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Boys Shine at ESSA National Water Polo Finals

Monday, 10 March 2014

Over the weekend, the U16s and U18s Water Polo teams travelled to take part in the ESSA National Water Polo Finals.

The U16s team played hard in the group stages. They lost their first game against the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School with a narrow margin of 3-2, but went on to win against King Edward's School 6-0 to earn a place in the semi-final. This match was against Alleyns, and the Bolton School team eventually won 5-4 on penalties. They unfortunately lost out 4-3 in the final against the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in what was a very close game – a disappointing result, but one which shouldn't undermine what was still a great achievement.

In the afternoon, the U18s team beat Torquay 8-5 but lost 5-4 to Manchester Grammar School. However, they still qualified from their group and went up against King Edward’s school, Birmingham to win 5-4.

The boys then played local rivals Manchester Grammar School in the final. The Bolton School U18 team emerged victorious after a very dramatic and closely fought match.

Mr McGinty, who travelled to the matches with the boys, was full of praise for their efforts. “I was hugely proud of the boys’ achievements, as they train so hard throughout the year and thoroughly deserved it. The victory is even more pleasing considering we had no Year 13s in the team, so are in fact a young team full of potential.”

The boys received praise for their team play from onlookers, as well as recently positive comments from departed captain Drew Winstanley and fellow Old Boy and London Olympian Ed Scott, who both followed the game on Twitter.

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The U16s team worked hard throughout their matches

The U16s team worked hard throughout their matches

The victorious U18s team

The victorious U18s team