DHS and Westville did battle in the water polo pool in Durban on Thursday, writes KZN10.com’s Brad Morgan, with Westville claiming the honours in clashes between the U14A, U15A, 2nd and 1st teams.
Leading up to the main game, DHS made Westville work hard in each of the contests, but each time the visitors managed to put together a decisive chukka to claim the honours.
With a dominant opening half, the visiting Westville 1st team was able to come away with a deserved victory over a plucky DHS line-up (all images by Brad Morgan).
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In the U14A game, Westville finished strongly to record a 12-2 victory, in a contest which had been a lot closer until the finishing stages.
The U15A sides went blow for blow until the last chukka, when Westville scored 3 unanswered goals to break open a tight game to claim a 9-4 win.
After Westville had opened a small early lead in the 2nd team showdown, DHS fought back to reduce the deficit to 2-3, but Westville, as their younger age-group teams had done, finished well to secure a 6-3 victory.
In the clash of the first teams, Westville started confidently, forcing DHS into numerous errors with some stifling defence.
That, allied with strong play upfront, saw the visitors roar out to a 4-1 lead after the 1st chukka.
It didn’t get better for DHS in the 2nd chukka either, as Westville looked sharp, tacking on a further 4 goals without response.
At 8-1 down at halftime, DHS looked as if they were on their way to a hiding, but credit to the home team – a side made up mostly of grade 10 boys, according to DHS Director of Sport Nathan Pillay – as they powered their way back into the contest after the break.
Forcing turnovers and then hitting Westville with rapid counter-attacks, they ripped off 4 unanswered goals before the visitors were able to find a response.
It was 10-5 at the end of the 3rd chukka and when the teams shared the honours 2-2 in the final chukka it ended 12-7 to Westville.
Ultimately, it was a convincing Westville win, but DHS will take heart from a spirited showing in the 2nd half of the contest.
1st DHS 7-12 Westville
2nd DHS 3-6 Westville
U15A DHS 4-9 Westville
U14A DHS 2 -12 Westville