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Ben Castle
Mar 10, 2011, 1:29 pm

Ben Castel at Penguin summer party 2009We are sad to report the death of Bernard Castle on 9th March 2011, following a short illness. 

Ben was a prominent member of the Club in the 1950s.  He was a first class water polo player and swimmer and took part in all the Club activities at that time. See a picture of him in the team that visited Jersey in 1951.

As a Vice President of the Club, Ben maintained a keen interest in Penguin even after he emigrated to New Zealand, through his many friends and the website. On his visits back to the UK he would often have a swim with the Masters section, and he came to our summer party at Hampton Pool in 2009 (pictured here). 

Ben recently sent a number of items which have been included in the history section of this website, and he was a generous contributor to the fund which financed the Ron Turner Memorial Trophy. 

We will miss him.

Buy from Amazon and earn money for the Club
Dec 3, 2010, 2:12 pm

In Association with Amazon.co.ukWe're pleased to have joined the Amazon.co.uk Associates Scheme. Use the link on the top righthand side of our home page to go to the Amazon website and the Club earns money on anything you buy in that session.

You'll get the same great Amazon prices and service, but the Club benefits too. Please ask your family and friends to use this link as well to help the Club even more.

Women's 3rd team battle it out in their fourth National League weekend
Nov 21, 2009, 8:59 pm

Woems third team Nov 09Penguin women's 3rd team travelled to Hucknall for their fourth National League weekend of the season on Sat 21st Nov.

Our first match was against Poly, and we were hoping for a win after some promising signs in training. We started well scoring three goals in the first 2 minutes without reply.

Poly fought hard and both teams kept up the pressure making for an exciting game. Bronwyn Donne made several great saves which, in combination with a full pool pressing defence, restricted Poly's attack. We showed a great improvement in man up and man down situations and the game was on a knife-edge right to the final minute. Final score 9-11 to Poly.

In the second game we faced South Derbyshire who are currently top of the league, so the team knew it was going to be tough. Still tired from the previous match, we had a poor start and after the first quarter the score was 8-2, although Anna Wych's two great goals kept some hope alive for the Penguin team. Jenny Austin and Alison Earl both stepped up to the challenge of goal keeping with Jenny managing to save a penalty from the top South Derbyshire player. However, South Derbyshire are an experienced team with Spartan discipline and this shone through. Penguin kept fighting through to the final whistle and three powerful goals from Michaela Capkova took the final score to 22-7 -  a big improvement from the previous fixture. 

Coach Sergio Bezeiro said after: "The team played a good defence and man up, and they had a great attitude."

Huge thanks to captain Lily Woodroof who travelled with the team even though she was ill, Her positive spirit helped keep us focussed and determined. 

The next fixture is in Walsall in January so the team are hopeful of better results in the New Year.

Charlie Mock
Oct 13, 2009, 1:11 pm

Charlie Mock in May 2009Charlie Mock our old friend and the Club’s newest Honorary Member has just had a quadruple bypass operation. He is recovering at the hospital in Malta where he lives, and we wish him a speedy return to full health.

Charlie has been involved with Penguin since 1967 and has always been a great friend of the Club. Over the years he has helped and sometimes played with visiting Penguin teams to Malta.

You may have seen him (unwittingly) in the film Murphy’s War starring Peter O’Toole. When Murphy (O’Toole) drops a torpedo from the barge onto the German submarine, Charlie plays the German sonar officer who hands earphones to the submarine captain.
He has also had parts in many other films made in Malta.

Charlie is a veteran water polo goalkeeper. He played for Balluta (now San Gilgan) and represented Malta as their no.1 keeper for many years. He remains a close friend of Malcolm Cromer, Terry King and our late Terry Bushell.

Penguin men make British finals for the 2nd year in succession.
Feb 9, 2009, 6:28 pm
League champions Lancaster continued where they left off in the league winning all three of their games, including knocking out Bristol Central with a 13 - 8 victory.
Penguin water polo team
Penguin won their opening game against Bristol, were defeated in a tough match against Lancaster, but comfortably finished their weekend's performances with a 15 - 4 win over Welsh Wanderers, seeing them through to the finals and coming second in the group. 
Top of the other table were Rotherham Metro and City Of Manchester who knocked out Cheltenham and Invicta respectively. 
Lancaster will play City of Manchester and Rotherham Metro play Penguin, a repeat of the semi final fixtures from the 2008 British Championships. These games will be held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, along with the womens finals on the 21st & 22nd February.

Penguin's results from the preliminary round
Penguin 10 Bristol Central 5
Penguin 11 Lancaster 15 
Penguin 15 Welsh Wanderers 4

Entries now open for the Middlesex Masters Swim Competition
Apr 8, 2010, 1:24 pm

middlesex county asa imageThe Middlesex County ASA Masters competition will be on Sunday 6 June at the Southbury Leisure Centre in Enfield.

Download the entry form and let Stu Bell know if you're willing to swim in relays.

Closing date for entries is Fri 14 May 2010.

Penguin invasion at Manchester
Feb 6, 2010, 2:57 pm

On 30th and 31st January all three Penguin Ladies National League teams headed to Manchester for the final show down of the League season.

Our three teams - 40 of us in total! -met on the Saturday evening for a dinner to celebrate the end of this season and the beginning of the new one. Well done to all who managed to make it through to this weekend, as the season has been a long one with a good few injuries. 


Penguin first team, Manchester, Jan 2010On Sunday morning our 1st team took on London rivals Otter. We started strongly and secured a 4-0 lead in the first quarter from which we went on to take the victory 9 – 5.

Only six more weeks until British Champs (20th/21st Feb 2010), where our 1st team take on the top three teams in the country – Manchester A, Liverpool A and Sheffield A.

Penguin Womens First Team:
Back row L-R: Melinda Menczinger, Frankie Snell, Lorelle Dooley, Morgen-Rae Graham, Elenor Thomson, Gloria Armstrong (Captain)
Middle row: Tasja Botha, Alina White, Charlotte Hanson, Rebecca Grace
Front row: Balasz Kis (coach)



For the Penguin B team this was the most important weekend of the season with the potential to finish in the top three of the second division (a first for Penguin B!). So there was a mix of excitment and nerves in the team, especially as our star pit player Bonnie Marcello could not play as she is now expecting a baby (congratulations Bonnie!).

Our first match on the Saturday was against Coventry. We had beaten them 10-6 in Liverpool and this game was tighter, but we secured an 8-9 victory. A win or draw in our match next day against Mid Sussex Marlins was now crucial!


We had an early start on Sunday and our other pit player Pam Campbell had to rush home when her son fell ill. Fiona Greer stepped into the position and we started the match well with a 2-1 lead over Mid Sussex Marlins after the first quarter, thanks to goals from Lis Holmes and Marta Tufet. There were no goals in the second quarter but the match became noticeably more physical as our opponents were also battling for that precious third place. In the fourth quarter both our pit defence, Alex Andrews, and our pit attack, Fiona Greer, were out of the game on three major fouls and Mid Sussex Marlins were leading by one goal with only one minute remaining. Penguin Coach Balazs Kis called a strategic time out to give final encouragement to the girls:''one attack is all it takes to bring home a victory''. With less than 30 seconds on the clock Marta Tufet lead a counter attack and an excellent pass from our goalie Katie Collins gave us front water on the defence. In their attempts to prevent our shot at goal Mid Sussex Marlins conceded a penalty. With the score at 6-7 to them, and our strongest shooter (Fiona Greer) out of play, left-handed Lis Holmes took the shot that would determine our final postition in the league.  Lis scored with a fantastic goal and we drew the match 7-7 giving us third place in the second division of the Women’s Water Polo League!


 Penguin second teamIt's been an excellent season for Penguin B; let's aim for first place next time!


Penguin Womens Second Team:
Back row L-R: Katie Collins, Pamela Campbell, Balazs Kis (Coach), Rachel Bull, Alex Andrews, Fiona Greer, Lis Holmes.
Front row: Claire Martin, Marta Tufet (Captain), Hayley McGuiness





Across the weekend Penguin 3rds took on Poly and South Derby. Despite losing both games, the team played admirably and fought until the end. The improvement the 3rds have made throughout this season is absolutely outstanding.  They have a large and impressively dedicated and enthusiastic squad, and their Coach's message to them is "When it comes to teamwork and team spirit, you are 10/10. Lack of confidence and experience is our main problem, but unfortunately you only learn playing actual games. Time will make you a better team."

Read the Swimming Times articles mentioning the 2nd and 3rd Teams.






Trophy winners
Jul 12, 2009, 1:20 pm

Ron Turner Memorial TrophyTaka Ohta is the inaugural winner of the Ron Turner Memorial Trophy and Janusz Kordonski is named as the Club’s Athlete of the Year.

The Ron Turner Memorial Trophy was awarded in recognition of 18 year old Taka's commitment, loyalty, effort and application to the sport of water polo and the West London Penguin Swimming and Water Polo Club.

The Trophy is to be awarded annually to an under-21 member of West London Penguin in honour of Ron Turner who did so much to support the development of young water polo players. It was paid for by donations from Ron’s friends, and was presented to Taka by Ron's widow, Gill, at the Club's Summer Party.

Gill also presented the Club's Athlete of the Year award to Janusz Kordonski, recognizing his achievements across the last year in mens water polo player and masters swimming.



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