WATER POLO: Grantham King’s School take London tournament final defeat on the chin

Runners-up King's School under-19s
Runners-up King's School under-19s
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Consistent performances throughout the season led to King’s School under-19s reaching the finals of the London Schools Tournament last Tuesday.

To qualify for the finals, King’s overcame the disappointment of defeat to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boy’s School and bounced back with a dream comeback to beat King’s College of Wimbledon, and triumph comfortably over Bedford Modern.

King’s travelled with a full strength squad to the finals at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet, with the ambition of lifting the trophy.

In their first game, they overcame Dulwich School 5-1 with goals from Tom Ballaam (4) and Jack Shennan, but then they faced City of London School who edged an intense 2-1 victory tarnished with questionable refereeing decisions.

The final game against HABS was destined to decide all the positions with King’s needing to twin by two clear goals to put them top on goal difference. Goals from Dan Bosworth (2), Shennan and Ballaam gave King’s a 4-1 win in an outstanding performance.

King’s were top of the table over CLS by six goals but a new rule dictated that the London school were overall winners as they had beaten the Grantham lads in their match-up.

Despite the initial shock and great disappointment, King’s took the result on the chin and collected their silver medals with pride, marking a fantastic team performance.

Pictured from left, King’s School under-19s are – Tom Ballaam, Alex Aiton, Tom Roe, Conor Coyle, Adam Mayer, Luke Greenwood, Adam Found, Gareth Lord, Josh Adams, Dan Bosworth, Dan Manderfield, Jack Shennan and coach Dave Lord.