GB Water Polo Blog Update: 30th April
30th April 2013
British players are coming to the end of their domestic seasons with their clubs across Europe.
Sean King's Navarra enjoyed a strong end to the season and ensured a play off place against Sabadell. After losing 6-17 in the first leg at home, the team based in Pamplona rallied in the second leg putting in a stronger performance but unfortunately couldn’t come away with a shock win and lost 11-8.
With the club in financial trouble, Sean’s future there for next season is unsure but nothing has been decided yet. Let's hope they can pull something out of the bag as I know Sean enjoys his life there.
Rob Parker & Ciaran James' Catalunya didn’t qualify for the play offs so their season finished in the middle of April. Ultimately a mixed season for the lads with some great wins but a lack of consistency which is understandable as the team is very young.
Rob is returning to England in May to start a job in London so won’t be playing abroad again next year. Ciaran is waiting to talk to the club before he comes back to England for the summer and wants to continue playing abroad.
Ed Scott’s team qualified for the plays off and came up against Rob's ex-team Terrassa. After losing the first match at home, Medi put in two fantastic performances to win twice in Terrassa and secure a semi final spot. Videos of the matches can be found here http://elcuervowaterpolo.blogspot.fr/ and are worth a watch as Ed makes some cracking saves and leads his team to victory against an experienced and quality team.
After losing the first match, Medi put in two fantastic performance to win twice in Terrassa and secure a semi-final spot.
Somewhat of a bittersweet victory for their American Jeff Schwimmer as he had a flight booked home for Monday which he had to cancel to stay and play the semi vs Sabadell this weekend. Medi lost narrowly twice to Sabadell in the regular season but Ed is still confident they can win as him and his team are in great form. I guess all that swimming this season has paid off!
Jack Waller's Nice finished the regular season this weekend with an easy victory (13-6) to bottom team Taverny. This means they finish fourth and will play Marseille in the 1-4 play offs.
Having lost a tight match 11-10 back in March, Jack is confident they can give the league winners a game when they play the first leg in Nice this Saturday.
Matt Holland's Aix finished the season strongly with three wins at home against Senlis, Strasbourg and Douai which took them to 21 points and seventh place - the highest points tally Aix have ever achieved in the top division which is nice.
It's the highest points tally Aix have ever achieved in the top division which is nice.
The federation announced this week that fifth place will be a European spot so there is all to play for now in the 5-8 play offs. This starts this weekend at home again vs Douai.
A mixed bag of results for Scott Martin's Lille at the end of the season with wins against league winners Reims but loses and draws against lower placed teams meant Lille didn’t mount a serious challenge to win the league and finish second.
The federation has yet to confirmed if the top two teams are automatically promoted to make at ‘pro A’ top division of 12 teams so Scott and his team will have to wait and see what happens.
Sean Ryder's Weiden secured first division status for a a seventh consecutive season by winning 6-9 and 10-7 in a best-of-three play down series against SGW Rhenaniastraße Cologne / Köln Poseidon BW.
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A disappointing end of season for Jake Vincent as they lost the quarter finals of the play offs against Canstadt going down 9-8 and 9-12 in the best of three series. However, they still have the finals of the German Cup to contest in May at their home pool so hopefully they can get over the league disappointment and win a trophy.
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