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Eagles, WP win titles

The CGA OJ Eagles retained their title as champions when they crushed Western Province 7-3 on the final day of the Telkom SA National Water Polo Championships in Durban.

It was the super talented Etienne Le Roux who scored four of the seven as Eagles took the trophy home again, while Joao De Carvalaho and Nardus Badenhorst also scored. After missing a penalty, Pierre Le Roux made up by scoring the last goal of the match.

Western Province played a phenomenal match but their strong attacks were stopped short by the skilled Eagles goal keeper, Dwayne Flatscher. In the end, two goals from captain Duncan Woods and David du Plessis made it to the score board.

In the men’s B Section final, an unbeaten Western Province B team proved the better side when they came out victorious against KZN B with a 9-6 win.

In the women’s final, the Western Province A team were crowned champions after a tough match against Western Province B.
WP A opened the scoring and continued to lead throughout the game with goals from Kimberley Schmidt, Megan Schooling, Lisa Shirrat, Mymoenah Gamiet, Shelley Faulmann and two fantastic goals from Jemma Dendy-Young. WP B managed to come back with two goals of their own from Kim Kay and Cayley Tonkin but it was too late as the final score was 7-2 in favour of the A Team.

For the position place play-offs, Central Gauteng A defeated Border A 8-4 and took the third spot.

Meanwhile at Midmar Dam, the Telkom SA National Open Water Championships finished with the 5km races. Natalie du Toit did it again as she came first in the women’s race with a time of 1:07.55. Nicole Brits came a close second in 1:07.57, with Dominique Dryding claiming the bronze (1:08.17).

In the men’s race, it was a battle to the finish as Chad Ho and Troyden Prinsloo shared the gold for the day, both finishing with a time of 1:01.00. The bronze went to Danie Marie who ended with 1:04.12.

The Telkom SA National Open Water Championships is the selection event for the OWS World Championships in Roberval, Canada, 15-23 July. As per FINA Rules, only two athletes from each country may enter in the 10km and 5km races. Swimming SA will select and announce the team shortly.

Monday sees the start of the Telkom SA National Swimming Championships and Commonwealth Trials with heats beginning at 9.30am and finals at 5pm at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre daily.