The toughest game on the opening day of competition for the OIA playoffs was between Kaiser HS and Roosevelt HS — and although Kaiser Cougars jumped out to a two-goal lead (more than once), the more experienced and disciplined Rough Riders were able to gain a two-goal lead at the end and hold on for a hard-fought 10-9 victory. The most exciting thing for me personally is that the head coach of Roosevelt (Susan Nishioka) and a mom of Kaiser player Jessie (Anna Marie Watkins) were both former polo players of mine!.. In each of their new roles, each lady mentors and roots for great group of girls carrying on the proud tradition of Hawai’i girls polo!
Susan was the star All-American goalkeeper for the University of Hawai’i Women’s Water Polo club and Anuenue (Rainbow) Aquatics club; Anna Marie competed for the Hawai’i Kai girls in the National Junior Olympics, then also with Anuenue when she entered the University of Hawai’i as a star sprinter on the Women’s Swimming varsity. Together, with others to be mentioned in the future, the two teamed on a Rainbow top-eight finish at USA Senior Outdoor Nationals and won the senior division of the State Age Group Water Polo Championships multiple times!