The first half of Lent Term was a very busy one for both girls’ and boys’ teams in the English Schools Water Polo competitions, as well as the inter-house competitions.
The girls’ team, led by Nina B, successfully progressed to the final of the English Schools Plate competition (second tier of water polo schools) which Marlborough College will host for the first time since we have entered the competition. Standout players included Mela B, Clemmy G, Saffy R and Helena C (in goal). We wish the girls’ team well in the Plate final, which will be played towards the end of the Lent term.
The boys’ team, while disappointed to only qualify for the English Schools Water Polo ‘Bowl’ championship (third tier of water polo schools), have taken heart from the fact that for the first time they will be competing in an English Schools Final and for silverware. The Bowl Trophy final is scheduled to take place in the remaining weeks of the Lent term (and will be hosted at Eton).
Congratulations go to Ivy House who won the Lowers girls’ inter-house competition with Elmhurst close runners up. Congratulations also to B1 who beat Preshute in the final of the Lowers boys’ inter-house Water Polo competition early on in the first half of term. The Uppers inter-house water polo competition culminated in a repeat clash of last year’s final which was completed in the final days of the half-term. Cotton eventually retained the trophy with Turner just falling short at the last hurdle.
Head of Water Polo
Marlborough has its own superb, eight-lane, 25-metre competition pool which is among the best in the south-west of the country. The ability to raise the pool floor at one end gives flexibility to the teaching and training environment. There is a full complement of water polo equipment for matches and competitions.
ESSA (English Schools Swimming Association) water polo competitions and other inter-school fixtures take place throughout the academic year, with interhouse competitions during the Lent Term.
Coaching is led by Andy Hicks, the head coach for the Wiltshire county water polo teams and ASA Level 2.