Over the weekend our under 13 Water Polo team took part in Bolton Schools annual tournament ‘The President’s Trophy’ which took place at the Manchester Aquatic Centre. This was a fantastic tournament with a very high standard of Water Polo being played at such a young age group from all the teams and we were very proud to come in 2nd place!
Individual Match Results:
SBSJ 0 - 9 Bolton
MGS 4 - 4 Warwick
SBSJ 7 - 2 KES
MGS 0 - 5 Bolton
KES 4 - 7 Warwick
SBSJ 2 - 2 MGS
Bolton10 - 1Warwick
MGS 4 - 6 KES
SBSJ 2 - 2 Warwick
KES 1 - 13 Bolton
1st Bolton School
2nd St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College
3rd Warwick School
4th Manchester Grammar School
5th King Edwards School
SBSJ 0 - 9 BoltonAs you can see from the results Bolton School showed why they are the dominant school in the Water Polo community, so going up against them first was always going to be a hard task. However we showed great character to keep trying to play the right way and be positive going forward but Bolton were just as strong in defending as they were in attack, limiting our chances of scoring.
SBSJ 7 - 2 KESNow that our ‘warm up game’ was out of the way, we were confident that we could really push on and challenge the other teams. From the first to the last whistle we were in complete control of the game. With our first goal being a fantastic team goal which every outfield player contributed to in the build-up, with a cool finish from our Pit Man (centre forward) Sam Chewins 8B who has been in fine form for us in recent games and managed a first half hat-trick and thanks to the delightful wing play of Zain Qureshi 8J and Adam Zdolyny 8D Sam got a fourth in the second half. Harvey Weston-Beyer 8F got on the score sheet twice as well as our captain Darwin King 8B who was involved in nearly every goal. However it was Olivia Richards 8E who stole the applauds from the crowd with being the only girl in the competition she showed she could mix it up with the boys with no problem and displayed great intelligence and composure to play a quick one-two for Harvey’s third and the game’s final goal.
SBSJ 2 - 2 MGSAfter what was a comfortable victory against KES we knew this would be a different game altogether but having played MGS twice already this year we knew our opposition well enough to deal with their threats and confident enough to get opportunities ourselves. The score line ended in a draw however I must say we created the most the chances and never gave anything away. Jake Larvin’s 8A performance at the back up against their rapid winger (who is faster than me at a 50m sprint and he is 13!) was the most the pleasing aspect of the game considering Jake is our slowest player! But where he lacked in speed he more than made up for it with his ability to read the game and outstanding positional play. As I mentioned going forward we created more chances with great link up play from Jacob Slator 8B and Konstantinos Odiomume 8J and had more shots on goal and really should have done better with the finishing but it wasn’t meant to be.
SBSJ 2 - 2 WarwickOur final game was up against our fiercest rivals which I gave the team a history lesson about our rivalry last week in training. They quickly understood why as the afternoon went on. We knew a draw would be enough to give us 2nd place although we spoke about the need to be positive and try go for the win. Perhaps the pressure was a bit too much to cope with as well as being tired because the first half was probably the worst I’ve seen us play this year. If it wasn’t for Shiv Bhatoa 8G who sacrificed himself yesterday for the good of the team by playing in goal due to the absence of our number 1 keeper the game could have been well and truly out of our hands at half time. Luckily we were only 1 – 0 down. We got together at half time and fired ourselves up for the second half. The performance was a complete contrast as we dominated in possession and gave nothing away in defence. It was 2 – 2 with 20 seconds to go and we were through on goal but couldn’t find the back of net. Warwick then broke on the counter, shot and scored. Luckily the final whistle went before the ball left the players hand. The players were naturally confused thinking the goal counted and that we had lost the game. However when everyone realised we had drawn and were going to get second place they were overjoyed and I couldn’t have been more pleased for them.
Our entire year 8 Water Polo squad (boys and girls) are an absolute credit to our school and I cannot speak highly enough about each and every one of them. They give up so much of their free time and are fully committed to keep improving themselves as individuals and as a team which yesterday was another example of how far they have come. I know they genuinely love representing the school at Water Polo and I am very proud of every single one of them.
Darwin King 8B, Konstantinos Odiomume 8J, Adam Zdolyny 8D, Harvey Weston-Beyer 8F, Shiv Bhatoa 8G, Sam Chewins 8B, Jake Larvin 8A, Jacob Slator 8B, Zain Qureshi 8J, Olivia Richards 8E.