Water Polo: Rivals Knights and Rams In Stalemate

On an overcast Saturday at the St John’s College pool, senior boys’ played their first water polo matches of the year 2015. The final game of the day had the hosts 1st team taking on Hellenic’s 1st team. After an evenly-matched game of continuous active defending and attacking, the fixture ended in a five-all draw. It was Hellenic’s strong defense led by the Knights’ goalkeeper, SSN’s man of the match Brett Bell, that kept them in the game against a determined St John’s side.

Brent Bell looks up to pass
Brent Bell’s antics in goal gave Hellenic a fighting chance against St John’s

In the first two chukkas St John’s were dominating the game, and a late penalty to the Rams caused the half to end 3-1 in their favour. The third quarter began with a St. John’s player leaving the pool with a serious nose bleed, a disruption that saw Hellenic score to come back into the game. Scores were level at 4-4 as the third chukka was concluded.

Chase Onorati passing
St John’s College’s Chase Onorati looks up to pass in the face of Hellenic’s defence

St John’s was the first to score in the last quarter of the match, but a defensive mistake lead Hellenic to equalize again. With two minutes left to play, St John’s were pushing forward trying to find a winner. However, Brett Bell’s solid consistency in goal prevented an opening. A decisive two-handed sink by Hellenic in front of goal denied Aiden Burnett a winning goal for his team. Burnett retaliated with a fist punch and the umpire reacted with a red card, sending him off the premises. The close game ended with a 5-5 draw, leaving a tense atmosphere in the pool area.

The previous 1st team matches saw Hellenic thump Peterhouse in a convincing 8-1 victory. St George’s beat Peterhouse 9-5, while St John’s beat St George’s 7-4.