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Invicta in last four of the British Water Polo Championships


Match Report: British Water Polo Championships – Manchester Aquatics Centre.

22nd and 33rd February 2014.

Invicta’s success in the preliminaries round saw them return to the British Water Polo Championships Finals weekend again at Manchester Aquatics Centre. The preliminaries result pitched up against Manchester in their home pool in the first semi-final of the day. The second semi-final of the day will be Cheltenham v Portobello. Playing without Sean (who broke his nose whilst on GB duty) for the entire weekend was always going to be a tough ask, but we set out with high expectations following last weekend’s excellent performances.

Sat 22nd February 2014 Manchester v Invicta

The support for Manchester whose home pool is the Aquatics centre seemed to be outnumbered by the support for Invicta, great to see so many supports cheering for Invicta. Unfortunately we got off to one of our typical slow starts and were soon 3 nil down but we steadied things down to end the first quarter 3-1 down. More controlled polo in the second quarter but and unfortunate wrapping for “aggressive use of swimming legs” leaving us to play the final with only 11 men, and we were still only two goals down at half time 4-2. An exchange of goals kept us in the game but a missed man up that would of got us to within 1 goal was missed and Manchester went on to open up a 3 goal lead that we were unable to get back into the game.

Final Score 10 – 5 (3-1, 1-1, 3-2. 3-1)

Scorers: Jack 4 and Brett 1

Majors: Will wrapped, Jack 3, Nick 2, Pat1, Jamie 1 and Brett 1,

Sun 23rd February 2014 Invicta v Portobello

In a very tight first quarter with both sides defending well it remained goalless at the end of the quarter. We conceded a penalty then then came back strongly with 3 unanswered goals but conceded a man-up situation to give Portobello the opportunity to finish the half only 1 down. An early goal and a similarly quick reply from Portobello, in the first minute of the third left us leading 4-3 at the end of the quarter. A goal following us winning the swim-off again put us 2 up but then 4 unanswered goals put Portobello in control of the game, a penalty brought us to within one but three further goals from Portobello made them comfortable winners. We had 2 wrappings in the last minute of the game which will leave us playing the first game of next year’s tournament with only 10 men.

Final Score 6 – 10 (0-0, 3-2, 1-1, 2-7)

Scorers: Jack 3, Brett 2 and Callum 1

Majors: Nick Wrapped, Brett Wrapped, Matt 2, Jamie 2, Oli 1, Callum 1 and Jack 1

From our humble beginnings at the start of the season in Division 2 and winning promotion from Championship 1, to end the season as fourth best team with a place in next year’s European completion we should all be very proud of our progression throughout the season. Here’s to an enjoyable European experience and a very competitive Division 1 campaign next year.

Full Squad

Ben Alcorn(GK); Pat Baker; Jack Waller; Tom Davis; Callum Bailey; Oli Bray; Will Liddie; Brett Perkins; Matt White; Nick Jackson; Conrad Rhodes Jamie Bailey and Sean King.

For further details see the British Swimming web site at the following link

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Invicta acheive success in the British Water Polo Championships Prelim Round


Match Report: British Water Polo Championships Prelim Round – Manchester Aquatics Centre.

8th and 9th February 2014.

Invicta’s success in the 2013 BWPL season saw them invited into the British Water Polo Championships to be held at Manchester Aquatics Centre. The draw placed us in Group B and pitted us against Cheltenham, Lancaster and Sheffield. Group A would contain Manchester, Portobello, Bristol (current holders) and Polytechnic. The format is that each Group Winners and Runners-up go through to the Finals weekend on the 22nd and 23rd February back at MAC. It’s a tough weekend of Polo with three very competitive games against this year 2nd, 3rd and 6th placed teams in the BWPL

Sat 8th February 2014 Cheltenham v Invicta

The team manager has mislaid the Match Sheet (No I am not joking) so cannot report on the scorers and major kings. Cheltenham who are and well drilled club side that finished second to Manchester in the BWPL would prove tough opposition. We started a man-down as a game ban for a wrapping in last year’s final that had to be served this year’s tournament. We set up with a very effective drop and marshalled Cheltenham attack and took a 5-2 lead into half time. Cheltenham fought back in the third quarter winning it 4-1 so that the game was nicely poised at 6 all at the end of the third. The next goal was crucial and with Cheltenham taking the lead for the first time in the game they started to control matters as they held on for a one goal winning margin at 9-8

Final Score 9 – 8 (1-3, 1-2, 4-1. 3-2)

Scorers: TBA

Majors: TBA

Sun 9th February 2014 Lancaster v Invicta

Following the farcical performance from the team manager and the incorrect hotel bookings we arrived for this early morning start in fine fettle for another challenging game against the side finishing third in the BWPL. Following the success of our drop against Cheltenham we continued our fine defensive play and scored the first two goals of the game and ended up leading after the first quarter 4-2. The game started to get a bit fractious and following nine majors in the first quarter there was a wrapping a yellow card for each team and five further majors in the 2nd quarter, but in amongst all this mayhem we took nearly all of our chances and won the quarter 7-3 for a half time lead of 11-5 and in control of the game. Another wrapping for us in the third quarter would leave us to play the last game of the weekend with only three substitutes on the bench, however we kept our scoring going and pulled further away winning each of the last two quarters 3-2 to end up winning 17-9. A game of 24 majors and 2 wrappings was full of incidents but we kept our heads with a fine performance in all aspect of the game, and it’s the first time that we have beaten Lancaster in our clubs history

Final Score 9 – 17 (2-4, 3-7, 2-3, 2-3)

Scorers: Sean 5, Callum 5, Jack 4, Will 2 and Oli 1

Majors: Oli Wrapped, Brett Wrapped, Jack 2, Will 2, Matt 2, Nick 2 Jamie 2, Sean 1 and Conrad 1

Sun 9th February 2014 Sheffield v Invicta

We came into our last game of the weekend knowing that a win would take us through to the finals weekend. We continued with our drop which was working particularly well keeping their very strong centre forward quite in a very tight and cagey first quarter as we ended up leading 1-0. We just kept our nose if front and were always in the lead. In complete contrast to our first game the major count was only eleven for the entire game as we went on to win 8-5.

Final Score 5 – 8 (0-1, 2-2, 1-2, 2-3)

Scorers: Sean 2, Jack 2, Callum 1, Will 1, Matt 1 and Nick 1

Majors: Conrad 3, Nick 1 and Sean 1

The weekend’s highlight was the particularly dismal performance of the team manager – No hats, No balls, No water bottles, No hotel rooms, Lost (and found) glasses and Lost Match Sheet. Despite the team managers appalling effort we still came through with some great results and performances. We return to Manchester on the 22nd & 23rd February to face Manchester in a very tough semi-final. The other semi-final will be Cheltenham v Portobello

Full Squad

Ben Alcorn(GK); Oli Bray; Jack Waller; Sean King; Callum Bailey; Ben Tinkler-Davies; Will Liddie; Brett Perkins; Matt White; Nick Jackson; Conrad Rhodes Jamie Bailey and Pat Baker.

For further details see the British Swimming web site at the following link