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Rockhopper lose one, win one
Nov 28, 2011, 8:53 pm

BWPL logoOn Saturday 19 November, Penguin Rockhoppers travelled to Manchester for two Championship 3 matches. The first game against Southampton started well, with player-coach Nora Benko kicking things off with two goals to take the lead for Penguin. However, Southampton weren’t going to let go easily and fought back to 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. They took the lead in the second quarter and from then on their strength in both attack and defence pushed us hard. While we kept taking shots, we couldn’t keep up in terms of goals, and going into the last quarter we trailed 6-10. A final team talk kept us focussed and the classic surfer’s lob did its job, first in an attack and then in a man up from the left wing, less than a minute later. Despite our efforts the final score was 10-12 to Southampton asnd, while it was disappointing to not seal the victory from the early lead, coach Nora praised our persistence and determination.

We anticipated that our second game against ICENI would be an altogether different affair, having seen their inexperienced team already suffer heavy defeats against Polytechnic and Sunderland. Nora chose to sit out and rest her injury, which meant the remaining girls had a lot of pool time ahead of them. It also gave less experienced players Zoe Grainge and Jai Mai Lee, the chance to prove themselves.

The match started just as we’d hoped with five goals in the first quarter from four different players including Laura Hues, Vicky Miller and Emma Stapleton. The second quarter saw ICENI scrape a goal back, although two more from Laura and Julia Hornig kept us comfortably in the lead. With the half time score at 7-1, we knew we needed to maintain our standard of play despite the weaker opposition. Throughout the remaining two quarters, the Rockhoppers showed lots of creative play in a variety of man up situations, breaks and set ups, with further goals from Vicky, Laura, Julia and Emma. The whistle blew with the score at 15-2, a good win for us against a team who will undoubtedly grow in strength in the future.


St Paul's School pool closed in August
Jul 29, 2010, 4:53 pm

The St Paul's School pool will be closed from 6-23 August so there will be no training sessions there during this period.

Penguin women's second team kick off their National League season
Oct 8, 2010, 10:46 pm

BWPL logoOur women's second team played their first games in Division 2 of the British League in Grantham last weekend.  Formed of both seasoned Penguin players, players who have deservedly been promoted from the 3rd team, and new players, the Penguin Kings started their season with matches against strong opposition; Manchester C, Solihull and Hucknall.

Whilst we came away without a win, the games were spiritedly contested and we showed glimpses of our true potential, including goals scored by six different players over the weekend. Lily Woodroof was our top goalscorer. We'll be looking to convert this potential into reality during the rest of the National League season.

More open water success for Penguin
Aug 10, 2010, 2:25 pm

British Gas ASA 3k Open Water ChampionshipsContinuing a summer of successes for Penguins swimmers in open water events, women's water polo player Julia Petchey competed in the British Gas National ASA 3k Open Water Championships on Sunday 18th July near Norwich.

Finishing in a time of 51.37 Julia was 6th fastest female overall and came 3rd in her age group (25-29 years), taking the bronze medal.

These results also fed into the County Championships and the ASA Regional Championships. Julia's time secured her 1st place in both, making her the Herts County Champion and the ASA East Region Champion.

Masters Xmas meal
Oct 31, 2009, 6:23 pm

The Masters Xmas meal will be on Saturday 12 December at The Queen's Head in Brook Green, Hammersmith. Contact Stu Bell to book your place.

Penguin seconds make it to the second round of the Referees Cup
Jul 23, 2010, 12:20 pm

Our men's second team will meet local rivals Otter in the second round of the Referees Cup in match to be played before 30th August 2010.

Matt McQuillan does the double
Sep 29, 2010, 6:39 pm

Matt McQuillan finishing the XTS 1.5k swimCongratulations to Penguin Masters swimmer Matt McQuillan who rounded off his open water season with two great swims over the weekend.

On Saturday 25 September he did the XTS 1.5k at Hawley Lake nr Camberley in Surrey, finishing 6th overall and 5th in his category in a time of 20.21.60.

On Sunday 26 September he competed in the Votwo 3.8k swim at Dorney Lake in Berks. Here he finished 10th overall and 3rd in his category in a time of 51.20.

Water Polo Table Officials Course
Jul 16, 2010, 10:22 pm

A Water Polo Table Officials course is being held at the Gurnell Leisure Centre in September 2010. Details and application form here (pdf).

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