Friday 14th June was the SBSJ Water Polo end of season meal out for the entire squad. Unfortunately a number of our members were unable to attend but we still managed to fill the function room with 50 students.
Just like when we are away at a match or tournament the students represented the school brilliantly with plenty of positive comments from all the staff and a couple members of the public.
It's been another fantastic year with another strong intake from our year 7 students. Our U13 mixed team got all the way to the Championship Semi Final and only narrowly missed out on a place in the Final. Our U15 and U18 girls teams both reached the National Finals which is the first time we've qualified for the finals in both those ages groups in the same year. Our U15 mixed team got through to the Championship Semi Final, which was a big achievement with most of our players being in year 9. The U18 boys team were awarded a bronze medal in the National Plate Final and were also crowned Champions of Yorkshire for the second year running. Finally our U13 girls team got all the way to the Grand Final without being beat once in lead up o the Grand Final but narrowly lost the final to Bolton School 4-3, meaning our U13 girls are ranked the 2nd best team in the country for 2019!
A few recent individual honours:
Amelia Brooksbank and Sienna Harrop have been training with City of Manchester Water Polo Club (one of the best clubs in the country) for past 6 months and are now respected members of the team. Lilly Pryce also had a trial last week and has been asked to attend training with Sienna and Amelia. As well as our three year 8 girls impressing the Manchester coaches, Severn Annakin and Kyle Smith in year 7 have both been invited to trial after being stand out performers in this years competitions.
Lastly, Sara Steinberg and Sam Chewins have been selected to take part in the Duke of Cambridge Cup on Sunday 23rd June. The Duke of Cambridge Cup is made up of the top 39 boys and 39 girls across the country and acts as trial for next years English Schools team. If successful they will represent their school and country by taking part in an international tournament in Hungary.
Well done to all involved this year. We still have two more competitions and then we can all take a breather for a few weeks before our preseason training begins in August!
Mr Matthew Wright, Coach