Re­mark­able Games for young wa­ter polo side

Half the side had only learned sport in past few months

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Dim­itri Kon­do­nis tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON U15s’ wa­ter polo side pro­duced a won­der­ful team ethic to fin­ish in fourth place in the Lon­don Youth Games last week­end.

The team fin­ished in sec­ond place in the group stage, be­fore fall­ing short in the semi-fi­nals to South­wark 9-3, then sub­se­quently miss­ing out in the third-place play-offs to Croy­don.

But de­spite fall­ing short in the lat­ter stages, the side pro­duced some re­mark­able per­for­mances to qual­ify from the group stage, as half the side had only learned the sport in the past few months.

And Hilling­don de­fied the odds to even qual­ify af­ter be­ing matched in the more dif­fi­cult group of the two.

Af­ter com­plet­ing nar­row wins against Rich­mond 6-5, Haringey 12-9 and South­wark 8-7, the un­der­dogs fell just short against Croy­don 4-7 to fin­ish as run­ner­sup.

And they made the most of their mo­men­tum to beat Hack­ney 12-6 in the quar­ter-fi­nals, be­fore fall­ing to a valiant de­feat in the semis and third-place play-offs.

The side com­prised a mix of both girls and boys be­tween the ages of seven and 10 and in­cluded Nick Birch, Ilyas Raja, Sam Roberts, David Rey­nard, Elana Keiles, Joanna Psoinos, Samir Garnie, Sa­harla Warsame, Yalin Gulen, Michael Sea­groatt, Toby Roberts and Pa­trick Brown.

This year, Hilling­don fielded a very young team and are al­ready look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing next year with a stronger team for a year’s worth of ex­tra train­ing.

Any child who is a good swim­mer and is aged 12 or over is welcome to take part in a free wa­ter polo trial on Satur­day af­ter­noons dur­ing term time at Uxbridge Pool.

Con­tact hilling­don­wa­ter­polo@hot­mail.com for more de­tails.

FOURTH PLACE:

Hilling­don U15s Wa­ter Polo team

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