Pen­guins take home youth games tro­phy

WA­TER POLO

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLING­DON Pen­guins Wa­ter Polo club came away from the Lon­don Youth Games with some sil­ver­ware at Crys­tal Palace last week.

The Pen­guins team, which in­cluded largely in­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, were handed an un­for­tu­nate draw against two of the com­pe­ti­tion’s elite teams.

Af­ter back-to-back nar­row de­feats to both Cam­den and Croy­don, Hilling­don qual­i­fied for the se­condary plate com­pe­ti­tion.

A run of four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries over Enfield, Mer­ton, Har­row and Waltham en­sured that the club marked the day with some sil­ver­ware.

Hilling­don play­ers Yalin Gulen and Toby Roberts both per­formed im­pres­sively and jus­ti­fied their re­cent se­lec­tion into the cur­rent U16 Lon­don team.

Coach Aram Eidipour was de­lighted with the team’s over­all per­for­mance and heaped praise on Michael Sea­groatt, Samir Garnie and Ben Ma­son for their ef­forts dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

With only one mem­ber of the team set to age out and four U13s in the team, the fu­ture looks bright for Hilling­don.

Any­one aged be­tween 10 and 18 look­ing to get in­volved in wa­ter polo in the Hilling­don area should con­tact Sue at hilling­don­wa­ter­polo@hot­mail. com or on 07980 577 082.

VIC­TO­RI­OUS West Dray­ton Ex­plor­ers had plenty to cel­e­brate at the week­end.

They came away from Uxbridge Ro­tary Club’s an­nual tour­na­ment with two tro­phies.

The U10s beat near-neigh­bours Sandgate to the gong in their sec­tion.

And the U11s took the glory de­spite play­ing a whole age group above in the U12s sec­tion.

n BRIGHT FU­TURE: Hilling­don Pen­guins

n GLORY: West Dray­ton Ex­plor­ers

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