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Posted on: May 10th 2017

Senior School Water Polo v Oundle

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The BSC Water Polo team played their only scheduled fixture of the season against Oundle on Saturday.  The squad comprised a mixture from all years in the Senior School and, although short of match time, were definitely not lacking in enthusiasm or competitive spirit and gave everything as they were keen to do their best to uphold the tradition that the college has in the sport.

The College team consisted of:

  • Barney D (capt) - U6
  • Martin B - U6
  • Will W - U6
  • Ciaran P - L6
  • Chester W - L6
  • Hugh F - U5
  • Sam S - U5
  • Harry B (gk) - L5
  • Toby B - L5
  • Dan M-S - L5
  • Ben P - L5
  • Myles W - L5
  • Finn L - F4
  • Arseniy S - F4

Defending the deep end in the first quarter was always going to prove challenging, especially as Oundle were clearly more match sharp.  However, some resolute defending and good work in goal restricted the visitors to 2 goals.  This proved great encouragement to the boys who recognised that they were in with a good chance of gaining a result.  In the second quarter, as they attacked the deep end, they began to put the opposition under pressure and found some spaces in front of goal.  Martin B opened the college’s account and Ben P added a second.  A rare lapse in defence allowed Oundle to score a third goal and at half time the score was 2 – 3.

As the match progressed, full use was made of all players and it was very pleasing to see them all play to the very best of their abilities, restricting Oundle to a single goal in the third quarter whilst posing a threat at the same time.  Indeed, were it not for some very good saves from the Oundle goalkeeper, the scores could easily have been level.

In the final Quarter the College team really went for it and Martin added a second to his tally and reduced the deficit to a single goal.  A draw was definitely on the cards and possibly more!  However, Oundle were also fully committed and on a counter attack one of their players tried a spectacular reverse shot which hit the angle of the goal, rebounded and went in off the back of Harry B’s head after he had dived to save it.  Despite pressing hard, the College were unable to score more, although it took a very good save to deny Toby B a goal when he broke through on goal.

Overall, the team played at a level which belied their inexperience.  They performed well and certainly upheld the tradition of College Water Polo.  All of the boys enjoyed the experience and with match time under their belts, are looking forward to building on this in the future.  With more work on ball handling skills and positional awareness we should be able to improve significantly on this performance and the aim is to arrange more regular fixtures against other schools.  It was also particularly pleasing to have 3 Old Stortfordians refereeing and running the table.  Without their support it would have been very difficult to hold the fixture.  We look forward to continuing the link between players present and past!