Western Province teams continued where they left off on Thursday at Friday’s second day of the Telkom SA National Water Polo Championships in Durban.
After topping the tables in three of the four pools, the end of day two saw no change to those standings, although Western Province had a shock defeat in their second match of the day in men’s Section A.
The much awaited match up between defending champions CGA OJ Eagles and WP was a tense affair which the coastal team eventually won 10-8. After that result few would have bet against them having a clean sweep of victories, but there is always one team who upsets the apple cart.
In an even closer match, the last of the day in Section A, WP were defeated 6-5 by CGA Old Edwardians. That result has opened up Section A as only the winner and runner-up of both sections will contest for the two finals. Currently WP, CGA OJ Eagles and CGA Old Eds are all sitting on six points after each winning three out of four matches, WP topping the log with best goal difference.
WP play Border, OJ Eagles take on KZN who have won two of their four matches and Old Eds are up against bottom of the log CG A.
In Pool B, Western Province B are undefeated as are the team from the Free State. Border are currently sitting in third, but they have a game in hand and have won two and lost two, which could see KZN B slip past them but it is likely that the top two will stay there.
The women’s matches are a bit different, as their semi-finals take place on Saturday. Once again the teams from the WP are in contention. WP B take on Border A in the first semi-final whilst WP A are up against Central Gauteng A. So far WP A are undefeated (four wins from four matches).
Central Gauteng A top Pool A, but suffered a defeat on their way to the top. The other semi final will be contested between the two runner-up teams.
Saturday sees the first day of the Telkom SA Nationals Open Water Championships as the 10km race was scheduled at 9am and the 3km race follows at noon. Both events will take place at Midmar Dam.