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Penguin men miss qualifying for the British Championships
Feb 10, 2011, 2:28 pm

british swimming logoPenguin men travelled to Manchester last weekend for the prelim round of the British Water Polo Championships.

Playing in Group A they drew with Cheltenham (11-11), lost to Bristol (12-9) and beat Invicta (11-6). This put them in third place, with only the top two going through.

Cheltenham, Bristol, Lancaster and Manchster progress to the final stage.


Womens' second team - round up from their opening BWPL weekend
Sep 16, 2011, 9:38 am

A depleted Penguin team travelled to Sheffield for the start of their British League campaign. With only seven players it was always going to be a tough call to win points this weekend.

Against Solihull we went down 7-13, and against a strong and highly determined Caledonian team we lost 3-20. Our third game was a closer-run affair with Sheffield Sharks just edging us out 5-6 courtesy of a final goal by their ex-international player.

Penguin Rockhoppers on their way up, Penguin Kings avoid relegation and Penguin Emperors battle hard
Jan 31, 2011, 2:47 pm

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Four goals by Nora Benko helped our third team, Penguin Rockhoppers, defeat Invicta 8-7 in the end-of-season play-off at Walsall on Sunday 30 January, securing promotion to the Third Division.

Invicta, seventh in Division Three this season, were level at 3-3 after two quarters but Penguin grabbed control in the third, taking a 7-4 lead. Towards the end, Invicta rallied again but missed a couple of chances and will drop to the fourth tier next season. Laura Hues (2) and Liz Norcroft (2) were the other Penguin scorers.

Also enjoying success in Walsall, our second team, Penguin Kings, will remain in Division Two next season after narrowly surviving a challenge from Division Three runners-up Carlisle.

In a physical match we led from the start with goals from El Thompson forcing Carlisle to play a drop defence whilst our own defence was in top form. We eased into a 5-2 lead after two quarters and were looking comfortable. But in the second half many of our shots went frantically astray and our determined opposition fought back to cut the lead to a single goal early in the final period. The match went to a nail-biting finish when Carlisle levelled with less than two minutes remaining. However our defence held firm, even during a tense man-down, and the final score of 5-5 was enough to hold our place in the division.
This weekend also saw our first team (Penguin Emperors) playing their final matches of the League season against Manchester and Liverpool. With most of the team either ill or still recovering from a virus picked up during our visit to Hungary last weekend for the LEN Trophy, we only managed to scrape together 8 players. And we were facing the two best teams in the League so we knew we were up against it.

We lost both games but we had great team work throughout, and with only one sub we did well to stay the duration.
This means Penguin will enter next year's British Water Polo League season with teams in the first, second and thrid divisions. Well done girls! 
Penguin Emperors' next weekend away will be the British Championships on the 19-20 February in Manchester.

Senior Penguins visit Malta
Jun 7, 2011, 5:56 pm

Senior Penguins in Malta in May 2011Eleven 'senior' Penguins with partners visited Malta at the end of May, for the fifth consecutive year.  They were greeted at the Marina Hotel by Charlie Mock, honorary member of Penguin who lives in Malta, the hotel's general manager, Reuben Mifsuds, and duty manager, Steven Mock.  Reuben Misfuds said a few words welcoming us back and then produced a chocolate gateau decorated with a penguin and accompanied by champagne for all.

Pictured left to right: Suzanne Neivens, Malcolm Cromer, Gill Turner, Reuben Misfuds, Carol Cromer, Nobby Neivens, Charlie Mock, Terry and Angie King, Sally Bloomfield, John and  Delia Martin-Dye.  Seated: Lewis Bloomfield.

Lew  Bloomfield presents Charlie Mock with 90th anniversary Penguin lapel badgeLater in the trip Charlie Mock was delighted to receive a Penguin 90th anniversary lapel badge presented by Lew Bloomfield.

Penguin ladies make their mark in Europe
Dec 14, 2010, 2:45 pm

LEN logoThis weekend the Penguin Ladies 1st team headed off to compete in the opening round of the Women’s LEN trophy in Imperia, Italy.

Our first game was against Cablescom EWZ Saragosa, a professional team from northern Spain. The match was played in excellent competitive spirit and we managed to keep the Spaniards guessing as to who was going to score next.  We showed great team work all round, with goal scoring duties shared between Frankie Snell, Adrienn Hari, Charlotte Hanson, Gloria Armstrong and Morgen-rae Graham. Even though we lost 11 – 19 [2-6] [2-6] [3-4] [4-3], we were delighted to have given one of our best performances this season and proud to have come away with 11 goals against a top professional squad.

In our second game we faced Union Saint-Bruno Bordeaux. We knew we needed to start strongly to build the momentum we needed to win the game. Frankie Snell showed just why she is part of the GB ladies water polo team as she scored 7 of our 12 goals. Gloria Armstrong, Kate Frazer (our team junior) and Charlotte Hanson also kept the scoreboard busy as we walked away with a 6-12 victory. [1-4] [3-3][1-2] [1-3].

The third and final game was against the host team, Mediterranea Imperia. Not only were we facing the best team in our draw, we were also up against their army of supporters kitted out with drums, shakers and strong vocal chords!  Despite all the spectator noise we scored first, which lifted our spirits and momentarily quietened the crowd.  Frankie Snell, Tasja Botha and Adrienn Hari all got the ball to the back of the net and although we lost 13-4 [5-1][2-1][4-0][2-2] we were once again very happy with our team performance after a long weekend of water polo.

See a report in the local Italian press here and some great photos here.

Finishing third in this qualifying round takes us forward into round 2 of the Women’s LEN Trophy, on the 21-23 January 2011 in Hungary

Penguin's Frankie Snell in emphatic GB water polo win
Feb 3, 2011, 2:09 pm

Frankie Snell was part of the GB women's team that took an emphatic win over Israel in their first European qualifier match.

Read the full report on the British Swimming website here.

We're delighted that Frankie has been allowed time off from GB training to join us at the Penguin Dinner on 2 April.



FREE junior water polo taster sessions
Nov 26, 2010, 2:15 pm

There will be three FREE junior taster sessions on Saturdays 27th November, Saturday 4th December and Saturday 11th December, at the superb new pool at Hillingdon Leisure Centre (see Venues page for location details).

This opportunity is open to any player or swimmer capable of swimming 50 metres continuously in deep water. Everyone is welcome, whether you want to try out the sport for the first time, or whether you already play.

The sessions will take place from 4-6pm and will be run by fully qualified coaches and experienced players.

Following these sessions the aim is to set up a junior water polo club with regular training to cater for all abilities.

Interested?  Contact Stephen Baker via the Contact Us page or call him 07720 348390.

Extra swim and water polo training on Thursday 2 December
Nov 27, 2010, 4:02 pm

hillingdon poolOn Thursday 2 December there will be a whole Club session at the new Hillingdon pool.

From 8-9pm will be laned swim training in the 50m pool, followed by water polo training from 9-10pm.

All Club members welcome.

See Venues page for location details.

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