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Emergency SWPC Meeting
An Emergency Meeting of the Scottish Water Polo Committee has been called for Tuesday 18th November at NSA Stirling from 7.30p.m. The object of the meeting is to address problems with the budget. It is essential that all clubs are represented at this crucial meeting and are fully briefed. The future of Scottish Water Polo is at stake.
Under 18s North Sea Cup sees best finish in years for boys and girls
The Junior North Sea Cup (formerly Tri-nations) held in Swansea, Wales had the Scottish Under 18s getting their best results in years. Since the re-start of the junior tri-nations in 2010, neither the boys nor the girls had won a match, much less been terribly competitive. Thus, the massive progress of both teams could be measured by a simple win and the boys opened with theirs over Wales as they pulled away in the second half and won 8 -4 (2-2, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1). Considering they had lost to this same team in Brno at the 8 nations this was a marker for the squad's improvement. Angus Cameron and Thomas Kane led scorers with 2 each. Sunday saw the boys fall behind the champion Irish squad and fall 5-12 before playing their best polo in an 8-9 loss to Denmark. The Denmark loss featured both terrific team play and a massive opportunity lost as they failed to score during a brutality man-up of four minutes. Scott Wilson led all scorers with 10 of the team's 22 goals with Ben Parsons and Angus Cameron notching 3 each during the tournament.
The girls opened with a tough match against an experienced Irish squad who had beaten the Scotland Senior women in Switzerland in the summer and faltered to a respectable 6-11 loss. Not to be deterred though, the girls came out firing in the Sunday tie against the Welsh. Clearly the game against Ireland had helped the squad gel and team play was more organized and Scotland dominated from the start with a mix of attacking play and counters and excellent team defense. Hannah Edwards was on fire tallying 7 of the teams 17 goals on way to a 17-9 win. However, it was a team effort that saw great defense by MVP Fran Collings and first international goals by the young trio of Caitlin McRobbie, Naimh Reilly and Hannah Milner.. Edwards led the tournament with 8 goals while Fran Collings had 6, Carys Hardy and Alison Tate 3 apiece.
Under 14 girls weekend of learning
The under 14 Girls Scotland Squad assembled for the ASA Interregionals had a good and learning filled weekend. With half the 10 girls playing their first official 7-a-side games during the tournament, they were never expected to win any games and dominated only one category at these championships - least majors committed. Nonetheless after taking a 3-17 thrashing by the Northwest team, they almost managed a small miracle. Playing the traditionally strong Northeast they had learned enough ball control and press defence to keep the game close and found themselves with an unexpected 8-6 lead at the end of the 3rd period. In the fourth, they missed four wide open shots and unfortunately lost the match on a last second goal off a rebound as time expired. On the Sunday it was a horribly flat start against a London team they might have matched and they lost 0 - 10. The last game was against the East Midlands and after a very bad start, down 0-9 in the first period they showed life and kept the second half even. Eva Sigurdardottir recieved the team's MVP award and scored a goal in 3 of the 4 games. Orla Mcquade likewise co-led team scoring with 3 and goalkeepers Aithne Lawrence and Sarah Crighton each scored two while playing outfield. Rowan Foulner and Catherine Mitchell had the other goals. All in all, despite finishing 7th, this was a fantastic learning experience for the young ladies and they are well ahead of the Irish and Welsh and three English regions who couldn't field a squad for this event.
Scotland team to compete in first ever U14 Girls Interregionals
A girls Under 14 Scotland squad has been formed to compete in the first ever ASA Interregional championships for this age group. While the Under 18s are off to Swansea for the North Sea Cup this weekend, these girls will be headed to Liverpool to compete with 6 other English regional teams. The players are
Orla McQuade - Dunfermline
Lizzie Winton - Stirling
Catherine Mitchell - Stirling
Kirsty Miller - Stirling
Aithne Lawrence GK -Stirling
Hannah Luke - Stirling
Sara Crighton GK - Menziehill
Eva Sigurdardottir - Warrender
Ellie O'Hagan - Hamilton
Rowan Foulner - Hailes
Caledonia Boys finish fourth at 2000 ASA/British Championships
The Caledonia boys finished a very good fourth at the Under 15 National Age Group Championships in Manchester after losing tough bronze medal match to Watford 6-7. The boys finished second in their group where they drew with Sutton & Cheam 6-6, lost to eventual winner Sedgefield 3-8, and beat Cheltenham 10-3 and Invicta 15-4. In the semifinals they lost to Sheffield 2-10 sending them into the Bronze match. The team consisted of Adam Heywood, Lewis Barrow, Lewis Pritchett, Jonathon Roberts (MVP), Dominique Zahra, Joseph O'Boyle, Fedor Gorobets, Rowan Gallacher, John McKenzie (All Warrender), Thomas Cameron & Craig Stewart (Both Dunfermline) and Ben Scott (Portobello). Coached by Jean-Luc Zahra and Team Manager Nick Barrow