Drogheda duo an­swer Ire­land call

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

DROGHEDA Water Polo’s youth pol­icy will reap re­wards this week­end at the EU Na­tions Junior Men’s Water Polo Tour­na­ment in the Czech Re­pub­lic when two of their star play­ers, Sean Gul and Ai­dan Mul­laney will be on the start­ing team when they line up to take on Aus­tria in their open­ing game on Fri­day.

The club was fur­ther hon­oured when coach Joe Smyth se­lected Sean Gul to take on the role of team cap­tain at the event. This is the first time that a Drogheda player has had the priv­i­lege of cap­tain­ing his coun­try, and de­spite the fact that he plays in goal, Sean is a true leader both in and out of the water.

There are 12 na­tions, made up of 11 Euro­pean teams and cur­rent ti­tle hold­ers South Africa. Ire­land have been drawn in Group B along­side their Czech hosts and their near neigh­bours Aus­tria, so the at­mos­phere their first two matches is ex­pected to be par­ti­san.

Group A is made up of Wales, South Africa and Lithua­nia, and the Welsh boys will have their work cut out.

Group C could be called the North Sea group as it sees Scot­land, Eng­land and Den­mark go head to head.

Eng­land should edge this group with the Scots and Danes fight­ing for sec­ond. In Group D, Fin­land, Malta and Switzer­land do bat­tle with the likely win­ners of that one be­ing Malta.

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