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Results from Penguin Ladies First Team weekend at Liverpool
Nov 1, 2010, 3:32 pm

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This weekend was an improvement on the last and we started to gel well as a team.

Our first game on Saturday was against the hosts, Liverpool B, and despite having two of our players down with 'flu we managed a good 11-3 victory. Joss and Lorelle came away with three goals apiece, which added nicely to their overall goal tally. Our last goal came from goalie Melinda who scored in the last minute of the fourth quarter from just inside her half.

The next game that day was against the British champions and GB water polo centralised training team, Manchester A. Goalie Melinda was once again on fire, saving several shots from counter attacks. This kept us in the game and we went into the fourth quarter 6-5 down. Sadly it was not to be when a two man-up didn’t go our way and we finished 8-5 in the end.

The following day promised another tough game against last year's League Champions, Liverpool A. We were looking to take forward the momentum from the last night’s game against Manchester but the match was cancelled due to 'a little incident' in the adjacent pool by a child unable to get to the toilet in time! So our momentum will need to wait until our next British League weekend.


Penguin Men's British League results
Nov 1, 2010, 3:08 pm

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Penguin men's team were in action in Divsion One on Sunday at Loughborough University.

Our first match against Lancaster was a 12-8 defeat, but we forced the previous leaders Manchester to a 7-7 draw by scoring the only goal in the last quarter.


Last game of the London League season
Nov 1, 2010, 2:45 pm

london water polo league logoOur men's Second Team had a disappointing last game of the London League season on 25 October.

Playing against a full squad from Croydon Amphibians' we were reasonably competitive until the second half when a lack of players on the bench let us down and tiredness kicked in. We lost 10-16.

A highlight, however, was welcoming Joe Ortiz aged 14 to the team.


Ladies Second Team round up from the British League
Oct 29, 2010, 8:45 am

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Penguin Kings played their second British League weekend at Pond's Forge in Sheffield on 23rd and 24th October.  We had a slow start with ill-discipline proving to be no match for solid play by Coventry, resulting in a 5-14 loss.

However we picked ourselves up from the first game and entered into a spirited battle against Sheffield B.  Despite strong play from Penguin in this crucial match, a farce with the clocks and referees significantly contributed to our defeat, 2-4.  

Our final game was versus old rivals Mid Sussex Marlins.  After a good start including a Penguin lead of 2-0 going into the second quarter, the Marlin's teamwork helped them overcome our resistance leading to a 6-12 scoreline.  

Penguin highlights of the weekend included Sonia Spearing entering the season to take the top goalscorer hat with 6 goals.


Maddie selected for GB Squad
Oct 26, 2010, 8:54 am

Maddie Brooks who plays for Penguin ladies 2nd team has been selected to train with the GB Under 16 squad which is coached by former Penguin player, Nick Hume. The squad is currently training for the U16 European Championships 2011. Well done Maddie!

Penguin Men in the top five for the British League
Oct 12, 2010, 12:56 pm

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It was a weekend of mixed fortunes at Cardiff International Pool but Penguin secured their place in the ‘top five’ for phase two of their British League season.

The first match against Bristol was a close-run affair with Bristol taking the win 10-12. We faced a second defeat against Portabello, 11-17 but rallied in our third game to beat Cheltenham 9-7.

This weekend’s results put us in fifth place in the table ahead of the top five/bottom five split for the remainder of the season. As part of the top five we’ll now be facing Manchester, Lancaster, Bristol and Cheltenham in matches through to December.

Only months ago we were fighting to avoid relegation from Division One at the end of last season so this is a great turnaround. Well done guys!

Round up from the first weekend of the Women’s Division One
Oct 12, 2010, 12:51 pm

Penguin First Team on the benchThe opening weekend of the Women’s Division One in Guildford brought mixed results for our First Team.

Playing as Penguin Emperors, our first game of the season against London rivals Otter was something of a wake-up call when they went three goals ahead within a matter of minutes. We came back in the 2nd and 3rd quarters but couldn’t do enough to win. Final score Penguin 4, Otter 7.

Next up was one of our top four rivals – Sheffield. We needed to pick ourselves up as we knew it would be a tough game. The match was close and we drew 8-8.

On Sunday we met newcomers into Division One, Leeds. We started well with shots finding the back of the net from the word go and held our lead to win 14-2.

Coach Balazs Kis commented on the game, “This weekend is not something we want to remember in Penguin history, but the beginning of the season is always hard. The game against Otter was the first time these players had all been together in the water, and I wasn’t happy with the attitude of a few of our experienced players. The match was a good wake up call for everyone, and I'm sure we’ll look back on it as our worst game of the season.”

“In the other two games we played better as a team. This is positive for the future... This team has great potential, but we have to work together to pull our new players into an established squad.”

“I hope the referees in the next British League weekends will let us play more and be more accepting of our international water polo style.”

Bench shot, left to right: Tasja Botha. Rebecca Grace, Joss Bretherick, Claire Martin, Silvia Szabo

Oct 9, 2010, 4:59 pm

PennantA big thank you to Jan Roberts for donating this lovely pennant to Quilts 4 London on behalf of West London Penguin. The idea is that every competitor in the London 2012 Olympics will be given a pennant to commemorate their participation. Prior to the games themselves Jan’s pennant will be displayed in exhibitions in London alongside other designs sent in by sewing clubs, schools, sports organisations etc.

Find out more at quilts4london.org.uk

(Jan Roberts is the wife of longstanding Penguin and past Club President, Derek.)

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