Saints Water Polo Invitational 2018

October 11, 2018 | Campus

The scene is set for the 25th Annual Saints Water Polo Invitational.  

Photo credit: Natasha Panzera


St Stithians College is excited to host the 25th Saints Water Polo Invitational over the half-term weekend, an incredible milestone in our polo history. Our aquatics centre is a hive of activity over this festive weekend with Prep and College water polo games over four action-packed days.  The excitement begins at 12h45 on Thursday 18th October 2018 with a short welcoming ceremony before play gets under way.

We invite everyone to come and enjoy the matches that will run from the 18th October to the 21st October 2018.  This year sees 52 participating teams drawn from schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and Zimbabwe.  These teams, of course, include our St Stithians Girls’ College and Boys’ College teams.

Over the weekend, a total of over 170 games will be played by over 700 competitors. This may make the Saints Water Polo Invitational the largest schools’ water polo event in the Southern Hemisphere that is held at one venue.

The first fixtures for the Saints Teams on Thursday 18th October 2018 are as follows:

13h00 – St Stithians Boys’ College vs Westville Boys High (KZN) (Main Polo Pool)
14h20 – St Stithians Girls’ College vs Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) Grahamstown (Main Polo Pool)

All fixtures and tournament information are available on the official programme - click here to download.

If you are unable to join us for the live action poolside, why not scan the below QR code and watch all the Main Pool actionfrom wherever you are:

We extend a warm word of thanks to our sponsors and vendors, without whom this tournament would not happen.  Namely: 



Amici's Pizzeria, City Lodge Hotels LImited, Diapolo, FitGen, Gamefinity, Genop Pharmaceuticals, Incredible Connection, Aslina Wines, JSN Motors, Old Stithian Association, Prego Master, Pura Beverage Company, PVM Nutritional Sciences, Skyworth, Sportsmans Warehouse, SwimDry, TeamPhotoSA and Tifosi Sports.


Amici's Pizzeria, Bella Rose Gardens, Baan Bootsbar, Blendid, Boost, Chicken Wings 'n Chips Chip 'n Dip, Cupped Coffee, Emuthuszinin Hats, Fun swims, Goldenn Chilli, Interact, Liquid Salt, Mini Doghnuts, Prego Master, Proudly Saints, Rather Tart, SwimDry, Turbo Sports Brands, Wendy's Lemondade.       


This year’s hospitality zone will feature a Player Chill Zone, a PlayStation Zone, a Tea Garden and the Diners Club Hospitality Tent in Association with the Old Stithian Association for over 18s, which will offer visitors a VIP experience and many other awesome activities over the course of the weekend, including live streaming of the polo matches on big screen TVs, broadcasting of the two Currie Cup Rugby games on Saturday afternoon at 15h00 and 17h00 and the chance to win prizes!  The Diners Club Hospitality Tent will also play host to the Winemaker, from Aslina Wines, Ntsiki Biyela, who will be on hand to offer guests a VIP Wine Tasting experience, with a percentage of proceeds going to the ‘Hearts of Hope’ charity.  Visit learn more about this children’s home and the work they do in our community.  St Stithians water polo is proud to be associated with Hearts of Hope and incorporating this into our learn to swim programme and community service initiative to ensure that we are making a world of difference.

Special thanks to Skyworth who will be sponsoring 2 x 49” Skyworth Android TV’s for the Boys’ College and Girls’ College section winning schools – an awesome prize indeed.  Skyworth, in association with Incredible Connection, will also be sponsoring goodie bags for all players selected for the All Star Boys’ and Girls’ Teams.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Tifosi Sports as the official footwear sponsors for the Boys’ College and Girls’ College first teams. Tifosi are the official distributors of On running shoes in South Africa, one of the leading brands among top athletes.  Please visit the Tifosi Sports stand at the Invitational to see their extensive product range.

Great food and drink offerings will be on hand with plenty of options for visitors to enjoy such as Cupped Coffee, Chip ‘n Dip, Wendy’s Lemonade, Amici Pizzas, our famous bacon rolls prepared by the parents, and more.

The water polo players will have access to medical facilities that will be in operation from within in the main pool enclosure.  There are also onsite physios and biokineticists for the duration of the festival.

The Saints Water Polo Invitational will end on Sunday 21st October with the finals for the three age groups, followed by a prize-giving ceremony. During this prize giving ceremony, an All Star team is announced; the team is comprised of and voted for by the water polo coaches during the event.

Our Water Polo Invitational 2018 promises to be one of the best yet with our 25 year celebrations ensuring we are pulling out all the stops.  Join us, One & All, for this festive and fun event for the whole family. 

We hope to see you there!

Please download the full Saints Water Polo Invitational 2018 Programme here.