Rob Parker blog - March
Britain’s Rob Parker is one of the members of the Senior Men’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas. Currently based in Australia, he is honing his skills playing with the University of New South Wales’ Wests Magpies team. Share the highs and lows in his blog here.
We are already over half way through the season and things are looking promising. We’re in a good league position and have beaten all the best teams once in the two games we’ve played them.
Sydney Uni are a top team and we turned up to play on the back of a win the previous week to our closest rivals drummoyne devils.
Revenge is sweet and this now puts us in a near certain spot on making the finals as long as we beat the lesser teams in the competition.
The game didn’t start well for myself - gaining two early majors - but the team was in control and we were dominating them all over the pool. However, we were unable to finish our extra man attacks, only managing one from 12.
Due to my early exclusions I played a less defensive role and managed to score a couple, but three minutes from the end we lost an easy goal due to a defensive error making the scores even at eight a piece.
The goal had a bad effect on the team and our heads dropped. Sydney Uni took advantage scoring two more before the end. Everyone was gutted. The most dissappointing thing was how we had controlled the game throughout except for those final three minutes!
Training was good the rest of the following week. The loss seemed to have a positive effect on the team and everyone got stuck in and tried even harder.
On Wednesday morning I woke up with a really sore throat and flu like symptoms. NOT GOOD. We have a rematch against Sydney Uni in two days.
I was still feeling bad on Friday but knew the importance of the match. I had to think as if I was okay and get myself into shape mentally.
Arriving at the game I found that four more of my team members were under the weather, and our goal keeper has hurt his shoulder weight training. Luckily he was still fit enough to play.
All in all things weren’t looking good but our captain, Daniel Swinnerton, gave us an inspirational team talk and lifted the team spirits.
I don’t start the game as the coach wants to ensure I last the whole game but after just two mins he has me in. We have a good first quarter and take a 3 -0 score line in.
We played out of our skins and ended up with a 12-9 win. A great result. I also managed to get three, including one of the best shots I’ve ever thrown! Revenge is sweet and this now puts us in a near certain spot on making the finals as long as we beat the lesser teams in the competition.
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