Wednesday 4th October saw the SBSJ under 18 Water Polo team travel to Liverpool for a late evening match against Bridgefield Water Polo Club. Bridgefield, who we have had a good relationship with for a number of years now are one of the top Water Polo Clubs in the country. Their coach, knowing we have a young under 18 side with an average age of 15, requested a match to play his under 15 team who are preparing for Nationals.
This was a fantastic test and good preparation for ourselves as we also have the English Schools Championships starting soon. Even though we were probably the ‘bigger’ side with a few of our lads being older, it was probably one of the toughest games we ever have played. The technical ability of the opposition was at a very high standard but I would say we matched them on that front. The thing that set them apart was how tactically aware they were as well as being able to get up and down the pool with ease, which is understandable as they train 2-3 times a week in a full size Water Polo pool for 2 hours at a time!
However, having said all that we pushed them all the way for the full 60 minutes that was played and it was a real battle for both teams! The score finished:
SBSJ 19 – 17 Bridgefield
Player of the Match – Danny Colehan
We spoke before the game about how the result wasn’t that important as we just wanted to get match practice in before the ESSA Championships. However as you can imagine after the game the entire team were over the moon to get the win. Yes the opposition were younger than some of our players, but as I mentioned they are one of the top clubs in the entire country who do long training sessions in a full size Water Polo pool. What makes the performance and result even more impressive is that our players have not yet been able to train at Ardor. So hopefully once they are allowed we can work on the areas we now know we need to improve and who knows how far this team will go!
Finally I’d just like to add a big thank you to all the students for giving up their Wednesday evening to represent school as well as parents for picking the students up, which was a late one as we didn’t arrive back until around 10:30pm. All the boys did the school proud not just in their performance but how they conducted themselves through-out the entire evening.
Well done to all involved! A fantastic team performance and result to match.
Dominic Walker 13I
Danny Colehan 13I
Jack Sheehan 13G
Alex Handol 11F
Tom Cokewright 11A
Theo Cokewright 11F
Stefan Giangregorio 11A
Fran Rocchio 11C
Darwin King 10B
Harvey Weston-Beyer 10F
Sam Chewins 10B
Adam Zdolyny 10D