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Saturday, 05 March 2016
Bolton School retained English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) water polo titles at U18 and U15 level with resounding victories as Bolton One hosted its first national water polo finals. The double began when the U15s’ team, captained by Jos Winstanley, ran out convincing 7-1 winners in the final against Alleyn’s School Croydon, having beaten Dulwich School 6-0, Alleyn’s School 5-1 and Trinity School 7-1 along the way. It was the second year in a row that the U15s have won the national title.
The U18s’ team, captained by Tom Prayle, had to come from behind in their final. Bill Moores made a fine first-half penalty save and pushed a shot onto the bar with Bolton already 1-0 down to Haberdasher Aske’s. James Barker, normally a goalkeeper, scored several crucial goals for Bolton including the equaliser in the final, upon which the team built and secured a 3-1 win with a goal in the last 90 seconds! Earlier in the competition, they had beaten Enfield 6-2, Haberdasher’s 3-1 and Alleyn’s School 7-1. It was the third year in a row that the U18s have won the national title.
Head Coach Andy McGinty, said: “I was delighted with the way we controlled the games, especially in light of the fact that our U18s’ team had not beaten Haberdasher Aske’s before in a final.”
Representing sport in the town was Dave Singleton, Head of the Leisure Trust and Anna Fitzpatrick, Head of School Science and Sport at the University of Bolton and from England Water Polo, Phil Winstanley and Ian Elliott presided over the event; there were interesting discussions on further collaboration and usage of the town’s outstanding facilities by England Water Polo. The event was professionally administered by Serco.
Bolton School’s U13s will look to complete the hattrick with a win in their finals next month.
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