U13 Girls Water Polo preliminary round @ Manchester Aquatics Centre

Team Photo

Tuesday 5th February saw the U13 Girls Water Polo team travel to Manchester to take part in the preliminary rounds at the Manchester Aquatic Centre.

Teams taking part:
Bolton School Girls Division, Manchester High School and St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College

SBSJ   3 - 3   BSGD
Player of the Match - Amelia Brooksbank
SBSJ   4 - 4   MHS
Player of the Match - Holly Smith
BSGD  2 - 1  MHS
SBSJ   5 - 0   BSGD
Player of the Match - Lilly Pryce
SBSJ   5 - 2   MHS
Player of the Match - Severn Annakin
BSGD  0 - 0  MHS

Player of the Tournament - Sienna Harrop
This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to play in a full size pool, which for some is the first time this year! The first couple of games were really close, managing draws against Bolton and Manchester. I actually thought we were the more dominant team in attack but our decision making at times let us down. In defence we found it really difficult to adjust to being in such a big pool, but credit to all the girls they battled hard to earn a point in each game.
The second round of matches against Bolton and Manchester were completely different, clearly learning from our mistakes in the first matches. Lilly and Holly who shared the goal keeping duties were more confident and made some good stops. Amelia and Julia were rocks at the heart of defence. Ava, Silver and Amber were really good in tracking their players, not letting them have any space.  Bhumi, Jess, Emily and Lilly when playing out started making more drives into the the final third which created more opportunities. Severn and Sienna linked up really well up top but also did better in their defensive duties which meant we were too hard to break down. We can't forget Gabrielle who kept everyone's team spirit up!  Sienna was awarded the player of the tournament. She played in pretty much every position apart from goalkeeper, and even though she must have felt I was on her case for every little thing she did good or bad, her performance was outstanding and I couldn't be prouder. Leading from the front, scoring 11 of our 16 goals.

Well done to all involved!
Coach Mr Wright

U13 Girls Water Polo team
Lilly Pryce
Sienna Harrop
Amelia Brooksbank
Jess Fullerton
Ava Chambers
Holly Smith
Amber Parrington
Gabrielle Parker
Julia Szadkowska
Bhumi Mistry
Emily Burton
Severn Annakin
Silver Wardell