Weston Swimming Club’s Senior Water Polo team travelled the relatively short distance to Hengrove Leisure Centre in Bristol for this Division 1 Bristol & District League game, the return leg after they drew 14-all just a couple of weeks ago.
However, this was a completely different story as Weston, without a couple of key players who were unavailable due to other commitments which meant they could only travel with eight players, and although they gave their all, it was a long hard match for them in the all deep pool.
Also, Barbarians were out for revenge after the draw at Hutton Moor, and field a lot stronger team which included recently selected for the 19/under England team, Joe Hubble, and Nick Hume, who is coach of the girls England team, as well as a former assistant coach to the women’s Australian gold-winning team from the Sydney Olympics.
Barbarians opened the scoring, and after only 1.25 minutes had opened up a three-goal lead. Liam Coles settled the nerves of the seasiders with a superb power shot, before Barbarians netted their fourth, but Scott Bradley scored to pull it back to 4-2.
But the Seasiders could not keep up with the fast attacks from the home side, who netted twice more before the end of the period, with Coles getting his second to make it 6-3.
Weston had their worst period of the game in the second quarter, conceding a further eight goals, and only getting one themselves through youngster Vaughan Clarke.
In the third period, captain Reece Trapani tried to rally the Seasiders, scoring a penalty conversion and adding another through a man-up set play, but again they were conceding to many goals to the strong opposition who added a further seven goals to their total at 21-6.
In the final period Barbarians eased up by playing more of their juniors, and because of this Weston won the quarter 3-4, through a lob shot from former captain, Matt Vincent, another two for Trapani, and a third from Coles to complete his hat-trick to give the final score of 25-10.
Hubble finished the game for Barbarians with a fantastic eight goals, and showed he was worthy of his selection to the England Squad, as to Welsh Internationals Jack and Charlie Tod, who both got one apiece. Nathan Brown got another six goals for the home side, and Hume finished with five. Jakob Newman netted two, and Ben McNab was the other Barbarians scorers.
For the Seasiders, Trapani finished with four, Coles got three, and one each for Vincent, Bradley and Clarke.
This outing for Weston proved the need for recruitment of players for the senior teams, so once again we make the plea for any former water polo players in the town to join them, or if there is anyone who wants to have a go at this superb game, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details, or just come along to one of the training sessions at Hutton Moor on a Sunday evening at 6pm.
Weston Team: Danny Jacobs (goalkeeper), Matt Vincent, Reece Trapani (captain), Liam Coles, Scott Bradley, Vaughan Clarke, Steve Etchells, Dean Bird. Coach: Mike Coles. Assistant Coach Nick Purslow.
This Sunday Weston entertain Cwm Draig in the return leg of this league fixture. In March they beat the Welsh side by just one goal at their pool in Aberdare, and it looks like it could be a thrilling game. It starts at 6pm. It will be followed by team refreshments by match sponsors, Mandy and Steve Dexter of The Lamb in Worle High Street.
Please note that there is no training on Sunday 21st April (Easter Sunday), but training returns on Sunday 29th April.