Younger members of Grantham Water Polo Club were guests last weekend at Northampton WPC for an afternoon of valuable matchplay experience and confidence building in their.
A squad of 13 travelled down with superb support from parents and young coaches in order to play a full four-quarter game with intentionally similarly matched sides on a ‘friendly’ basis.
The game was closely contended with a final score of 13-9 to the Northampton team. Grantham’s nine goals went to lead scorer Matt Smith (6), along with Jermaine Cann-Livingstone (2) and Hannah Underwood (1).
Jacob Allen and Luke Griffin used their swimming technique effectively to cover counter-attacks, while Henry Price, Beth McLoughlin and Amelia Marvin demonstrated their growing confidence in goal shooting.
Oscar Parnham had his debut in goal, notably saving four strong shots and good support was provided by Naomi Solomon and Harvey Lunn who both set up some great goal scoring opportunities. Phoebe Leach and Pawel Hoffman showed great determination when relentlessly trying to steal the ball from the opposition.
Young coaches Nayal Patel, Rose Bitowt and Adam Smith cheered on the young side from the poolside, encouraging their game and were proud of the achievements of the young team – many of whom had little or no experience of a full game.
Following the game, the two teams split into three mixed squads and continued to play an exciting round of ‘winner stays in’ matches with great enthusiasm.
GWPC chairman Sally Dunlop said: “This was a superb day for our younger players. We are very grateful to Northampton for their hospitality – we hope that we can arrange another ‘riendly matchplay day’ for our players soon.”
Pictured are Phoebe Leach, Pawel Hoffman, Henry Price, Jacob Allen, Oscar Parnham, Matthew Smith, Elizabeth McLoughlin, Jermaine Cann-Livingstone, Harvey Lunn, Naomi Solomon, Luke Griffin and Hannah Underwood together with coaches Naya Patel, Rose Bitowt and Adam Smith, and Northampton coaches and players.