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

University of Sunderland Water Polo team will play their first BUCS games of the season against Northumbria 2nds and Durham 2nds on Monday evening.

The three teams will compete in a Tri Series competition at Northumbria University Sport Central and vice-president Sam Balmbra hopes his side can be a threat this season.

“I’m just looking for us to play well and show that just because this is only our second season, doesn’t mean we can’t be a threat to them,” said Balmbra.

“We have really gelled as a team and hopefully it will show when we can put our training into practice.”

Durham go into the game having won their previous two games, including a walk over victory against Leeds Beckett Carnegie 1sts. They have already beaten Sunderland in their previous two games 19-5 and 17-2.

Northumbria lost their opening two games of their campaign against local rivals Newcastle 2nds and York 1sts, but managed to beat Leeds Beckett Carnegie 7-6 in their last game.

“I’m not really bothered about our position in BUCS, it’s more important to me how we play as a team, although if we could get a win that would be fantastic,” Balmbra continued.

“It will be tough playing two games in one day especially as we will be two players short but apart from this we are in the same position as everyone else so hopefully we can use our superior fitness.”

York lead the Northern 2B division with three wins out of three. Sunderland are second from bottom above Leeds Beckett Carnegie who have -3 points.



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