Term 4

CBHS Senior Blue and Black
The Senior Blue and Black teams have played in a 4 team competition with St Bede’s for the last 6 weeks. Games have been evenly shared with St Bedes winning overall 7 win and a draw to 4 wins and a draw. The progress of our mainly year 9 and 10 players has been great to see

CBHS Senior B

The CBHS Senior B team has been playing in the B grade. They finished the round robin competition with 4 wins, and a narrow loss to St Bede’s B. In the final, again against St Bede’s, unfortunately we had our goalie and 4 field players out with COVID. St Bede’s went on to win 7-3.

The Senior B team then played in the South Island festival. Again with 4 players out with COVID and being placed in a  tough pool with St Bede’s A, CBHS Senior A and SBHS Senior A they lost all 3 games. However, they worked hard as a team and never stopped pushing the opposition. In their final playoff game they played STAC A. Again they went down but scored 5 magnificent goals against the A grade team. Thanks to the coaching of Tom Patten the team learnt some new skills and were starting to develop a great style of play.

CBHS Senior A

The A team have been playing in the Canterbury Competition. The first game was against Burnside High. CBHS proved too strong and took the game out 15-9. The next week saw SBHS Senior A and the team also put them away 14-5. STAC was next and a resounding 18-0 victory showed that the boys were on track and beginning to play well. Plenty of goals were being scored and shared amongst the players. Sam White the teams goalie managed to get out in the field for the last quarter and also get his name on the score sheet. The following week was meant to see a strong looking Christ’s College team front, however COVID in their squad saw them default. The two unbeaten teams in the competition, St Bede’s A and CBHS A now meet this week in the title decider.

At the South Island festival CBHS A was placed in pool A with St Bede’s A, CBHS B and SBHS A. A first up win over CBHS B lead to the second pool game vs ST Bede’s A. St Bede’s A are unbeaten in this grade since 2016. A tense and physical game was played. St Bede’s got out to an early lead 3-0 in the first quarter and then 4-1 at half time. A huge 3rd quarter saw the score even at 4-4. The last quarter was end to end stuff. CBHS missed several opportunities and a late goal from St Bede’s saw them leading with 15 seconds left. In the final second of play CBHS shot and unfortunately hit the cross bar and out to end the game.

This saw us qualify second in pool play and cross over to play Burnside in the semi-final. A convincing display by the team saw them win 17-4 and move into the final against St Bede’s again. Ben Donaldson with 6 goals, Ethan Hamilton 4, and Dallas Irvine and Ben Bone with 2 each leading the scoring.

The final was another huge game. This time CBHS got out to a fast start, goals to Eli Teokotai and Josh Persicos saw us leading 2-0.  St Bede’s then came back scoring 3 quickly to take the lead. Eli Teokotai and Dallas then scored goals as the lead was swapped during the second quarter. A tight third quarter saw Ben Donaldson score and only 1 goal from St Bede’s, the scores were locked at 5 apiece. St Bede’s came out strong in the 4th quarter scoring 2 quick goals to lead 5-7. CBHS then dug deep. Ben Bone scored from outside to close the gap to one. Eli then added a third for the game to make things even, and then Ben Donaldson finished off a nice tap in with 30 seconds left on the clock for CBHS to take the lead. Great defense saw us win the ball back and then we just had to wind the clock down for 17 seconds to take a well-deserved win. This was St Bede’s first A grade loss since 2016, and saw CBHS win the title.

The team is Sam White, Marli Hetutu, Ben Bone, Ben Donaldson, Eli Teokotai, Stefan Burrowes, Dallas Irvine, Harry Kearney, Robbie Carrell, Josh Persico, Ethan Hamilton

Coaches – Dave Bone and Timon Tasker, Manager – Vanessa Irvine

The A team now head away to NZ Secondary School Nationals to be held in Wellington April 27-30.