GYC girls have gone back-to-back as the winners of the College Girls’ water polo competition. It is only the third time in GYC history that back-to-back wins has been achieved.
This year the girls played Rosny College in the final which coach Mr Peter Kube described as the “classic clash between the champion team and the champion player”. He was high in his praise for the manner in which the GYC girls played as a team, engineering their win by commitment, effort and a belief that they could win. Rosny had one outstanding player in whom the team placed great confidence.
It was a nail-biter of a game. At half-time, GYC was down 2-4. The final score was 5-4.
Mr Kube said that while the GYC game plan called for desperate defence and structured play, in reality the players had to respond to the situation.
“Whoever was at hand needed to contain the Rosny star,” he said. “And what a challenge! Somehow the GYC players concocted a defence of following and subduing, and eventually her influence on the game faded.”
He was effusive in his praise of the whole team.
“If asked who was the best play, the answer is simple: Frances, Madeline, Claudia, Zoey, Isabella, Anna, Charlotte, Brooke and Paola. Each player was the team’s best and fairest.”
The GYC spirit shone brightly at the Hobart Aquatic Centre that night – Friday 5 August.
“The girls displayed the GYC values of teamwork, hard work and generosity. The victory brought great credit to the girls and to GYC.”
The girls were supported by a large number of peers and friends who helped create a fantastic atmosphere.
GYC had two girls’ teams in this year’s competition – Red and Blue. Although they didn’t make the finals, the Red team players enjoyed their competition.
For the first time in many years, a boys’ team did not compete.
coach: Peter Kube manager: Sandra Guerzoni
photos: Zain Wright and Penny Edman