Tuesday 25th April was the Under 13 Girls Water Polo English Schools Championship Semi-Final.
The competition was held at the Manchester Aquatic Centre with 4 teams taking part. The top 2 teams progressed through to the English Final, which I am proud to say our girls made it through! The team finished 2nd on the day so we are heading to the Final on Monday 15th May down at Northampton. I cannot stress how much of a fantastic achievement this is. Not only is it the first girls team to progress to an English Final, but is also the first time any of our teams have reached the ‘Championship Final’ meaning we will be ranked in the top 6 teams in country!
I was really proud how the girls performed as a team with everyone contributing to our good performances and results. The two games we won we scored some fantastic counter attacking goals and in truth we could have won by a bigger score line if we had been more clinical in front of goal. The match against Crompton was always going to be our toughest. We were level at 2 – 2 at the end of the first half but seemed to drop off in the second and our missed chances came back to haunt us with Crompton’s main striker scoring 2 long range unstoppable goals. The girls know which areas we need to improve on and we now have just under 2 weeks to prepare.
Match report by Mr Matthew Wright
Manchester High 1 v 4 St Bede’s & St Joseph’s
Archbishop Blanche 0v 6 Crompton House
Manchester High 4 v 0 Archbishop Blanche
St Bede’s & St Joseph’s 2 v 4 Crompton House
Manchester High 1 v 5 Crompton House
St Bede’s & St Joseph’s 6 v 0 Archbishop Blanche
1st – Crompton House
2nd – St Bede’s and St Joseph’s CC
3rd – Manchester High
4th – Archbishop Blanche
Players of the tournament – Niamh Dolan-Baines 8E and Ella Stabler 8C
Sara Steinberg 8D
Ella Stabler 8C
Emily Taylor 8B
Amelia Fullerton 8C
Niamh Dolan-Baines 8E
Jennifer Cummins 8E
Lydia King 8H
Eleanor Grogan 8B
Eva Krywyszyn 8B
Abigail Rowe 7G
Alexandra Rowe 7FWell done to all involved!