WATER POLO: King’s School experience shines through

Grantham Water Polo Club's new head coach Bruce Midgley (right) with assistant coach Andy Walker.
Grantham Water Polo Club's new head coach Bruce Midgley (right) with assistant coach Andy Walker.

KING’S School travelled to Oundle on Sunday for the first round of the English Schools National Water Polo Competition.

The opening game produced a clean sheet against Oundle School with King’s adjusting well to a small and narrow pool and taking a 15-0 win. Goal scorers were P. Otter (3), J. Manderfield, T. Ballaam (5), C.Coyle, D. Bosworth, M. Bell, L. Lai (2) and C. Gabriel.

Their second game saw them face Warwick, a far more experienced side who were determined to give King’s a harder game. Outstanding defensive play throughout the game in the pit by Harvey Adcock allowed attacking play to continue without response from Warwick, ending in a 6-2 victory for King’s 6. Scorers were Manderfield (2), Gabriel (2), Lai and Ballaam.

Northampton were the third opponent and although less experienced, fought well in a game that ultimately saw the experience and strength of King’s shine through with an 8-0 victory. Scorers were Gabriel (2), Otter (2), Shennan, Ballaam (2) and Manderfield. Luke Holdsworth gave a solid goalkeeper’s performance in all games.

l Grantham Water Polo Club’s senior side were in action last weekend in the National League at Walsall over the weekend.

Playing without any substitutes due to availability meant that the possibility of injury or exclusion was not an option if they were to remain competitive throughout.

The game on Saturday resulted in a wining scoreline of 14-4 against Invicta Marlins and then drawing on all their reserves of strength on Sunday, Grantham played exceptionally well to record a 12-11 victory against Bridgefield.

l Grantham Water Polo Club’s new head coach Bruce Midgley (right) had several years playing in the South African squad, and is pictured with assistant coach Andy Walker.