Girls water polo team through to the National Finals

Girls U18 team

Tuesday 30th January was the U18 Girls English Schools Water Polo Championships held at the Manchester Aquatic Centre. With the top two teams progressing to the English Schools National Final.

I have put the result of the game between ourselves and Manchester High from the 2016-17 ESSA Championships to put into perspective the improvement we have made over the last year.
2016-17 Result
Manchester High  10 – 1  SBSJ

This year’s group was made up of the same teams, SBSJ, Manchester High and Crompton House. However Crompton pulled out at the last minute as they couldn’t muster a team.
2017-18 Result
Manchester High  2 – 4  SBSJ
Player of the Match – Matilda King

As you can see from the result above we have made a drastic improvement since last year and the result means we go through to the final. Both teams go through regardless due to Crompton dropping out however it shouldn’t take away from the effort the girls put in to win the match.
After the English Schools 'official' 2 periods of play we then played another 2 periods to which Manchester won overall 7 - 6. This was perfect in a way because whilst we should be happy with winning 4 - 2 win in the beginning, it's shown the girls that they need to work on fitness as well as other areas to make sure we are ready to compete in the English Schools National Final in March.
Well done girls on being the first U18 girls team to get to the English Schools National Final, something you should all be really proud of! Especially when you consider the average age of our team is just 14!
U18 Girls Water Polo team:  Harriet Walker, Matilda King, Lauren Dixon, Sara Steinberg, Niamh Dolan-Baines, Lydia King, Tamara Markey, Amelia Fullerton, Emily Taylor, Alex Rowe.