U13 Water Polo team visit Liverpool

 Under 13 Water Polo Liverpool and District Club Tournament

Match Report by Mr Wright

On Sunday 25th September SBSJ were invited to take part in the Liverpool and District Water Polo Club tournament. Our team comprised a mixture of boys and girls from year 8 and we came a respectable 4th place out of 6 of which the standard of water polo was very high from all the opposing teams as we were expecting considering it was a club tournament. The students were fantastic in their attitude and behaviour and I was very proud in the way they approached the tournament to which we played some fantastic Water Polo for large parts of the matches played. Naturally the team were a little bit downhearted with coming 4th as we felt could have at least got to the final which is explained in a little more detail in the match reports. However we can all learn and grow from the experiences gained and move forward and hopefully become stronger for it. Well done to all involved!

Year 8 team selected to represent the school:
Sara Steinberg 8D (Captain)
Ella Stabler 8C (Player of the tournament)
Amelia Fullerton 8C
Niamh Dolan-Baines 8E
Lydia King 8H
Emily Taylor 8B
Matthew Sowden 8I
Jastin Barrientos 8I (SBSJ top goal scorer with 8)
Charlie Watson 8I
Daniel Justovics 8I

the team

Group game 1
SBSJ5 – 4Bridgefield Water Polo Club ‘B’

The first game saw us take a victory which was fully deserved from our first half performance alone. Jastin Barrientos managed to score 4 goals in this match with Matthew Sowden scoring the other, all of which were in the first half. Bridgefield who have a strong tradition of Water Polo at National Level proved to be a difficult opponent to beat with a determined comeback in the second half and if not for some resolute defending as a team as well as some brilliant saves from goal keeper and ‘player of the match’ Daniel Justovics it could have seen the win slip away.

Group game 2
SBSJ6 – 4City of Chester Water Polo Club ‘B’

With having just played the first match, SBSJ had to play again without any rest which showed in the first few minutes of the game conceding a couple of sloppy goals early on. However we soon responded with Jastin using his strength and power to add another to his tally which gave us the confidence to push on. Niamh Dolan-Baines and Matthew Sowden got one a piece to make the half time score 3 – 3. Our form then carried on early into the second half with a goal from Ella ‘Speedster’ Stabler breaking through the opposition defence to put us in front for the first time in the match, which was short lived with a controversial goal from the opposition. The team were determined to get another win with good attacking link-up play from Lydia King which helped Jastin and Amelia Fullerton to add another one each to make the score 6 – 4. With plenty of time still remaining Chester were relentless in their attacking play and it took some good strong defending from trio captain Sara Steinberg, Emily Taylor and ‘player of the match’ Charlie Watson. The final whistle went and the entire team were overjoyed to come away with two victories sending us through to the semi-final.


Semi Final
SBSJ3 – 9City of Chester Water Polo Club ‘A’

The semi-final was upon us and the first half of the match was no different to how we had played in the first two matches. We defended well as a team and created plenty of chances to which Ella and Matthew both got on the score sheet. Chester showed their quality in front of goal by pulling two back in quick succession but SBSJ were quickly back in front with Emily adding her name to the list of goal scorers. The only thing we could have done better in the first half is put more of our chances away. The second half begun with SBSJ winning 3 – 2 and we started pretty well and we had a few opportunities to score and really put the game to bed. However we just seemed to lose that cutting edge in front of goal which we showed in the previous matches which then give the opposition the opportunity to get back into the game. A combination of tiredness creeping in, perhaps a lack of experience and a bit of bad luck saw a little spell where everything that could have gone against us, did. Chester could sense this and really went for the jugular, killing any chance of reaching the final. Matthew Sowden was awarded the ‘player of the match’ for his contribution the goals as well his effort in getting back to defend.


3rd/4th Place playoff
SBSJ3 – 12Bridgefield Water Polo Club ‘B’

Our final match was to determine whether we finished the day 3rd or 4th. With the natural disappointment of losing our last match as well as all the team ‘running on fumes’ saw a slow and sloppy start. Bridgefield who we had played and beaten in our first match got an early goal and it was a downward spiral from there. The team to their credit tried their upmost to get back into the game but unfortunately it was too much and saw a half time score of 8 – 0 to the opposition. We regrouped at half time and determined to finish the match with some dignity and played a very good second half scoring 3 goals, one from Charlie and another two from ‘top goal scorer’ and ‘player of the match’ Jastin. Not only did our attack improve but also defended a lot better as we had done for most of the day. The final score was 12 – 3 to Bridgefield and at the final whistle we all showed great sportsmanship led by Captain Sara Steinberg by giving a loud and respectful 3 cheers to the opposition. Ella Stabler was awarded the overall ‘player of the tournament’ who led by example in all the matches with her unwavering determination and quality in the way she played.