INVICTA WATER POLO CLUB
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)
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
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