February’s Water Polo Round Up
January finished on a high with South West winning the U18 Girls’ Division One Inter Regional championships. The final match of the exhilarating weekend decided all three medal positions, with South West taking gold from pre tournament favourites London Sharks having scored more goals in their match against third placed North West Thunder. A tighter tournament could not have happened! Congratulations to CSWPC Players Amy Berry, Crystal Hulls, Matilda Dugdale & Evie Handley who were all selected to be part of this winning team.
Cheltenham Men’s First team currently lie in 2nd place on the Men’s Super 5s British Water Polo league table. The first weekend saw a mixed bag of results with a good win over last years champions Solihull, 10-12 to Cheltenham followed by a resounding defeat to Manchester 16-7. The men came back for the second weekend at Ponds Forge, Sheffield with impressive wins over Invicta & Lancaster. Cheltenham’s fast start was to prove decisive throughout these matches and CSWPC’s Tom Hunt & Rudi Polster currently sit in the top 10 goal scorers of the competition. Announced this week, we are pleased to see that the Finals of Super 5’s will be televised live on the BBC where Cheltenham are due to face Invicta & Lancaster again!
This month saw the the 03’s start on their National Academy journey. Again another good show of CSPWC players were invited to attend the academy which is the top 30 girls and 30 boys in the country. Congratulations to George Glover, Priya Kennedy, Morgan Wells, Evie Handley, Luke Tubby, Matilda Dugdale & Will Maddox. Who will hopefully attend 2 weekends this year and get invited to the Millfield academy over the summer. We will follow both National Academy age groups progression throughout the year.
Finally Cheltenham Spartans didn’t have the winning weekend they had for the last round of Men’s Championship Division 3. Two loses, both at 15-7 against Castleford & Rotherham Metro mean the team now move down to 3rd place. All to play for next round, hopefully the men will be able to bring it back to their winning ways to stay in division 3.
We now wait with baited breath for the end of the month and the start of the NAGS (National Age Groups) competitions. Starting off will be the U17 Girls as they face Worthing, City of Sheffield, Iceni & Newton Abbot at Northampton followed closely by the U17 boys who face Beckenham, Bridgefield, West London Penguins & Northampton in Grantham.