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National Water Polo Teams Visit

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Bolton School was delighted to host the Australian U17 schoolboys and schoolgirls and Romanian U17 national water polo teams ahead of their English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) international triangular tournament which also involved their English counterparts. The School’s elite athletes met up with the three squads and there was a welcome talk from Ian Elliott, Chair of England Water Polo ahead of a lunch and tour of the school. 

The weekend games took place at the East Manchester Leisure Centre and the Jason Kenny Centre, Bolton. Two Year 11 boys, Thomas Yates and Jensen Myerscough, played in the England team and they were joined by fellow City of Manchester water polo team player and former pupil Lewis Daley who was Assistant Coach and Bolton School teacher and former pupil Aaron Winstanley. England Team Manager for the tournament was Dr Mike Yates, a teacher and water polo coach from Bolton School and the School's Head Water Polo Coach Andy McGinty was part of the organising team along with former Head of Sport at Bolton School Boys' Division Trevor Pledger and Colin Walsh. The first game at BL1 was started by Councillor John Byrne throwing the ball into the water in the presence of Head of Leisure Trust Dave Singleton. 

Junior Girls' water polo players from Bolton School watched the action, alongside Junior Boys players who were escorted by their teacher Mr Winstanley. 

England beat Australia 11-9 but lost out to a strong Romanian team, which left them as group winners with England second and Australia third. There was also an U17 match between England and Australia girls and a game between England and a Manchester Select Team. 

Bolton School students Thea Simpson and Marcus Crompton will play against the Australians in their final tour match in London on Saturday 15 December before they return home.

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