Domestic water polo season approaches climax
18th February 2013
The domestic water polo season comes to a head this weekend as the top four men’s and women’s teams battle it out for the British Gas Water Polo Championship titles in Manchester.
Cheltenham have been the team to beat in men’s water polo this season, winning the regular season league and Super Fives competition to claim their first national league title in 42 years.
They will look to add their first British title but face fierce competition from semi-final opponents Lancaster, as well as the two other finalists, Bristol Central and City of Manchester.
Lancaster are the most successful men’s team in recent history, having won the British title seven times over the past 10 seasons.
Five-time champions Bristol Central have also tasted recent success, having won the title in 2011, and boast Team GB captain from London 2012 Craig Figes in their squad.
Finally, City of Manchester were runners-up last season and will be desperate to go one better.
While City of Manchester’s men are looking to claim their first British title, their women go into this weekend’s finals in search of a sixth consecutive victory.
The defending champions were unbeaten throughout the regular season as they stormed their way to the league and Super Fives titles.
Manchester will face City of Coventry in their semi-final while Otter – the only club to avoid defeat against Manchester with a 4-4 draw in the Super Fives – face City of Liverpool in the second semi.
Like Bristol Central's men, Otter also feature a Team GB Olympic captain in Fran Leighton.
Follow the Finals
There are two ways you can follow the action at the British Gas Water Polo Championships Finals - by being there at Manchester Aquatics Centre or by following us on Twitter.
All tickets for the Championships will be available on the door at Manchester Aquatics Centre at the following prices:
- Adult Day Ticket £4.50, Weekend Ticket £7.50,
- Concession Day Ticket £3.50, Weekend Ticket £5.50
Saturday 23 February
|13:00||Men's SF1||Cheltenham v Lancaster|
|14:15||Men's SF2||Bristol Central v City of Manchester|
|16:30||Women's SF1||City of Manchester v City of Coventry|
|17:45||Women's SF2||Otter v City of Liverpool|
Sunday 24 February
|09:30||Women's Third Place Playoff|
|12:30||Men's Third Place Playoff|
British Swimming will also be Tweeting live coverage throughout the Championships – CLICK HERE to follow us on Twitter.