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Friday, 18 March 2016
The U13 Water Polo team has made it through the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) qualifying round and will now play at the national finals for their age group!
All four matches on were hotly contested, but each time the Bolton boys proved too strong for the opposition. They won their first two matches without conceding a single goal, beating St Ambrose Grammar School 8-0 and Ripley St Thomas 11-0.
Going on to play local rival Manchester Grammar School, the team let a single goal slip past, but still emerged victorious with a score of 6-1. The final match of the day against St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College was the closest of the day, with both teams battling it out, but with a final score of 4-2 the Bolton team remained undefeated on the day.
The players are now looking forward to the exciting prospect of the national finals, which are to be held in May.
The U15 and U18 teams have already defended their national titles for the second and third years in a row at their national finals, held at Bolton One earlier in March. If the U13 team are successful, they will they will complete the hat-trick once again and the School will hold all three national ESSA water polo titles for the for the second year running!
The U13s’ success at the ESSA qualifying round followed hot on the heels of their impressive win at the Greater Manchester School Games on the 15th of March. The U13 team represented the Bolton borough at the games, and showed their skill under pressure with a full set of six comprehensive victories on the day! The closest match of the day was against the runners up, Manchester Grammar School (Manchester), which the Bolton team won 6-0. The team also played against Beech House School (Rochdale), Bury Grammar School (Bury), Fred Longworth High School (Wigan), Hulme Grammar School (Oldham), and St Ambrose Grammar School (Trafford).
A number of Bolton School Year 10 pupils with a passion for water polo refereed, coached and became table officials for Water Polo at the Greater Manchester School Games. This allowed them to gain valuable leadership experience.
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