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British Water Polo
Lancaster City hold twelve division one British Water Polo League (BWPL) titles dating back to their first in 1996 and their most recent in 2011.
In 2012 Lancaster finished second in the BWPL but this year they are ready to regain their title with three of their London 2012 Olympians back in the team and with some new signings after Captain Chris Harley, Colin Burgess and goalkeeper Dave Bush retire.
Lancaster City hold the water polo record for the most British Championship ( known as Deep Waters) titles won. Lancaster hold nine titles including five consecutive wins from 2004 t0 2007 and their most recent one in 2011.
In 2012 Lancaster entered a young, upcoming team into the competition, as they were looking at the future of the team. Noel Howson, Scott Sharpe and Sam Smith all debuted in their fist senior British Championship games with senior players Colin Burgess and Dave Bush sitting out to give room for these up coming players.
This year Lancaster have continued to use the North Lancashire League (NLL) to develop their young players, 13 years and older at a more higher senior level as well as give Lancaster’s older players game play.
As well as the NLL Lancaster this year have entered the Bolton and District league to double the amount of games played pre British Water Polo League session.
In 2012 Lancaster young team were crowned winners after a 100% win rate.
The junior team have been crowned the national champions for the past three years (2012 – 2011) but before that it was 19 years ago since they last won.
In the past three years Lancaster have thought off some top level clubs to be crowned national champions. In 2012 they beat City of Sheffield in the final 12 – 7 even after missing three key players, Scott Sharpe, Lewis Peach and Tom Grieve who were away with their coach Zak Sly at Olympic Game Makers training.
In 2011 Lancaster beat North West rivals City of Manchester in a close 7 – 5 game. With City of Manchester always being in the lead up until the final quarter, which then saw LAncaster step up to the next level, take the lead and never look back! Lancaster took on a strong City Of Birmingham in the 2010 final and even saw Lancaster Captain Mike Brown and Luke Franks both being ejected from the game at an early stage. Lancaster still thought hard and beat Birmingham 17 – 14.
The youth team have followed in their juniors footsteps for the past several years with two consecutive titles (2012 and 2011) and title holders in 2009, 2007, 2003 and 2002.
In 2012 Lancaster took on a very strong City of Manchester side. The game was a very tight game and only nine goals were scored between the two teams. It was a close from start to finish and with two minutes to go Lancaster managed to take the lead and hold onto it, to beat Manchester 5 – 4.
Lancaster beat Cheltenham in 2011 to be crowned national champions. Lancaster went in hard from the beginning and took an early lead and never looked back. Lancaster beat Cheltenham 19 – 9.
In 2009 and 2010 Lancaster City academy team was crowned national champions. The two teams both went on to win the youth and junior titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2012