Friday 27 April 2018

Ladies lead the way with three wins from three games

FOLLOWING the excitement of hosting Polish side Gorzow for their Invitational Tournament, where the Drogheda contingent on the Leinster Blues team emerged victorious, it was back to league water polo for the Boynesiders as the various national competitions got under way in the NAC over the weekend.

The ladies section of the club turned out to be the torch bearers as they managed three wins in their three games, while the neither the Boys Under 16 team nor the Men's senior team could collect a single point from their three matches.

On Saturday in the NAC the ladies started the Women's Premier League with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Galway's Tribes, while later in the day the Men's seniors lost their first match of the season 7-4 against Corrib.

The new National Under 16 Leagues started at the same venue on Sunday, where in the early session the boys team were beaten 12-2 by a fancied Corrib outfit, before surrendering a three-goal lead against Belfast opposition Grads to lose on a final scoreline of 7-4.

The girls continued where the ladies left off on Saturday as they easily accounted for Clontarf in their opening fixture, running out 14-1 winners, while in their second match they got the better of Tribes 5-1 to leave themselves sitting pretty at the top of the table after round one.

Next weekend sees both the boys and girls under-15s travelling to Belfast for the annual Bridgestone Invitational Tournament, while the ladies senior team get their first run-out at the new 50-metre pool in Bangor as they face Donegal in the Women's Premier League.

Meanwhile, all involved in the Invitational Tournament gave it a rousing thumbs-up as the visitors from Gorzow brought out the very best in the Irish Provincial selections.

The tournament culminated in a winner-takes-all tie between Gorzow and Leinster, with the Irish team emerging victorious 11-6 in a thrilling finale. Prominent for the locals on the day were internationals Luke Callaghan and Conor Gradwell, while Carl Fogarty had a fantastic day between the posts.

Both sides will lock horns again next year as Gorzow have kindly extended an invitation to their annual tournament where the Drogheda lads will face opposition from Poland, Germany and Spain.

Drogheda Independent