Saturday, 04 March 2017
Bolton School remains the best U18 water polo school team in the country, having won the national ESSA title for the fourth year in a row in an incredible period of national dominance.
Showing professionalism and maturity, the boys remained unfazed by the last minute change of venue as Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School pool was closed due to a plant room explosion. A new venue was found, Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet, and the tournament was delayed by 3 hours; the U15s’ championship was cancelled entirely.
Overcoming Dulwich College 7-2 and Haberdashers’ 7-2 in Group A, the Bolton team found themselves in a tight and nervy semi-final against Trinity School from Croydon. Tied 4-4 at full-time, the Bolton boys won through 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out which saw Elliot Makin as the hero, making three penalty saves. The final proved a more straightforward affair as the boys met Haberdashers’ again, this time overcoming them by 8 goals to 1.
Reflecting on the unprecedented achievement Coach Andy McGinty said: “I am delighted for the team. They have been superbly led by Captain David Price and Vice Captain Ben Ray and key goals by Will Plant and key saves by Elliot Makin and Bill Moores in goal have paved the way for our success. I am really impressed by all of the players, especially the outgoing players who estimate to have spent over 1000 hours training in the school pool since they first joined! Overall, I am extremely proud of these young men, especially as they are history makers - not only is this the fourth year in a row that the School has won the U18s’ title, it also means that this cohort has been national champions at every age group, having previously won at U16 and U14 levels in 2015 and 2013 respectively.”
Bolton School will be seeking victory in the rearranged U15s’ tournament and in the U13s’ competition, as it attempts to achieve the perfect national hat-trick for a third year in succession.
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