Water Runs hot a cold for Lancaster (11/12/2013)
The first weekend of the Super 5’s saw a great start as Lancaster beat Cheltenham 21 – 11 and Bristol 14 – 8, but this all changed in the latest weekend held at their home pool, Salt Ayre.
Lancaster’s first game of the weekend was on Saturday against Bristol. Bristol were sitting at the bottom of the group before the weekend and Lancaster secured a relatively comfortable win of 15 – 8. Significantly however, had Glen Robinson was excluded for misconduct near the end of the game which meant he missed out on Lancaster’s Sunday morning game against fellow title challengers Cheltenham.
The weekend saw 16 year old Zak Lamb make his debut with the senior squad. Although he didn’t get an opportunity on Saturday, Zak took to the water the against Cheltenham on Sunday and did not look out of place. Unfortunately Lancaster never lived up to their potential on the day.
The first quarter was a pretty even but Cheltenham then went five goals ahead with a feeling amongst the home crowd that a missed brutality by the refs meant Lancaster missed out on a four minutes man up! The home side gave possession way too easily up front putting the defence under pressure and the team found themselves without the services of Decland Ellwood and Declan Thompson who were both side lined with 3 exclusions each.
Despite this Lancaster did not give up, Sharpe, Walker and Simpson stepped up to the mark, Pinnington continuing to show the form which made him a regular first choice before he retired, and along with their more experienced colleagues the team carried on hitting back at Cheltenham only letting them win the game by three goals. Lancaster must now win both their remaining games and, rely on Manchester to beat Cheltenham in the game between these two sides if they are to win the league.
Lancaster plays in their home pool, Salt Ayre, on the 7th & 8th December as they take on Bristol on Saturday at 12.30 and Cheltenham on Sunday at 10.15am. Come down and support your home team!
We run mini-polo sessions at Lancaster which is a beginner’s version of water polo, a fun, high energy ball game for those who want to give it a go.
Mini Polo is open to any members of the club between 13 & 9 years old. Two sessions a week Fridays 6.30 – 7.30pm & Sundays 3.30 – 4.30pm. We have introduced a Tuesday night 30 minute taster/ learn a skill session which runs 9.00 – 9.30pm.
We enter mini polo tournaments over the year to give the members the chance to play against other mini polo players. We also held our first mini polo development tournament this year – read about it.
The Regional Training Centre (RTC) is part of the national programme for long term athlete development in Water Polo and the Lancaster RTC are looking for both boys and girls born 1998 to 2001 in the Lancashire/ Cumbria area.
The RTC is the route for young players into the England Talent squad and the annual National Water Polo Academy at Milfiled. It’s also a way into the North West team which competes in two different age groups twice a year at the Inter Regional Championships.
The RTC Path Way