Second consecutive win for Meriden in Water Polo tournament
15 September 2017
Meriden has secured the winner’s trophy for the second consecutive year at the Invitational Schools Water Polo Tournament held in Brisbane on 12 September 2017. Co-Captain of the Meriden team, Hayley Ballesty, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The recipient of this award is determined by the match umpires as the most exceptional athlete in the competition.
The schools invited to participate in the 2017 tournament included All Hallows (under 16s and under 18s), Brisbane Girls' Grammar, Stuartholme and Meriden. Meriden’s fifteen-member squad comprised junior and senior athletes. The tournament enabled the players to hone their tactical and positional skills. Games were played in the afternoons across three days which provided time for structured team-based activities. Outside tournament play, the athletes took part in activities that they would experience at national or international camps such as stretching, relaxation, core and body balance classes.
Meriden’s squad was billeted by the families of All Hallows' students which enabled the players to forge firm friendships that will continue long after the competition.
Meriden’s team members for the Brisbane Invitational Schools Water Polo Tournament were Hayley Ballesty (Year 11 Co-Captain), Olivia Harrison (Year 11 Co-Captain), Brooke Mather (Year 11), Grace Marsh (Year 11), Macy Hansford (Year 10), Hayley Spence (Year 10), Daniela Zapata (Year 10), Miah Gough (Year 9), Jessica Layton (Year 9), Bronte Ryan (Year 9), Nioka Thomas (Year 9), Evie Glover-Rylah (Year 8), Kate Layson (Year 8), Tara McManus (Year 8) and Grace Spence (Year 8).