Aaron Scores for Manchester in British Water Polo Championship Match
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Sixth Form pupil Aaron Winstanley was one of the talented thirteen water polo players selected for the Manchester team for their first match in the British Men’s Championships.
Manchester played Scottish side Portobello in this tough game, which was the very first competitive match played at their new home, the East Manchester Leisure Centre. The two teams have already clashed twice earlier in the season, with Portobello coming out on top in both games, giving the Manchester players a real incentive to get their own back on this occasion.
On both sides there were recent Commonwealth Games medal winners, and the Manchester team also featured a number of players who represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. The roster also included former Boys’ Division pupils Charles Booth, Rob Rae and Ed Scott.
Old Boy Ed Grundy, who helped Scotland to their bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was also in the pool playing for Portobello.
It was a challenging match for both sides, but the Manchester team eventually emerged triumphant with a score of eight goals to four. Despite being one of the youngest members of the team, Aaron held his own and even managed to put one past the Portobello goalkeeper. The Bolton School alumni also helped the team to win: Rob scored once and Charles twice during the match, while Ed Scott’s goalkeeping ensured the victory.
The Manchester team is now looking forward to its next British Championship match in two weeks’ time against Polytechnic.