Britain’s National Water Polo League Super 5s began this weekend in Sunderland Aquatic’s Centre and the six Saturday fixtures provided drama, late goals and controversy.
Bristol Central men’s stunned City of Manchester by scoring two last minute goals to win 9-8. Ashley Castle, who is just 16 years of age, scored both of the decisive goals. Manchester would be disappointed with the result having led 8-4 in the last quarter.
Manchester women’s did not have much luck either as they also lost by the same score to City of Coventry. After losing the first quarter 6-1, Manchester won the last three quarter but it was Coventry who managed to hold onto the win.
Coventry women’s also won their second Saturday game against Otter. In a very physical battle between the two sides it was the London team who took a 5-4 lead at halftime but collapsed in the second half and wasted numerous chances and the game finished 8-6. Otter coach was left furious after he felt that one of his players was fouled illegally midway through the game.
Portobello men’s made up for their earlier defeat by beating Cheltenham 12-11 in the last game of the evening. Their first match ended in a 12-8 defeat to Lancaster who finished the men’s division unbeaten.
Liverpool Lizards, who finished their division unbeaten and scoring 106 goals in just 7 games, continued their impressive run by thrashing Sheffield Sharks 22-3. Liverpool raced to an 11-1 lead at half time and scored 15 without reply.
After Saturdays games, Lancaster lead the group on goal difference and Coventry are top of the women’s group having one both of the games.
Super 5s continues on Sunday where Cheltenham play City of Manchester and Bristol Central face Lancaster. In the Women’s, Otter play Liverpool Lizards and Sheffield Sharks meet City of Manchester.