Trinity trio dives into water polo’s big leagueDoug Conway
School also gains a new national rep
Three Trinity students have made it to water polo’s national league, building on one of the most successful years for the sport in the School’s history.
Captain of the Firsts Lucas Y (12We), Captain of Water Polo Harper S (12St) and Harry R (12Ta) won selection in the rosters for the Sydney University Lions, UNSW-Wests Magpies and Balmain Tigers respectively.
They are now mixing it with current and former Australian Sharks players in the Australian Water Polo League, the sport’s equivalent to the NRL, AFL or A-League for footballers.
Lucas made his debut for Sydney University in early February, scoring four goals in a 25-7 victory over the Hunter Hurricanes.
Harry debuted for Balmain a week earlier, also on the winning side against the Hurricanes, in a 10-7 victory which pushes him further along in the wake of his father Brad, a former Australian Sharks representative.
Harper had already made his first appearance for UNSW-Wests, winning 8-2 against the Cronulla Sharks.
The latest Trinitarian to gain national honours is current Trinity coach and 2020 water polo Captain Tristan Glanznig.
Tristan, a member of the Cronulla Sharks in the Australian Water Polo League, made his national team debut in game one of the Tri-Series against Japan at the start of the year,
He spent a week in Perth with the Australian team coached by current Trinity Firsts consultant Tim Hamill.
Five other Trinity students, meanwhile, have gained selection in the CAS Firsts, for players born in 2006 and under.
Lucas B (12La), Ashwin S (12Hi), Max B (11Ar), Orlando M (10St) and Marcus C (10He) were part of a team which won all its fixtures against Waverley College, Cranbrook School, St Aloysius’ College and Knox Grammar at the Cranbrook pool.
Sam M (10Fo) and Taj Y (9We) were named as shadows for the CAS team.
A large Trinity contingent also competed in the Australian Youth Championships in Perth in January.
Lucas Y (12We) captained the gold medal winning Sydney University team alongside Lucas B in the under 18 competition.
The under 16 Sydney University team featuring Oralndo M (10St), Marcus C (10He), Taj Y (9We) and Jaidan S (9Hi) won Bronze.
Oliver V (8He) and Christian D (He) placed third in the under 14 gold division for Balmain.
The under 14 Sydney University team featuring Nate Y (7We) also won bronze in the green division, and the under 12 Sydney University team featuring Eddy L (7Mu) won silver.
Director of Water Polo Seamus Rodden said 2022 was one of water polo’s best years ever at Trinity, with the Firsts winning the Combined Schools Premiership for the first time since 2006, a feat matched by the 16As.