Kingston Royals Water Polo
Under 14 London Region Water Polo League
The Under 14 London Region Water Polo tournaments held on Sunday, 25th February 2018 turned out to be our greatest achievement to date. 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss and the loss didn’t reflect how well we performed that evening. In the first game we played Penguins. This was a tough game but evenly matched. 2-2 was the final score with Jed scoring both our goals. Lewis tipping a few nice saves away and Luke having his usual strong dependable wave in defence.
We then went up against Hillingdon. We’ve not beaten them before so it was very pleasing to get our first win, 2-0 with Ellie and Max getting the goals.
Next up was Bexley. By this point I think we were starting to tire and we lost 5-1. This was disappointing as that team in my view were no better than us with the exception of 1 very strong player who stepped up a gear. Ellie scored our only goal. Zhubeen, Shayda and Josh all working so hard to match the opposition who in Shayda’s and Josh’s case were two years older.
Lastly we played Otter. Zhuben was so tired after putting in an excellent shift we nearly had to help him out of the pool! Again this was a very even game which was only decided in the last few seconds. Lewis had played really well out on pitch for this game and made way for Josh to go in goal. At 2-2, Jed and Max having already scored, as well as Jed having had 1 exclusion, Oliver who had played immensely in defence saw Max free up front and launched a fantastic long pass, which lead to the Max getting the winning goal in the last few seconds, 3-2. The pass from Oliver was one of many great long passes he had made that evening.
In summary, Kingston and Otter were the top teams on the night with 2 wins, a draw and a loss each, followed by Penguin and Bexley.
The Team Players were:
It was really pleasing to see the competition being run by a team of Kingston representatives. A huge thank you to Mark Everett (Senior head coach), Lloyd King (Senior team player) and Josh Luff (Development team player) who all gave up their time to run the scoring and results table. Thanks also to Ian Grimwood for his time, not only refereeing but for organising the evening for the league.
Lastly, well done to the players. This is a fantastic achievement and you should all be very proud of yourselves, as are all the coaches.
Steve, Tim and Nora.