The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived, I asked our boys three simple questions to create these player profiles, let’s see what they said.
- Why do you play water polo?
- What does it mean to be a team player?
What are you going to focus on in your game play this tour?
Sam plays water polo because he enjoys the game itself and the camaraderie between the mates he’s made. For Sam the team aspect of water polo is of the upmost importance because the focus is on playing as, and for, a team, not just for yourself. In NZ Sam wants to work on his awareness and composure during gameplay in the hope it will lead to a greater ability to execute his keen skills.
Wil Cotterill (C)
Water polo for Wil is one of the central elements of his life at Newington. He loves playing it, he enjoys the mates and friendships he makes and the endless trips, teams and opportunities available via the game. The team captain, Wil is the ultimate team player and understands that teamwork means putting aside personal desires in any game situation to achieve the best outcome for the team. Wil’s goal for this tournament is to perform at his best and bring back gold for the college.
Nick plays water polo because he finds it enjoyable and you are able to build cohesive bonds between the team members. For Nick, being a team player means you take responsibility when it’s your turn to and to pass when it’s on. For the Trans Tasman Cup 2014 Nick is focusing on improving my shots.
Jake Holden (GK)
Jake plays water polo because it’s a game he really enjoys playing and watching.
Jake believes that being a team player is about working within a group and putting the aim of the team ahead of your own.
In NZ Jake’s focus for this tour is to improve as a goal keeper and become better at communicating with the players on the field.
Steve plays water polo because it is a fun, competitive team sport. For Steve being a team player means helping each other to achieve the best result possible collectively, and helping everyone in the team improve. In NZ Steve plans to focus on his consistency in game play throughout the tour.
The reason Chaz plays water polo is because he finds the sport extremely enjoyable, fun and this has led to a passion for the game. As a team player Chaz sees it as his role to get along with all players, in and out the water. Chaz also believes that a team player does not take the game into his/her hands – this means one shouldn’t shoot the ball every time but to pass and share the opportunities around. In terms of objectives for the NZ tour, Chaz has many things he plans to focus on. He will focus on reaching a personal best performance and also plans to focus on the other players in the team, especially offering some advice when needed.
Charlie plays water polo because he loves swimming and wanted a way to apply that in a more fun way. In addition, Mr Cotterill encouraged Charlie to play club water polo which has contributed to his skills and development. To Charile, being a team player means putting others ahead of yourself. In water polo he sees it specifically as rather than scoring a goal yourself, you should endeavour to look for the pass and help the team. During this tour, Charlie wants to make sure that his shots are accurate and that he keeps his cooking up to a high standard.
Byron plays water polo mostly for the social element and because it is a game he has grown up playing since he was 12. Byron believes a team player is not the player that is always giving passes on the field but is the player that has good off-field relationship with their fellow teammates. He sees the team player as the one that helps creates a sense of cohesion in the team. For the Trans Tasman 2014 Cup Byron want to focus on playing consistently across all games to the best of his ability.
Christian decided to play waterpolo after watching his brother play and figured he’d give it a splash as well. He was also tempted into the pool by the success of his cousins, current captain, Will and his older brother Reed (ON’07) along with their father (Christian’s uncle) Lindsay Cotterill. Christian believes that the importance of being a team player for Newington consists of being smart and fit as well as good hand-eye coordination. However, he also sees the banter and good teammates as equivalent importance. In NZ Christian plans to focus on a variety of skills as part of his game in the hope of being a better player when he returns.
After following in his brothers footsteps and taking up water polo, Rory formed a great passion for the game. Growing up in a family strongly cemented in rowing it first seemed a mistake but he has recently discovered it has formed an important part of my life. Rory sees strong team players as caring about their work, their team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give their best effort and they want other team members to do the same. This is how Rory approaches his games and in NZ he is aiming to play to the best of his ability and represent the school and his club well.
Nathan plays water polo because he enjoys the swimming component of the sport, and I also enjoy the fact you can score goals as well. He works hard at being a team player, who can not only work with a range of other people collaboratively to manipulate gameplay, but one who can show respect to all members of a group whether he likes them or not. In this Trans Tasman competition Nathan is going to focus on limiting his mistakes and improving the propagation and direction of his shots.
Elliot Collins (GK)
Elliot plays water polo because it is a fun, exciting sport and unpredictable sport. As a goal keeper Elliot also finds it is mildly amusing when he has to save a goal with his head. Being a part of a team is important to Elliot because it helps him work on his selflessness as a player. This tour, Elliot would like to focus on having a total of zero major fouls throughout the tournament, not exactly the hardest of challenges for a goal keeper!
Before Taylor came to Newington he had spent his primary school years focusing on competitive Athletics and Soccer. However, from Year 7 he started water polo and it was an exciting path for him because, in his own words “he lacked the ability, the knowledge or any understanding of the culture of the game”. As a result he strived to master the skills required and has revelled in the game since and it continues to engage and challenge him today. Being a team player to Taylor means bringing 100 percent focus to every training and every game. In addition it involves being aware of others around you and playing the way the coach directs you to play. Taylor also believes it requires him to be aware of the mentality of his teammates around him to avoid emotional highs or lows. For this Trans Tasman tour Taylor is going to focus on giving everything he can to the team, working hard for the coach, Mr Moar, and enjoying the experience with the squad.