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Saturday, 09 March 2013
Bolton School’s U16s’ Intermediate Water Polo Team are English Schools’ National Water Polo Champions!
In a superlative display of water polo skills in the Walsall pool, the boys were unbeaten in the competition. Cruising through their league with a 14-2 victory over Haberdashers’ Aske’s School from Elstree and a 11-6 triumph over King Edward’s School Birmingham, the boys progressed to the semi-final where they met Kings’ School Grantham. A convincing 9-2 victory put them into the final where they met local rivals, Manchester Grammar School. Bolton rose to the moment, securing victory by a margin of 7-4.
The team was coached by Mr Andrew McGinty and Dr Michael Yates. A proud Mr McGinty said: “The boys were outstanding all day and were always focused on ending the school's 8 year wait for a national title. Admirably led by Captain Lewis Daly they really deserved their victory after working so hard for each other all year leading up to this competition. The final against MGS was a throwback from two years previous when MGS won the day on penalties after drawing the match so it was a special moment to win this time around! I am delighted that these boys have realised their potential and have won every game they have played. Well Done Boys!”
The Boys' Division Senior Water Polo Team also had a successful day at Walsall, running in third in the English Schools' Water Polo Championships. The squad performed exceptionally well against strong opposition to reach the 3/4th playoff.
Coach Mr McGinty said: "Some of the players had played in the previous under 16s' competition and were playing their eight game that day! But they all rolled up their sleeves and gave it their best. Well done boys!"
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