Congratulations to Trinity’s U18 Girls’ Water Polo team who this week secured a place in the top 6 schools in the UK and a place in the ESSA National Finals. They played four tough matches, and achieved three wins and a narrow loss; final results below:
Mr King, Head of Aquatics, provides the match report:
“Our first two victories against Old Palace and QE Faversham schools meant that we had already secured a place in the National Plate Final. We were keen to win our final two games to try and secure us a place amongst the top 6 schools in the country.
“We were a bit unlucky in our match against Colfe’s as had the lead for all but the final two minutes of the game. We approached the Alleyn’s game as a ‘free hit’ and hoped it would provide us with a perfect opportunity to gain more experience ahead of the Plate Final against the current ESSA U18 title holders.
“Lucy Bullock was quite simply unstoppable; all evening, but especially against Alleyn’s. She scored three wonderful solo efforts to take us into a comfortable lead. At the same time, our goalkeeper Eva Haunstetter made two superb saves to deny Alleyn’s. Alleyn’s got off the mark late in the first half which meant we went into the 2nd half 3-1 ahead. We started the 2nd half with another screamer from Lucy, and our girls did wonderfully to keep Alleyn’s at bay for large periods. Alleyn’s did however manage to score two further goals which made for a nervy final few moments. Alleyn’s lost possession with 30 seconds to go, and Lucy ran the clock down perfectly to secure our first ever victory against Alleyn’s since we started a girls’ water polo team in 2014.
“The win meant that three teams finished on the same points, with our greater goal difference than Colfe’s meaning we qualified for the National Final in second place behind Alleyn’s.
“We look forward to the National Final on Tuesday 28 March at Northampton School for Boys, where we hope to emulate the squad of 2016, who secured a bronze medal!”
Good luck to the girls’ U18 squad:
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