Stirling High School win Scottish Schools Senior Water Polo Championship
On Friday 16 June 2017 at the National Swimming Academy, Stirling High School won the Scottish Schools Senior Water Polo Championships.
After the group stages, Stirling met James Gillespie’s High School from Edinburgh in the Semi Finals and won through to the final to play the reigning Champions Portobello High School.
After the first period Stirling were trailing 4-1 but staged a thrilling comeback to tie the match 4 all. Into penalties and it was Stirling who came out victors winning 8-6.
This was the first time that a West District School has won the Senior Championships. An excellent achievement following on from the success of Larkhall Academy winning the S1-S3 Championship earlier in the month.
At the National Swimming Academy on Sunday 11 June 2017 and in front of a vociferous support, Stirling retained the West Cup where they defeated Western Baths 20-18 in an extremely competitive and exciting game.
The West Cup is the oldest Water Polo Trophy still to be actively played for in the world dating from 1886 and is fought for by the Senior Teams within the West District of Scottish Swimming.
This was a match up of Youth vs Experience with Stirling fielding 4 players from their Scottish Under 16 Championship winning Team along with a further 6 players all under 20. Western Baths (Glasgow) brought through a significantly older Team with a number of Italians and Hungarians within their ranks.
The first quarter saw Stirling win the swim off and on their first attack scored a well worked goal. Throughout the quarter Stirling were a constant threat and at the end Stirling led 6-3. However, the experienced players of Western Baths were adept at using their size and power against a young Team and were constantly fighting back. In every quarter, every time Stirling stretched their lead, Western fought back to keep in touch.
In the middle of the 4th quarter, Stirling had worked back to a three goal lead but Western kept the pressure on and with less than a minute to go had narrowed the gap to one goal with Stirling leading 19-18. With Western pressing for the equaliser, Stirling stole the ball with under 30 seconds to play and cleverly worked the ball to an unmarked player to score the decisive goal with only 3 seconds left in the game. A 20-18 win for Stirling.
This is a fine achievement for this young Stirling Team who were presented with the trophy from the West District President, Janice Morgan.
MC Entry Information for the S&R Champs at Ayr has been circulated to all Clubs and the INFORMATION on the 2017 District Meets page has been updated.
Find out more about Synchronised Swimming on the Synchro page – click here
Includes photos from the Inter-District Competition.
The West Cup
Glasgow Uni 14 Stirling 15
Western Baths 5 Strathclyde Uni 5
Western won Penalty Shoot Out.
Final on 11th June at Stirling Uni Pool
Stirling v Western Baths
The Commonwealth Cup
Larkhall 10 Glasgow Uni (Ladies) 5
Forth Valley 20 Kirkintilloch 3
Larkhall 6 Stirling 17
Final on 10th Sept at Stirling Uni Pool
Stirling v Forth Valley
The West District on the rotation have the opportunity to nominate a SASA 2nd Vice President. If you are interested please complete the application and matrix and submit to Karen Gray, District Secretary by 1st November 2017.
Find out more about the Water Polo section of K&K on the Water Polo page.
Mixed Team from Larkhall Academy beat George Watsons 6-1 to take crown of
Scottish Schools Champions (S1-3)
Scottish Schools Water Polo Championships
Friday 2nd June 2017
Levels S1 – S3
St Margarets Academy Livingston Start-10 a.m.
Rory Robertson, Ben Fyfe, Fraser Canning, Aron Stevenson, Lewis Cuthbertson,
Ruaridh Henderson, Ryan Campbell, Harry McHolm, + The McAllister Twins who start
with Larkhall Academy August 2017, this is to comply with tournament rules.
Match 1: Larkhall 9 St. Ninians Acad 0
Match 2: Larkhall 7 Royal Academy 1
Match 3: Larkhall 6 James Gillespies HS 1
Semi Final: Larkhall 2 Grove Acad Dundee 2
Penalty Shoot Out Winners: Larkhall
FINAL: Larkhall 6 George Watsons 1
Winners: Larkhall Academy 2017
Top scorers (Larkhall Only)
Fraser Canning 12
Ben Fyfe 9
Ryan Campbell 3
Lewis Cuthbertson 2
Voted Best Player in the Tournament
Rory Robertson ( Larkhall)
This was done by the organizing committee and was a majority vote.
Master: Barry Ogilvie
Coaches: Peter Bruce & Jake Stevenson
Referee: Hartley P. MacGibbon
Stirling Water Polo Successes, Staff, Contacts and more on Water Polo page, click to access