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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. Fergus Plant opened the scoring before adding a second. MGS pulled one back, but Aaron Winstanley added a third to Bolton School's score sheet. Chris Ray then made a crucial interception, having covered the full length of the pitch to snuff out an MGS counter. Aaron added his second goal – Bolton’s fourth of the match – with some excellent counter attacking and finishing.
MGS pulled the score back to 4-2 with a spectacular individual goal. However, Sam Richards was not to be outdone and scored an equally impressive goal, which rocketed into the top left corner. With MGS pushing to try and salvage a goal, the game was closely fought, but it was Bolton captain Lewis Daly who completed the scoring. Having been in top form all day, he completed another team goal with an expert finish.
With a final score of 6-2, the Bolton School U18s team was victorious.
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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