SW Region Inter-County Water Polo Championships 2015
David Bradley, Dorset County ASA Water Polo Secretary reports on our County sides fared at Millfield on 6 December 2015.
Dorset Girls were outclassed by both Devon and Gloucester as were the Mixed Under 15s although in their case they should have beaten but drew with Cornwall, and beat Wiltshire.
The older boys (Under 17) had mixed fortunes. Having gone 3 goals up against Gloucester, they lost by a goal, and so just about held their own. In their game against eventual winners Devon, a disastrous first quarter saw them lose heart a little and they were easily beaten.
The 'Medals' - silver - came from both ends of the age spectrum. The Mixed Under 13s beat Gloucester but lost to Devon. Their much older counterparts, the Seniors had a very good tournament. The competition is at “Intermediate level” ie not featuring Devon or Gloucester teams who are too good! Dorset Senior Men were unbeaten, with draws against Wiltshire and Cornwall followed by a win against last years’ winners Somerset. All the games in that age group were very tight, with only the odd goal separating sides.
So overall with six Counties in the region, we are about third. It has been achieved with a very small player and club base, sometimes meaning that selection is just a matter of getting the only players in an age group together! Our Under 15s goalkeeper was hospitalised after a Rugby match in the days before the competition, so the under 13s keeper stepped up and played in both age groups! Well done.
Limited club participation means not enough local competition and matches - none for the girls. And it showed.
Congratrulations to the players who were selected to represent Dorset, some on two or more occasions.
Download James Baker's report from the competitions held at Millfield on 6 December 2015.
James has thanked colleagues for their hard work in getting county teams together and also the numerous people who helped out on the Table during the course of the day. Having three Table Officials bail out the night before did increase stress levels notably in the morning!