First Place in Under 18's Water Polo Team

Under 18's Water Polo Team

On the 25th November our under 18 Water Polo team travelled to Warwick to take part in the English Schools Quarter Final.

As you can see from the results below it was a very pleasing and successful afternoon for St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College, winning all 3 games meaning we finished 1st and can now progress through to the English Schools Plate Semi Final.

SBSJ   10 - 1   Birkdale
SBSJ   7 - 5   Warwick
SBSJ   6 - 2   Harrow

Man of the tournament - Daniel Colehan 10C
SBSJ   10 - 1   Birkdale

Our first game was the opening of the tournament and we spoke about the importance of getting off to a good start to give us the mental edge going forward. Knowing Birkdale quite well from previous years we knew we had the opportunity to kill the game off quickly by playing with high intensity from the first whistle and the team did just that. We never allowed them a moment to think on the ball forcing mistakes and winning possession for ourselves and with our experience and quality going forward we managed to finish the first half 6 - 1. The team then showed excellent game management by slowing down our play and reserving ourselves slightly as we knew we had our rivals Warwick in the next game.  It was a comfortable win in the end which finished 10 - 1 but more pleasing was the professionalism and sportsmanship the team showed throughout. 

SBSJ   7 - 5   Warwick

This was always going to be our biggest game coming into the tournament. As I have previously mentioned Warwick are probably our biggest rivals and that rivalry all stemmed from this particular age group and group of players several years ago when we caused an unexpected upset by beating Warwick for the very first time. Since then all the games we've played have always been close. This game was no different! It was end to end stuff and you couldn't blink for fear of missing something. However in the first half we dominated in attack and were really organised in defence and if not for a deflected shot and us giving away a silly penalty in the last minute of the first half we would have led 4 - 1. However the score was 4 - 3 at half time. The lads had already given everything they had and I feared there wasn't much left in the tank, but all I had to ask them was if they wanted to give the bragging rights to Warwick. The final score tells you the answer. We managed to step it up another gear and used our experience well to finish the game off. 

SBSJ   6 - 2   Harrow

Going into our final game we really didn't know what to expect from Harrow as this is the first time we've been drawn against them. Looking at them you would have thought they had turned up to a rugby tournament and that reflected in their play. The first half was a tough one for us as we were still worn out from the effort we put in for the victory against Warwick coupled with the fact Harrow were on a high from just winning their previous game. Luckily we managed to get to half time in the lead at 3 - 2 however it could have quite easily gone the other way if not for our young goalkeeper Cameron 'The Cat' Fairbairn 10A who was on fire in between the sticks and he was the youngest player at the tournament. The second half was about to get underway when all our lads rallied together and fired each other up determined to beat a school like Harrow and the quote I liked the most 'let’s show em what Bradford lads can do!' We managed to step the level up and finish the game off with the final score finishing 6 - 2.

From leaving first thing in the morning to getting back at 10:30pm (due to a 3 hour delay in traffic) the team once again showed through their attitude and behaviour just what it takes to be a representative of school. To top it off we played some excellent Water Polo and managed 3 fantastic results.

Matthew McLoughlin 13B, Benn Adams 13F, Lewis Lunn 13L, Simon McDermott 12E, Sam Rocchio 12I, Dominic Walker 11C, Jack Sheehan 11A, Daniel Colehan 11C, Cameron Fairbairn 10A

Match report by
Mr M Wright

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