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Penguin ladies take bronze in the British Water Polo Champs
Feb 19, 2012, 7:02 pm

Penguin Emperors played two close games over the weekend to win bronze in the British Champs.

On Saturday we faced Manchester, in a physical game that was neck-and-neck all the way. At the end of the first quarter the teams were even at 1-1 but by half time Penguin had nudged into the lead, 3-2. We scored from a penalty in Q3 but Manchester came back immediately with two in close succession to make it 4-4 going into the final quarter.

Manchester came out fighting and took the lead for the first time, but Nora evened the score with shot from the half-way line. There was only a minute remaining when Manchester scored again, but another goal from Nora Benko pulled it back for Penguin, levelling the score with 30 seconds to go. The game was decided in the closing seconds when a final shot from Manchester just snatched the victory, sending us into the bronze medal playoff.

In the playoffs today we faced City of Liverpool in an equally tense match. Our Leah Hagen opened the scoring in the first minute and soon afterwards Nora scored, taking advantage of a man-up. A cracking save by Penguin goalie Katie Collins denied Liverpool, and Leah scored her second to put us ahead 3-0 at the end of Q1.

In the next quarter Nora added her second goal, Liverpool claimed two back, and Leah took her hat trick to take us ahead 5-2. Nora then scored again for her hat trick and Adrienn Hari responded to another goal from Liverpool, taking our lead to 7-3 at the end of the first half.

In something of a replay from the previous day, Liverpool clawed back in the third quarter bringing the scores level at 9-9 with five minutes to play. Penguin’s Jos Bretherick scored two to put us back in the lead, 11-9, and a final goal from Liverpool in the dying seconds simply wasn’t enough to beat our determined ladies!

Penguin took the bronze, with Manchester the overall winners and Otter in second place.

Penguins lose out to Lizards but beat Liver birds
Dec 3, 2010, 2:07 pm

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Penguin ladies first team experienced mixed fortunes in our rearranged Division One matches against the Liverpool first and second sides at Walsall on 28 November.

Despite four goals by Charlotte Hanson, we lost 12-10 to Liverpool Lizards. We were only one goal adrift until a minute from the end when the Lizards claimed the final score.

We then hammered the Liver Birds 19-4, with Katie Frazer netting six.

A strong weekend for the Women's 2nd Team
Dec 15, 2009, 2:47 pm

Penguin womens 2nd team at Liverpool Dec 2009Penguin womens 2nd team travelled to Liverpool for their third National League weekend (5th and 6th December). With two of our players away at the LEN Trophy in Croatia, we were down to nine players so this weekend threatened to be a difficult one.

The first match was against Coventry; we hadn't played them before so weren't sure what to expect. Sergio, the team's coach for the weekend, instructed us to focus on strong defence. The tactic paid off and we were leading from the first quarter. Excellent communication across the team (a great improvement!), strong defensive play from our most junior player Rachel Bull, and amazing work in pit from our international players Bonnie Marcello and Hayley McGuiness, brought us a 10-6 win.

Next up, Hucknall. Although feeling a bit tired from the first match we were still eager to win. Hucknall had a stronger pit player so we changed tactic to adopt a left-side drop defence. Defensive skills from Alice Harling and go-go-gadget-arms Alex Andrews made sure no balls reached the pit, but this had its toll when Alex was elbowed in the face and this put her out for the rest of the match. However, excellent counters and hooking from fast swimmers Fiona Greer and Marta Tufet helped us to win again, 7-4.

On the Sunday we were up against a full bench from Leeds. We fought hard but, despite several amazing saves by our goalie Katie Collins (probably the best keeper in the second division) and some inspiring ball work from the experienced Pamela Campbell, we fell victim to the tiredness of our adrenaline-driven Saturday and lost 5-8.

All in all a very successful weekend that took Penguin seconds from 6th place to 3rd place. Girls, you are back in the League!

Penguin Summer Party at Hampton Open Air Pool
May 7, 2010, 4:41 pm

Sorry to say, our Summer Party at Hampton Open Air Pool won't be happening in June as planned. This is due to a double booking at the pool.

We're exploring alternative venues for an event later in the summer, so watch this space!

Penguin Over 40s team narrowly beaten by Croydon
Nov 5, 2009, 10:22 am

Penguin's Over 40s team were narrowly beaten in their London League match against Croydon last night, conceding a penalty in the last minute of play. Final score Penguin 4, Croydon 5.

Men's Second Team take a resounding win over Beckenham
May 12, 2010, 2:11 pm

Penguin Men's Second Team won their match last night against Beckenham in the London League Division 1. Final score 16-6.

Womens Third Team - The Rockhoppers - results from British League weekend
Sep 28, 2010, 8:40 am

BWPL logoOur Women's Third Team playing as 'Penguin Rockhoppers' had their first British League fixture in Middlesbrough on Saturday 25 September.  It was a very early start and a long trek.  Numbers were low, with only 2 subs.

The first game was against Manchester D, a team of young nippers who had a full bench of subs.  We were focussed and determined, and took a 7-3 victory.

The second game was against the Southampton Sirens - a new team playing their first season in the League.  We were exhausted from our first game, but fought admirably until the end, losing 6-11.
Everyone played well individually and as a team.  Special mentions to Marijke for some spectacular goalkeeping and to Laura who made her debut for the Rockhoppers with some intelligent drives and terrier-like defence.  That said, all the girls excelled themselves and it was an encouraging start to the season.  Well done Rockhoppers!

Lisa does the 14.1k Bridge-to-Bridge swim
Aug 23, 2011, 11:11 am

Lisa in the Bridge to Bridge swimLisa Williams was back in the water again this weekend in the Bridge-to-Bridge swim, a 14.1k course with the stream from Henley to Marlow.

The swim, aimed at only serious long distance swimmers, is broken at locks along the route for feed and water stations and passes through some stunning countryside.

Lisa did brilliantly, finishing in about 3:45hrs. In complete contrast to the Bournemouth swim last week Lisa finished saying "Loved it and still on a high!".



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