Water Polo - June Update

The Herts league enters June and a further Six games have been completed, 3 games in Division One & 2 in Division Two plus a first round Herts KO Cup game.

In Division One

Hatfield maintained their early season form when they beat Northampton away with a very comfortable Saturday afternoon’s polo winning the game 17-1, two games played & two wins under their belts. Watford then entertained Northampton on a Sunday evening at Woodside and Watford registered their second win of the campaign to maintain their 100% winning record with a 20-8 victory.

So on Monday 29th June Hatfield entertained Watford at the Hatfield Swim Centre & with both sides having won their opening two games something was going to give. Watford won the first quarter 3-0 & Hatfield hit back in the second to level things up at half time 3-3. Into the third & Hatfield took the lead only for Watford to level the game at 4-4 back came Hatfield and took the lead once again but Watford kept going and equalized again for 5-5 at the end of the third. In the final period & Watford snatched the lead at 6-5 & held on to maintain their winning run & put a dent in Hatfield’s league season.

At the end of June Watford lead the table with 3 wins from 3 (9 points), Hatfield are second with 2 wins from 3 played (7 points). Northampton third on 3 points from 34 games & Spalding fourth on 1 point, 1 game played. Bedford yet to start.

In Division Two

Two games played in June & both involved Div Two League Leaders Dunstable, the first in early June was at home against Milton Keynes and the home side won 7-1 to record their fourth game in a row, the next in late June was again at the home of Dunstable this time against Hitchin and the Bedfordshire based side won again this time 12-5, their sixth straight win since their opening game defeat away to Cambridge. Dunstable remain on course for promotion into Div One next season.

At the end of June Dunstable lead the Div Two table with 16 points having won Five out of their Six games played, Cambridge are still in second place with six points having won two of their three opening games. Milton Keynes are third 6 points from four games, Hitchin in fourth on five points from 3 games & Hertford in fifth on 2 points but have only played 2 games.

Herts KO Cup

The one remaining first round match has now been completed & Northampton beat Hitchin away 13-4 (22-23) on the handicap.

Steve Cook from Hitchin Polo provided this commented about the game, with a +8 goal advantage inHitchin's favour, it was always going to be a close match.

After the first quarter,Hitchinwere already 5-1 down, but pulled it back to 6-3 by half time with all three excellent goals from Richard Thomson. Simon Vogel of Northants proved difficult to tame, scoring 3 of the 6 for Northants.Hitchinkept it together in the third quarter, keeping the score to 9-4 (another goal from Thomson), and thus went into the last quarter with a three goal advantage. However extra subs, and a third major for Richard Young meantHitchin's inability to sub their rapidly tiring players meant Northants scoring another 4 goals with no reply, Vogel adding 2 more and Gough getting 3 . This meantNorthamptonwon 13-4 on the night and went through 22-23 after applying the handicap.

Northampton now go on to play Bedford away in the quarter-finals.

Quarter Final draw 2015:

Cambridge v Hatfield – 13th August match date
Hertford v Dunstable – 17th June match date
Watford v Spalding – 2nd August match date
Bedford v Northampton – match date to be confirmed