Weekly Update 21st September 2017

NOTE: NO CLUB TRAINING THIS WEEKEND IN Newport

Well done to the Juniors for their performance against South Gloucester, despite the team missing many players. Good win, well done to you all. Thank you parents for putting the effort in and suffering the sauna that is the pool environment in Winterbourne.

There is no Club training on Saturday due to a Gala.

The Seniors play a friendly against Bath Uni on Saturday afternoon, in Bath. Please can everyone meet in the gym and pool complex foyer at 5PM.

The Seniors have a match against Newton Abbott next Wednesday, James will send out details soon.

RTC in both Newport and Carmarthen this Friday. Newport from 20.00 – 22.00, Carmarthen from 20.30 – 22.00.

The Welsh 2003 Squad trains at RTC this week and next week, and has a practice match in Bristol at 09.30 on Sunday 24th September.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

20th Sept, Wed       20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

22nd Sept, Fri          RTC in Newport and Carmarthen

23rd Sept, Sat          No Training, Gala

23rd Sept, Sat          17.00 Seniors V Bath Uni, Away

27th Sept, Wed        20.30 – 22.00, Seniors V Newton Abbott, Home

29th Sept, Fri           20.00 - 22.00, RTC in Newport and Carmarthen

30th Sept, Sat          No training - Gala

1st Oct, Sun               17.00, Juniors V Cwm Draig, Away

4th Oct, Wed            20.30 – 22.00, Seniors V Swindon, Home

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

 

Weekly Update 13th September 2017

NOTE: Training this weekend is on Sunday.

Well done to the Juniors for their spirited performance against Wanderers on Saturday. the scoreline does not reflect the level of effort you all put into the match, there were long periods of great play from all.

Training as normal tonight for the Seniors

There is no Club training on Saturday due to a Gala, but there is training on Sunday, Juniors from 14.00 – 15.30, Seniors from 15.30 – 17.00

The Club is aware that there is a slight conflict with Welsh Water Polo Clinic on Sunday, those people affected, please have a chat with your Squad coaches about what you and they feel you should do.

The Juniors have a match against South Gloucester next Tuesday, Isaac will send out details soon.

RTC re-starts in both Newport and Carmarthen this Friday. Newport from 20.00 – 22.00, Carmarthen from 20.30 – 22.00.

Welsh Water Polo clinic runs this Sunday, from 11.00 – 14.00 in Cardiff, with Academy running from 11.00 – 12.00

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

13th Sept, Wed      20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

15th Sept, Fri         20.00 - 22.00, RTC in Newport and Carmarthen

16th Sept, Sat        No training - Gala

17th Sept, Sun        11.00 – 14.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                11.00 – 12.00, Academy at Clinic

                                14.00 – 15.30, Juniors training in Newport

                                15.30 – 17.00, Seniors Training in Newport

19th Sept, Tue        19.30, Juniors V South Gloucester Away

20th Sept, Wed      20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

22nd Sept, Fri         RTC in Newport and Carmarthen

23rd Sept, Sat         No Training, Gala

23rd Sept, Sat         17.00 Seniors V Bath Uni, Away

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

Weekly Update 6th September 2017

I would like to start by saying a massive well done to all of the Juniors who played against Cwm Draig last weekend. You all produced a wonderful performance, and it was great to see the younger juniors getting so much game time and more than holding your own, well done all of you

Training as normal tonight for the Seniors

Those Juniors not involved in the match against Wanderers, training is at 4PM until 5PM on Saturday.

Isaac will be sending out the team list for the Junior Match against Wels Wanderers in Newport this Saturday and he asks that everyone please be at the pool for 4.45PM. Please don’t forget there is a £3 match fee payable by all players.

The Seniors match against Newton Abbott has now been re-arranged for Wednesday evening on 27th September.

There is no RTC at either Newport or Carmarthen this Friday.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

6th Sept, Wed         20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

9th Sept, Sat           16.00 – 17.00, Juniors training

                                 17.00 – 18.30, Juniors V Wanderers at home

                                 18.30 – 20.00, Seniors Training

13th Sept, Wed        20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

15th Sept, Fri           20.00 - 22.00, RTC in Newport and Carmarthen

16th Sept, Sat          No training - Gala

17th Sept, Sun         11.00 – 14.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                 11.00 – 12.00, Academy at Clinic

                                 14.00 – 15.30, Juniors training

                                 15.30 – 17.00, Seniors Training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

Weekly Update 30th August 2017

I hope that everyone has had a great summer and we are all well on the way for the new term and the rest of the year ahead.

Training as normal tonight for the Seniors

Those Juniors not involved in the match against Cwm Draig, training is at 4PM until 5PM on Saturday.

Isaac has sent out the team for the Juniors match against Cwm Draig in Newport and he asks that everyone please be at the pool for 4.45PM

The Seniors match against Newton Abbott on Saturday has been cancelled, as soon as we have a new date I will let you all know.

There is no RTC at either Newport or Carmarthen this Friday.

Swansea Swim Set for the Welsh Junior men is on this Saturday between 2 and 4.30PM.

Welsh Water Polo Clinic is on Sunday from 11 – 2PM, with Academy at Clinic from 11 – 12.

The Welsh team for the 2003 National Age Groups will be starting to form now, if you want to be involved, it is fairly important that you attend the training session.

The following weekend, 9th September, the Juniors take on Welsh Wanderers at home.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

30th Aug, Wed         20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

2nd Sept, Sat           14.00 – 16.30, Junior Men Swim Set

                                  16.00 – 17.00, Juniors training

                                  17.00 – 18.30, Juniors V Cwm Draig at home

                                  18.30 – 20.00, Seniors Training

3rd Sept, Sun           11.00 – 14.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                 11.00 – 12.00, Academy at Clinic

6th Sept, Wed          20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

9th Sept, Sat            16.00 – 17.00, Juniors training

                                  17.00 – 18.30, Juniors V Wanderers at home

                                  18.30 – 20.00, Seniors Training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

Weekly Update 23rd August 2017

Please could anyone who has not replied about their availability for the Junior match against Cwm Draig on 2nd September, please let me know as soon as possible.

Training as normal tonight for the Seniors

Quite a few of the Seniors and Juniors are off to Penzance this weekend for a weekend away, but Juniors Club Training this weekend is as normal at 16.00 for those not going to Penzance.  

Both the Juniors and Seniors are in action in the BWWPL on 2nd September, matches start at 17.00 and 18.30 respectively.

Training for the Juniors not involved in the match is from 16.00 to 17.00 on the 2nd September.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

23rd Aug, Wed           20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

26th Aug, Sat             16.00 – 17.30, Junior Training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors training

30th Aug, Wed           20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

2nd Sept, Sat              16.00 – 17.00, Juniors training

                                    17.00 – 18.30, Juniors V Cwm Draig at home

                                    18.30 – 20.00, Seniors V Newton Abbott at home

6th Sept, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

 

Weekly Update 15th August 2017

Sorry this update is a little early, but I am busy for the next few days, so I thought I would get it in while I could.

Please could anyone who has not replied about their availability for the Junior match against Cwm Draig on 2nd September, please let me know as soon as possible.

Likewise, please confirm your availability for the Seniors Newton Abbott match on 2nd September if you have not already.

Not much to say really, the holiday season continues.

Training as normal tomorrow for the Seniors

Club Training this weekend is as normal, Juniors at 16.00 and Seniors at 17.30.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

16th Aug, Wed          20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

19th Aug, Sat            16.00 – 17.30, Juniors training

                                  17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

23rd Aug, Wed         20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

26th Aug, Sat           16.00 – 17.30, Junior Training

                                  17.30 – 19.00, Seniors training

30th Aug, Wed         20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

Weekly Update 9th August 2017

Please add a match for the Seniors against Bath Uni on 23rd September at 17.30 to the calendar. This is a friendly, but should be a very good workout. This match will be at the end of the Bath Uni pre-season training, so they should be up for it.

Training as normal tonight for the Seniors

Club Training this weekend is as normal, Juniors at 16.00 and Seniors at 17.30.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

12th Aug, Sat              16.00 – 17.30, Junior Training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors training

16th Aug, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

19th Aug, Sat              16.00 – 17.30, Juniors training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

23rd Aug, Wed           20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 4th August 2017

Not much to say this week, holidays are well and truly upon us.

There is no RTC in Newport or Carmarthen this Friday.

Club Training this weekend is as normal, Juniors at 16.00 and Seniors at 17.30.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

5th Aug, Sat               16.00 – 17.30, Juniors training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

9th Aug, Wed             20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

12th Aug, Sat              16.00 – 17.30, Junior Training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors training

16th Aug, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 28th July 2017

Well done to both the Juniors and Seniors for their performances last weekend. Newton Abbott, in the Teignmouth Lido, is never an easy fixture, and our Juniors went there with a seriously under strength side. All played well and stuck at the game to the final whistle. The Seniors played well, considering their lack of shallow end experience, and came away with a vital win. Well done to both teams.

There is no RTC in Newport or Carmarthen this Friday.

Club Training this weekend is as normal, Juniors at 16.00 and Seniors at 17.30.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

29th July, Sat             16.00 – 17.30, Junior Training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors training

2nd Aug, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

5th Aug, Sat               16.00 – 17.30, Juniors training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

9th Aug, Wed             20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 19th July 2017

Well done to the Seniors for their performance in the match against Bristol. All of the Newport players were able to keep their heads in the face of a highly charged and very aggressive Bristol, and were able to keep within touching distance of the score. Great game to watch.

Well done to the 2003’s for their hard work in the BWWPL Tournament. A great effort put in by all, 6 matches over the course of the day was hard work for you young people, you all showed real spirit staying focused as well as you did.

Both the Seniors and Juniors are paying this Saturday in the BWWPL, at Newton Abbott, good luck to both teams.

Training tonight as usual for the Seniors.

There is no RTC in Newport or Carmarthen this Friday.

Club Training for the Juniors this week due is at the normal time, for those not in Newton Abbott, 16.00 – 17.30, Kevin has kindly agreed to led the Coaching.

For the Seniors not travelling to Newton Abbott, the pool is booked for training for Saturday afternoon at the normal times, feel free to use it, but there will be no coaches present.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

19th July, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

22nd July, Sat             16.00 – 17.30, Juniors training

                                    18.30 – 19.30, BWWPL Juniors V Newton Abbott in Teignmouth

                                    19.30 – 20.30, BWWPL 1sts V Newton Abbott in Teignmouth

26th July, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

29th July, Sat              16.00 – 17.30, Junior Training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 13th July 2017

PLEASE NOTE: There is no Junior training due to a Water Polo Tournament at Newport this weekend.

We heard great things from the Girls Inter Regions last weekend with Wales coming 4th in Division 1, well done Nyxon, we also heard you have a couple of goals under your belt for Wales, great news.

The 1sts took on Cheltenham last Sunday. Cheltenham had drafted in quite a few different players from the ones who took us on at home, including several who have played for GB quite recently. The match was a close affair, with us just narrowly losing 11 – 9. Great effort, keep it up.

The Seniors take on Bristol tonight, in Bristol, good luck guys.

RTC is on in Newport and Carmarthen this Friday.

This Saturday sees the BWWPL 2003 water polo tournament in Newport, the team sheet has been sent out, Jack asks please can the team members be at the pool for 11. He also says, don’t forget plenty to drink and eat, it is going to be a hard day.

Carmarthen have called off the 1999’s match as they are not able to raise a team to travel to us.

No Club Training for the Juniors this week due to a Water Polo Tournament at Newport.

Seniors training on Saturday starts at 5PM until 7.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

12th July, Wed          20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

13th July, Thu           20.00, Seniors V Bristol in Bristol

14th July, Fri             20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

15th July, Sat            11.00 – 17.00, BWWPL 2003 Tournament, Newport

                                  14.30 – 16.30, Welsh Junior Men Swim Set, Swansea

                                  17.00 – 19.00, Seniors training

19th July, Wed          20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

22nd July, Sat          16.00 – 17.30, Juniors training

                                 18.30 – 19.30, BWWPL Juniors V Newton Abbott in Teignmouth

                                 19.30 – 20.30, BWWPL 1sts V Newton Abbott in Teignmouth

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

 

Weekly Update 5th July 2017

Please note, there is no training this weekend at Newport, the gala is organised for the whole weekend, so no Polo.

Well done to the Welsh Youth Boys, Jack, Ben and Louie for the effort you all put into the Inter Regions last weekend, I hear that the team spirit was excellent throughout.

Good luck to Nyxon, who represents Wales in the 2002 Girls Inter-Regions this weekend, play hard.

Well done to the 2nds for their performance against a full Weston team. Nice improvement and also a very near win for the 2nds. 10 – 11 is a great result.

Training tonight for the seniors at the usual times.

No RTC in Newport this Firday.

RTC is on in Carmarthen this Friday.

No Club Training on Saturday for either the Seniors or Juniors this week.

The Seniors play a match in Cheltenham on Sunday evening, at 19.30. more details as soon as James has picked the team.

Just to confirm up coming matches, 1sts V Bristol away, 13th July, 7.30PM, 1999’s V Carmarthen at home, 15th July, 4PM.

Not much else to say this week, except enjoy Saturday off from Polo.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

5th July, Wed           20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

7th July, Fri              20.00 – 22.00, RTC in Carmarthen only

8th July, Sat             No Training

9th July, Sun            19.30, Seniors V Cheltenham in Cheltenham

12th July, Wed          20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

13th July, Thu           12.00, Seniors V Bristol in Bristol

14th July, Fri             20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

15th July, Sat             17.00 – 18.00, 1999’s V Carmarthen at home

                                   18.00 – 19.30, Seniors training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 28th June 2017

This week starts with the excellent news that Nyxon Rockliffe-Fiddler has been selected to represent Wales at the Inter-regions on 8/9 July. Well done Nyxon, great effort.

This weekend sees Ben, Jack and Louie represent the Welsh Boysin their Inter-regions, good luck to you all.

Training tonight for the seniors at the usual times.

RTC is on in Carmarthen and Newport this Friday.

Normal training this Saturday for the Juniors at 4PM.

The Seniors session is taken up with the 2nds match V Weston. Please can the selected team be at the pool for 5PM for a team talk.

Just to confirm up coming matches, 2nds V Weston at home, 1st July at 5.30 PM, 1sts V Cheltenham away, 9th July, 7.30PM, 1sts V Bristol away, 13th July, 7.30PM, 1999’s V Carmarthen at home, 15th July, 4PM.

Junior Men’s swim set in Swansea is on this Saturday from 14.30 – 16.30. A aware, the Swansea Air Show is also on this weekend, so plan your trip accordingly, the area will be very busy.

Swim Wales Welsh Water Polo Clinic is this Sunday, in Cardiff from 11.00 – 14.00, with Academy at Clinic from 11 – 12.

Not much else to say this week, see you all at training on Saturday.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

28th June, Wed          20.00 – 22.00, Seniors Swimming & Training

30th July, Fri              20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

1st July, Sat                 14.30 – 16.30, Welsh Junior Men Swansea Swim Set

                                    16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                    17.30 – 19.00, 2nds V Weston at home

2nd July, Sun              11.00 – 14.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                    11.00 – 12.00, Academy at Clinic

5th July, Wed              20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

7th July, Fri                 20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

8th July, Sat                No Training

9th July, Sun               19.30, Seniors V Cheltenham in Cheltenham

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 21st June 2017

I would like to start by congratulating Ben, Jack and Louie for being selected to represent Wales at the U16 Inter Regions in July, well done guys, great effort and good luck.

Training tonight for the seniors at the usual times.

RTC is on in Carmarthen and Newport this Friday.

Normal training this Saturday, Juniors at 4PM, seniors starting at 5.30 PM.

Just to confirm up coming matches, 2nds V Weston at home, 1st July at 5.30 PM, 1sts V Cheltenham away, 9th July, 7.30PM, 1sts V Bristol away, 13th July, 7.30PM, 1999’s V Carmarthen at home, 15th July, 4PM.

There will be a tour briefing on Saturday at 4PM for those who have any questions, and any questions that are raised will be distributed to all after the meeting if you were not able to make it.

Not much else to say this week, see you all at training on Saturday.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

21st June, Wed            20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

23rd June, Fri              20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

24th June, Sat             16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                     17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

28th June, Wed           20.00 – 22.00, Seniors Swimming & Training

30th July, Fri               20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

1st July, Sat                  14.30 – 16.30, Welsh Junior Men Swansea Swim Set

                                     16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                     17.30 – 19.00, 2nds V Weston at home

2nd July, Sun               11.00 – 14.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                     11.00 – 12.00, Academy at Clinic

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 15th June 2017

Well done to the Seniors for an impressive display at Taunton in the friendly last Saturday, there was some excellent finishing on display, and a well played 30 – 9 win.

Tonight the Juniors 2002 team take on Wanderers in the Welsh League, good luck guys, work hard.

RTC is on in Carmarthen and Newport this Friday.

The 1st Team Cheltenham game planned for 25th June has been postponed, as soon as we have a new date I will let you all know.

The new date for the 1st’s V Bristol is 13th July, in Bristol.

Not much else to say this week, see you all at training on Saturday.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

14th June, Wed       20.00 – 22.00, Seniors Swimming & Training

15th June, Thu         19.30 - 21.00, 2002's V Wanderers in Cardiff

16th June, Fri           20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport & Carmarthen

17th June, Sat          16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                 17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

21st June, Wed        20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training            

23rd June, Fri          20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

24th June, Sat         16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                 17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Weekly Update 7th June 2017

What a game the Seniors played against Cheltenham last Wednesday. To come away from the game as 14 – 6 win was excellent, but the way the seniors played was great to watch. Well done to you all.

We all felt for the Juniors after a confused and hesitant preparation for their game against Bristol, determination was shown to come back and not allow their heads to drop after the first chukka. Having been down 9 – 0 at the end of the first Chukka, it showed great spirit to finish the match with only a 17 – 7 loss.

Tonight the Seniors take on Bristol in the Bristol and West league, good luck guys, work hard. I am sure that after the last display, Bristol are likely to turn up with their best possible side.

RTC is on in Carmarthen and Newport this Friday.

Exeter have called off both the Juniors and Seniors games this weekend, so the Club will have a full training session on Saturday, Juniors 4 – 5.30 and Seniors 5.30 – 7 PM.

The Seniors play a friendly against Taunton on Sunday, starting at 6.30 PM.

Swim Wales Welsh Water Polo Clinic in on this Sunday, starting at 12 noon, and going on until 3PM, please not the change from the normal timings.

Academy at Clinic is from 12 – 1 PM on Sunday.

The match against Bristol, in Bristol, next Tuesday, has been postponed, to 13th July, at our request.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

7th June, Wed         20.30 – 22.00, Seniors V Bristol, at home             

9th June, Fri            20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

10th June, Sat          16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                 17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

11th June, Sun          12.00 – 15.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                 12.00 – 13.00, Academy at Clinic

                                  18.30 – 20.30, Seniors V Taunton, friendly in Taunton

14th June, Wed         20.00 – 22.00, Seniors Swimming & Training

15th June, Thu         19.30 - 21.00, 2002's V Wanderers in Cardiff

16th June, Fri            20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport & Carmarthen

17th June, Sat           16.00 – 17.30, Juniors Training

                                  17.30 – 19.00, Seniors Training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Newport Claim a Major Victory

City of Newport water polo played its fifth Bristol & West League match of the season on Wednesday, when Cheltenham were the visitors to Newport International Sports Village. The Newport went into the match as huge underdogs. Indeed, Cheltenham have created a fierce reputation for themselves in recent times. The Cheltenham currently have two teams competing in the British National League. Their first team were crowned British champions in March for the fourth year in a row, whilst their second team also compete in the fourth tier of the National League. But even though it was Cheltenham’s seconds who turned up on Wednesday evening, Newport still knew that the visitors were very much favourites going into the game.

But the match did not start as expected. During the opening minutes, it was the Newport that took control, racing into a 3-1 lead through goals from captain and centre-forward James Farror; experienced arc player Gareth Campbell, who, along with Daniel Griffiths, was making his 50th competitive appearance for Newport; and the ever-threatening international veteran Chris Taylor. But Cheltenham refused to lie down and came back into the game. At the end of the first quarter, it was the Cheltenham who held a slim 4-3 lead.

The second quarter was a much more one-sided affair. Switching between a heavy press and a zonal defence, and also hitting a tired Cheltenham side on the counterattack, Newport played their finest quarter of water polo in many years. Keeping a clean sheet, but also adding further goals through Taylor (2), Farror (1), 18 year old Hugh Spencer (2) and 17 year old Jack Tod (1), Newport raced into a surprising 9-4 lead at half-time.

The start of the third quarter saw Newport extend its lead, following another brace from Taylor. But just when it seemed that Newport had acquired an unassailable lead, a plot twist provided Cheltenham with a potential route back into the match. With two minutes left to play in the quarter, one of the Newport International Players was red-carded for kicking a Cheltenham player. As a result, Cheltenham were awarded a penalty, which they converted, but more importantly Newport was forced to play a man-down for four minutes. If Cheltenham could take advantage of the situation, it would lead to a tense final few minutes.

But Cheltenham could not make the most of the opportunity. In fact, during the exclusion period, it was Newport who continued to dominate. With Newport employing a very low drop in defence, forcing long shots against the Newport’s excellent goalkeeper, Alex James, Cheltenham failed to get on the scoresheet. Newport, by contrast, registered two further goals, with Taylor scoring a back-shot from the wing and Campbell from a five-metre foul shot. Consequently, when the teams went back to evens after four minutes, Newport had all but won the match. Yet there was still time left for Newport to register one final goal – and it came in extraordinary circumstances. As the final whistle sounded, the Cheltenham keeper inexplicably decided to leave his goal, only for Farror to shoot and score a length of the pool shot, giving much delight to the spectators and Newport a comfortable 14-6 victory.

This was a momentous win for the division’s new boys, who displayed superb game-management throughout the match. Despite having won Division Two last year, Newport knew that they would face some extremely tough opponents this season and that avoiding relegation would be a tough ask. But their win over Cheltenham – the team’s second of the league campaign and first ever over national league opposition – has put them in a fantastic position to do precisely that. There are more tough games ahead in June, with four further matches against national league opposition, but Newport know that they will be a match for any team if they can play to their potential.

Newport Water Polo is expanding and seeking new players to join this thriving Club. Please contact Newport Water Polo at    admin@newportwaterpolo.co.uk    for information on how to join us for this exciting and growing sport.

 

Update 31st May 2017

The 2nds travelled to Weston Super Mare last Thursday to play Weston in a friendly. Weston paid us a massive compliment by fielding their best possible side to play the match. Despite the youth (with an average age below 18) and comparative inexperience of our team, the 2nds were able to hold Weston to a 9 – 5 defeat. Great work for the start of the 2nds working together !

The 99’s played Cwm Draig in the Welsh League last Saturday and narrowly lost 10 – 11, a great effort from the team, with only 2 benchers to rotate in to help.  

Tonight the Seniors take on Cheltenham in the Bristol and West league, good luck guys, work hard.

RTC is on in Newport only this Friday. Carmarthen RTC has their mid-term break this Friday.

Welsh Junior Men Swim Set is in Swansea this week. Isaac asks that if you are selected to play for the Juniors that you do not attend the Swim Set as he wants you fresh to face Bristol.

Training for the Juniors this weekend is as normal, starting at 4PM on Saturday. please note, Juniors is only for 1 hour this week due to a Junior BWWPL match at 17.00.

Good luck to the Juniors in their match against Bristol on Saturday starting at 17.00. Isaac asks that you meet at 16.30 for a pre-match team talk. Please do not be late. Remember, you have already beaten Bristol once this year, this game is yours if you want it.

Seniors training is immediately after the end of the Junior’s match and goes on until 19.00.

Due to the football in Cardiff, Clinic has been put back from this week to next week (11th June)

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

31st May, Wed           20.30 – 22.00, Seniors V Cheltenham at home

2nd June, Fri             20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport only

3rd June, Sat             16.00 – 17.00, Juniors Training

                                   17.00 – 18.00, Juniors V Bristol at home

                                   18.00 – 19.00, Senior Training

                                   14.30 – 16.30, Welsh Junior Men Swim Set in Swansea

7th June, Wed           20.30 – 22.00, Seniors V Bristol, at home             

9th June, Fri              20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

10th June, Sat            15.00 – 16.00, Juniors Training

                                   16.00 – 17.30, Juniors V Exeter at home

                                    17.30 – 19.00, Seniors V Exeter at home

11th June, Sun             12.00 – 15.00, Welsh Water Polo Clinic, Cardiff

                                    12.00 – 13.00, Academy at Clinic

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

 

Update 24th May 2017

I would like to start by congratulating all who played for the Club over last weekend, you all did really well and showed what you are made of, well done from us all.

The Seniors played magnificently on Saturday against Cwm Draig, and only narrowly missed pulling off a major victory. Starting with a 15 goal head start, it was always going to be a big ask of the seniors, but you stuck to it, coming within 1 point of Cwm Draig in the dying minutes. Beating Cwm Draig 24 – 11 in the water, to loose the fixture 24 – 26 due to the handicap is such a shame, but well done to you all for the effort.

Cwm Draig 2002’s pulled out of the planned fixture against us only 5 ½ hours before the game, which is a crying shame. Still, the older Juniors stepped into the breach and took on the 2002’s in a fun match. The older juniors were not allowed to use their dominant hand for the match, which lead to some fun water polo.

The 2nds then took on Bradford in a friendly. The 2nds performed very well and were able to finish winners, by 15 – 5. Great game well done to you all.

Tomorrow (Thursday 25th May) sees the 2nds take on Weston, good luck to you all.

There is training as normal for the Seniors tonight (Wednesday) swim set starts at 20.00 and Polo training starts at 21.00.

RTC is on in both Newport and Carmarthen this Friday.

Training for the Juniors this weekend is as normal, starting at 4PM on Saturday. please note, Juniors is only for 1 hour this week due to a 1999’s match at 17.00.

The 1999’s take on Cwm Draig in the Welsh League at 17.00 on Saturday, please meet in reception at 16.30. Details to follow.

Seniors training is immediately after the end of the 1999’s match and goes on until 19.30.

The 2002’s were due to take on Carmarthen on Sunday (28th May), this has been postponed, new date to follow.

Below is the diary, I hope it all makes it clear to understand:

24th May, Wed           20.00 – 22.00, Seniors training

25th May, Thu            20.00 – 22.00, 2nds V Weston, away

26th May, Fri              20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

27th May, Sat             16.00 – 17.00, Juniors Training

                                   17.00 – 18.00, 1999’s V Cwm Draig at home

                                   18.00 – 19.30, Seniors Training

31st May, Wed           20.30 – 22.00, Seniors V Cheltenham at home

2nd June, Fri              20.00 – 22.00, RTC Newport and Carmarthen

3rd June, Sat              16.00 – 17.00, Juniors Training

                                    17.00 – 18.00, Juniors V Bristol at home

                                    18.00 – 19.00, Senior Training

That is all for now, if there are any questions, please do let me know, or indeed, if you note that I have made another silly mistake, then please do tell me so that I can put it right.

See you all soon.

Details for 2nds V Weston Match

Dear all

The match against Weston Super Mare on Thursday 25th May, (tomorrow) in Weston is on.

Please can everyone meet in the Hutton Moor Rd Leisure Centre, post code BS22 8LY, at 20.15.

The warm up starts at 20.30 and the game starts at 21.00.

The team is as follows:

Gareth

Iwan

Joe

Dan Griffiths

Tom Griffiths

Lewis

Alex

Charlie

Jack

Ben

Luke

These are all that have let me know they are available, if your availability has changed, please do let me know.

James is coaching this match and needs to have a good chat with you all prior to the warmup.

Weston have put food on in the Lamb Pub after the match.

If you need a lift, please do let us know on the group chat and one will be organised.

See you all tomorrow night.