King’s School under-14 team travelled to Walsall on Saturday to take their place in the English Schools Water Polo Final.
Teams from Bolton, Dulwich, Manchester, Torquay and the Alleyns School from London all qualified for the tournament from regional preliminary rounds which took place during the last two months.
The King’s team – unbeaten in two preliminary rounds in the Midlands, being victorious over Queen Elizabeth of Barnet (4-0), Bedford Modern (5-2), Haberdashers Aske (3-1), Warwick (7-2), Northampton (7-1) and Bedford (9-2) – fell victim to a most unfortunate group draw with eventual winners and runners-up, Bolton and Dulwich.
The team remained resilient throughout the group games with a close scoreline of 3-1 to Dulwich. In their match against Bolton, the teams were neck and neck until the final 30 seconds when Bolton managed two breakaway goals, pulling away from King’s quite literally in the last minute.
Given the strength of their group partners, King’s were forced into a play-off for fifth and sixth place. Despite great determination and resilience in a tense final match, the score was 5-5 at full time and went to penalties. After five penalties, the score still remained equal. King’s were unlucky when it went to sudden death, missing their goal, while Torquay scored for a final score of 10-9.
King’s under-14s are goalkeper Krzysztof Fedorczuk, Noah Clegg, Tom Cotton, Cameron Chow, Will Seage, JackMarshall, Harry Fowler, Cameron Manderfield, Imran Esmail, Tom Griffin, Noah Cadby, Will Shennan and coach Dave Lord.