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SSA Water Polo Champs


The QSS Girls U17 Team won the School Sport Australia Water Polo Championships held in Canberra last month. This was a historic win with NSW winning for the last 17 years!!

The Qld Boys Team also came away with a silver medal- what an amazing achievement from both teams. CONGRATULATIONS!

Departing Brisbane early on Sunday the 22 May, the 17 years Girls and Boys Queensland School Sport Water Polo Teams headed for the AIS in Canberra. With only four states, ACT, NSW, WA and QLD participating it was a small yet competitive championship.

After the first round of games, the Qld Girls were undefeated, and the Qld Boys defeated ACT but had gone down to NSW by 2, and to WA by only 1.

By the end of the second round games on the Thursday, the girls remained undefeated and went in to the semi-finals ranked number 1. After defeating WA in the second round, the boys ended up finishing second and were now scheduled to play WA again in the semi-final the same afternoon!

The boys’ semi proved to be an incredibly exciting game, coming back from a 10-5 score. In the last quarter, still 3 goals down, the boys managed to score enough to tie at full time! They then went on to win the penalty shoot-out against WA, securing themselves a place in the gold medal play-off! The girls team continued their winning streak, also defeating WA 19-7 in their semi-final.

Two gold medal play-off games against NSW on Friday proved for a thrilling day.

After defeating NSW during the round games the final for the girls was a very exciting game. Trailing by 2 goals with only 48 seconds to go in the last quarter, the girls had learnt from the boys 'never say die' semi-final against WA. They went on to draw the game with 2 amazing goals, the last goal shot scoring with only 16 seconds to go! The girls all scored their penalty goals with Lydia saving one of the NSW penalty shots for Qld to win the championships!

The boys had a hard fought grand final against NSW also, coming away with the silver medal. A huge congratulations to both teams – what an outstanding effort!



Further to the teams’ achievements, Queensland’s Jack Gallagher received the Boys Encouragement Award and Abby Andrews the Most Valuable Player for the championships. 

Congratulations Abby & Jack!


Queensland also proceeded to have the following players selected into the Australian Schools Teams to tour New Zealand and to play in a test series against New Zealand and South Africa in December this year: Abby Andrews, Alessia Cerasani, Emily Gallagher, Lydia Pascoe, Rheece Powell, JacquelineSjogren, Res- Chloe Woodbine, Jarod Cook, William Downes, Travis Firrell, Res- Josh Andrews and Sam Lenarduzzi.

What an outstanding achievement Queensland!!

Congratulations once again to all players for their hard work, high performance and effort during the championships. Coaches & managers, Helen, Kate, Amanda and Bjorn, congratulations also! Thank you for all your hard work leading up to, and during the championships, QSS is very proud of everyone’s efforts!