By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s senior men’s water polo players will be looking to repeat their 2015 EU Nations Cup victory in Poland this weekend.
Last year the South Africans ended up runners-up in the same competition and already they’re on the winning trail.
Their first two matches saw them beating Austria 13-4 and Scotland 10-6.
The Polish event will be part of the preparations for this year’s FINA Aquatic Championships in Hungary.
This year’s tournament has grown to 12 teams, and South Africa are in Pool B.
Those two victories mean they join the other four group winners to determine the overall winner.
Joining South Africa in the final gold medal round are last year’s EU Nations Cup champions, Malta, 2014 champs England, and the host nation Poland.
For this event, South Africa have given some of their senior players a breather, opting to bring some youngsters into the national teams to assist with development.
This sees Western Cape newcomers Kimon Haralambous and Chad Roman getting their first caps for the national team, as does KwaZulu-Natal goalkeeper Gareth May.
But there’s still plenty of wisdom in the team, especially in the shape of captain Pierre le Roux and younger brother Etienne, who give the world longevity new meaning as they are playing their 14th and 12th year respectively for the national outfit.
The full team: Lwazi Madi, Gareth May, Devon Card, Chris Brown, Nicholas Molyneaux, Chad Roman, Lood Rabie, Jason Evezard, Kimon Haralambous, Pierre le Roux, Etienne Le Roux, Simon Purchase and Nardus Badenhorst
Coach is Paul Martin, Assistant coach Andrew Duncan and the managerial duties are looked after by Doc Mkhabela.