Water Polo - London U14 League - Tournament 2 of 3 - Sunday, 28th Jan 2018
Water Polo - London U14 League - Tournament 2 of 3 - Sunday 28th Jan 2018
Lewis Goff, Ellie Wott, Oliver Risteski, Luke Tredwell, Artie Wood, Jed Carroll, Shayda Shahabi, Hannah Richardson, Max Luff
This was to be an evening that won't be forgotton for some time. It included not only some edge of your seat, nail biting ends to games, but also Kingston Royals Junior’s first ever win. To be followed by another win then, what can only be decribed as the most entetaining 0-0 draw I’ve ever witnessed (and the first ever 0-0 draw we’ve ever seen in polo!)
Game 1
First up was Kingston v Haringey. Unfortunately for various reasons we only had enough players turn up to field a team plus 1 sub, but nevertheless the players gave it a great go. Haringey eventually went on to win all their games so it was a shame we played them first, as from this game onwards we became stronger, more confident and understood the the need to press the oposition hard.  
Loss 1-4
Scorers: Ellie x1
Game 2
Next up were Bexley. We had noticed that they had convincingly won their first game having two very strong players. We were very fortunate to be able to quickly make a phone call and beg for another player to come down (thank you to my lovely wife for doing so and ruining the Sunday roast!). Every player marked their opponant so closely, what we call a ‘full press’, not giving them any room to receive or shoot, thus causing them to make the mistake, all whilst still working hard to break off them to score when possession came our way. This game was the turning point for the club. It was our first win, EVER!
Win 4-3
Scorers: Ellie x3 & Max x1
Exclusions (Majors): Oliver x1 & Shayda x1
Game 3
After being on a high and brimming with confidence the next game didn't fail to entertain. Otter were the opposition. Ellie and Max had us 2-0 up in a fast start, followed by a great long shot from Jed, (‘top bins’ I heard soneone say) to put us 3-1 up, only to see them score 2 very good shots, pulling the score back to 3-3. Lewis made some fantastic saves to keep us in with a chance whilst Luke, Oliver and Shayda all constantly made some last ditch tackles to thwart their chances of a winning goal. In the last seconds of the game Hannah broke away and very nearly scored, but their goalie produced an outstanding save. However, the ball somehow fell to Artie and with only 1 second left he calmly placed the ball into the back of the net. What a win, 4-3. 
Win 4-3
Scorers: Ellie x1, Max x1, Jed x1, Artie x1
Exclusions (Majors): Jed x1
Game 4
Last up were Nora’s old team Penguin, a very well established team for quite some time now. We must have had half a dozen chances either saved or hit the woodwork which to be fair was the same story for Penguin. It was to be the best 0-0 draw I’ve ever seen!  In the last 30 seconds we thought for a brief second or two that Max had won it for us with a shot from 7 metres out into the top right. Unfortunately there had been an infringement just before that which meant play should have restarted from Max’s position. Following that, Max could have shot immediately as he was in the Shot Zone outside 5 metres however not realising that the game had been restarted, he dummied the shot before shooting and scoring resulting in the goal being disallowed. A bit of a shame but still a great perfomance by all. 
Draw 0-0
Coaches atending:
Tim Goff
Nora Benko
Steve Luff
All in all this goes to show the huge progression weve made in a short time. This reflects not only on the u14 team tonight but also on the u12’s and everyone else who might not have had a chance to play yet. The success tonight is from the continued hard work of the players on a Saturday morning and Thursday night at training and from the support from the parents. Lets all rejoice in the great performance and results from tonights games and keep moving forwards. 
Any club members interested in joining the team should email either Damien or Nora for details.