Chloe Wilcox blogs from CN Mataro
25 October 2013
Chloe Wilcox played for Great Britain’s Women’s Water Polo team at the 2012 Olympic Games, 2012 European Championships and 2013 World Championships. In her latest blog update, she fills us in on her early season progress at domestic club CN Mataro in Spain.
Hola from Catalunya! I am writing this blog from Mataro, a city just outside Barcelona where Ciara Gibson-Byrne, Jade Smith, Lisa Gibson and I will be playing this season.
We arrived at the beginning of September for pre-season training and to settle in before starting the league.
The first two weeks of training were absolute torture, bearing in mind we had all had a month off after the World Championships. We swam 5km at the first training session and Jade - a goalkeeper - even had to swim! Each day we had a gym session and two pool sessions. We even trained on Saturdays.
During our second week here our coach decided one day we would take a hike up a mountain. The 06:30 wake up was not what we were used to by then!
When we got to the mountain we walked two hours climbing rocks and over water to find a beautiful waterfall which everyone jumped off into the water below, which to everyone’s surprise was FREEZING cold.
After sitting down and eating our sandwiches we had to make the two hour walk back the way we came to the cars and when we arrived back it’s safe to say we were all pretty happy and ready for a nap.
This week we also played our first match as a team, a friendly at Terrassa. It was good to finally play and work on some tactics ready for the Catalan Cup which was coming up in the next couple of weeks.
Training carried on the same to make sure we were prepared for the Catalan Cup but with some added aerobic sessions taken by our coach Florin. Ex-GB player Frankie Snell had the pleasure of joining us for them when she came to visit us for a week. It was a sweaty reunion.
The next couple of weeks flew by and the Catalan Cup arrived - our first official matches of the season. First up was a quarter final away at Rubi.
The match started slowly for us but our strength came through and in the end we came out on top 15-7.
Three days later we had to face Rubi again, this time at home. A much better start from us saw us go 4-0 in the first quarter and manage to keep a tight defence the whole game and win 12-4. We would next face Mediterrani in the semi-final which new GB coach Kostas travelled over to watch.
The finals were to be played at our home pool in Mataro which gave us a good advantage so we went into the game with confidence that we would play well, which we did. The first quarter ended 4-2 to us and we managed to extend the lead and eventually win 11-7.
We then had to face Sabadell in the final, who feature many of the Spanish National team (current World Champions) and an Olympic gold medallist export from USA so we knew it would be very tough.
A good second half from us which included all three GB outfield players scoring goals meant at the buzzer the final score was 13-8 to Sabadell. We were happy with our performance as a team but still had things to work on ready for the start on the league two weeks later.
We started the league with an 8-4 win at home against St Andreu. We now have a busy few weeks travelling away for matches including a match against our GB teammates Rachel Drabble and Kathryn Fowler who are playing in Madrid for La Latina.
We will keep you posted.