University of Sunderland men’s Water Polo captain Jay-Dee Ferguson said it was great to be able to captain the side for the first time.

The 21-year-old took over from last year’s captain Sam Balmbra but saw his side lose their opening two BUCS games 17-1 by Durham 2nds and 12-3 by Northumrbia 2nds on Monday evening.

Sunderland University in action during a Water Polo tournament earlier this year

Despite the poor performance, Ferguson says he was happy with the effort the team showed throughout the game.

“The team has developed a lot since first being setup three years ago. Although we were unable to come away with a win it was great to be able to lead the team and it was extremely pleasing to see the effort put in by everyone,” explained Ferguson.

“As it was our first proper game of the season we were unsure what to expect.

“There were a few mistakes that occurred and our general fitness was not up to scratch however, these are areas that have been identified and can be worked on for future games.”

In a change of formation in the second game, Ferguson played in a more favourable attacking position alongside Adam Woods and the pair showed some good link-up play throughout the game.

“During the two games I was played in both an attacking and defensive role. I would much rather play in an attacking role and enjoyed playing up front alongside Adam in the second game.

“With a full squad we will be able to pick our strongest team and play everyone in their strongest positions.”

To make things even worse, Ferguson’s brother, Calum, played in the Northumbria side that beat Sunderland 12-3.

“It was strange playing against him. Growing up we have played alongside each other in a number of different teams and was weird to finally come face-to-face,” explained Ferguson.

“It definitely helps to increase the rivalry and unfortunately he got the upper hand this time.”


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