Stretford ASC Water Polo team contributed 7 players last weekend to the Under 15 City of Manchester Water Polo A team, ultimately winning last weekend’s National Age Group Championships. Congratulations to:
Callum Fookes (GK)
Thanks too to Judy for sending over this report:
The team won the early round matches by a good margin. The semi-final against Ealing was a rough and tough match although eventually the boys disciplined team play and grit enabled them to pull away to win again by a good margin. The final against Caledonia was tense with each team going a goal up at times to end the game play at 6-6
. The match was then decided in a penalty shoot out. Stretford was again well represented at this point with Callum Fookes in goal saving Caledonia’s first shot giving Manchester the lead. Chris Rhodes, Thomas Yates, Tom Roche all successfully shot their penalties, leaving the final penalty for Luke Roche – a very stressful moment for all – and then big celebrations for the team as it sailed in.
Stretford was also represented in the City of Mancheter B team by Jerome Walker Sherriff and Harry Bentham. The B team had some tough matches and battled on in good spirits despite some disappointments. However, playing with the B team in the competition provided an opportunity for the younger players to experience the standard of play and atmosphere of a big competition event.
Over the course of two weekends team members from Stretford ASC have been competing against other swimmers across Greater Manchester at the Greater Manchester Autumn Meet. What a successful two weekends our swimmers had. Medals for some, PBs for all our competitors and whilst there was not a team competition, the suggestion is we were one of the Top 10 performing clubs (parent’s view was Top 3!!!). We had three swimmers in their first open meet gala, so well done to Saioa Echeverria, Ainara Echeverria and Eleanor Smith. Congratulations to all and a summary of medals is below.
Gold (200IM; 50 Fly; 50 Back; 50 Free; 200 Back; 100 Back; 100 Free); Silver (400IM; 200 Free; 50 Breast; 100 Breast); Bronze (400 Free)
Bronze (50 Breast; 100 Breast)
Silver (400IM; 50 Fly); Bronze (50m Free; 100 Free)
Gold (50m Free; 100 Free; 100 Fly; 50 Fly); Silver (100 Breast; 200 Breast); Bronze (400 Free; 200 Free; 50 Breast)
Gold (400 IM; 50m Fly; 100 Back; 100 Fly); Silver (400 Free; 100 Free; 50 Breast; 200 Free; 200 Breast; 50 Free); Bronze (200IM; 200 back)
Gold (100 Breast; 50 Breast; 50 Fly) Silver (100 Fly; 200IM; 50 Free)
Additionally Reuben Rowbotham-Keating, Alfie Marrs and Chiara Tomasello were the top swimmers in their respective age groups over the whole meet.
A total of 154 swims, with 120 faster then entry times, 17 Golds, 16 Silver and 11 bronze. Everybody swam at least 1 PB and a special mention about one of those Erin Hoyland’s swim in 400 IM – her time in this gala was almost as fast as combining her 100m best times from the individual events -“awesome!”
Well done to all!
Greater Manchester Autumn Meet 02.10.16
Greater Manchester Autumn Meet Swimmer Order 02.10.16
Greater Manchester Autumn 16.10.16
Greater Manchesrer Autumn Swimmer Order 16.10.16
I want to say a huge well done to all the swimmers who raced at the Swim Trafford Early Bird meet on Saturday 17th September. I was pleased to see PBs and medals for many of our swimmers and good race skills on show from all those involved. Our team spirit was obvious from the chanting and encouragement for swimmers while they raced. Lets keep that up!
We are coming into a busy few months for team galas and open meets so keep training hard if you want to see positive results. It is important to remember that while medals are fantastic, gaining PBs shows swimmers their own personal improvement. Everyone had at least one PB which reflected the great effort I’ve seen in training over summer and in the early part of September.
Stretford has a lot of competitions through the year but so far only one – Club Champs – has a set of club records for swimmers to aim at. We have decided to establish this set of records for all age groups to recognise fast swimming and offer target times for those who want extra motivation to work hard. These records go from 7 years of age right up to the open (18+) age group and the age group relates to the swimmer’s age on the day they race. Record keeping began in January 2016 so there are many records still to be set. Times will be recorded whenever anyone swims under the Stretford name.