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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