Sydney University broke a 28 year drought when they won the men’s Col Smee Under 22 State Championship to open the NSW winter water polo season at the weekend.
The team went through the five-round competition undefeated before accounting for arch rival, Balmain, 17-13 in the final at Cranbrook School pool on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the competition, Sydney Uni defeated:
- ACU Cronulla 10-6 ,
- Balmain 7-5
- Canberra Krackers 10-7
- Drummoyne Breakers 10-5
Sydney University’s Louis Schuler was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Will Smith the most valuable Goalie of the Tournament.
The Col See title was a prelude to the first round of the Winter Metro water polo competition at the weekend.
Sydney University defeated UTS Balmain 12-6 in their Round 1 Open Men’s 6 competition clash at Auburn Ruth Everess Aquatic Centre.
Graham Kelso led the scoring for the Students with five goals, while Theodore Laudoros bagged three and Lachlan McKenzie, Juan Cruz Sosa NovarraJ, Nathan Stone and Mate Vigh added the extras.
Sydney University and Canberra Dolphins drew 9-all in the opening round of the men’s Under 18 competition. University’s goals came from Orlando Mina (3), Campbell Warren (2), Cillian McGrath, Pavel Ilijic, Ryan Ford and Tobias Torrible.
Sydney University Roar defeated Sydney University Pride 8-6 in the men’s Under 16 Blues match; Sydney University Pride defeated Sydney University Roar 7-5 in the Under 14s, and in the Under 12s Sydney University Gold defeated UNSW Wests White 8-3 and Sydney University Blue defeated UNSW Wests Black 11-1.
In the Open Women’s Division 6, ACU Cronulla defeated Sydney University 12-6 in their Round 1 match at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre. Sydney University had the bye in the Women’s 7 competition.
In other women’s results, Sydney University Under 12s defeated Drummoyne Devils 12-2, Sydney University Under 16 Blue defeated Canberra Dolphins 12-0 and in the Under 16 Waratahs UNSW Wests Black defeated Sydney University 14-0, while Sydney University Gold defeated UNSW Wests Yellow 26-1.