On Sunday 23 April, Scottish Water Polo hold the finals of the Scottish Championships at the Olympia Pool in Dundee and among the participants for the first time will be Stirling.
Over the weekend of 18/19 March, Stirling played the Semi Finals in the Under 19 Girls and Under 16 Championships.
First up on Saturday, our Under 19 Girls travelled through to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh to play Portobello. A tight game was expected but the Stirling girls jumped out to a blistering start and saw them heavily pressing Portobello and forcing them into mistakes which Stirling could capitalise on the break. At the end of the first quarter, Stirling led 7-1 and this continued in to the second quarter where again Stirling were dominant. Portobello came more in to the game in the final two periods but Stirling easily won 26-11. A tremendous performance from the girls with the impressive statistic that everyone in the squad scored in this game. Stirling will now play Dunfermline in the final.
Team: Christy Simons (GK), Lauren Dundee, Bethany Livingstone, Ginika Akpata, Lucy Tweedle, Hannah Luke, Kirsty Miller, Catherine Mitchell and Lizzie Winton.
The following evening, our Under 16 Team played their Semi Final again against Portobello at the University Pool. They emulated the girls by getting a strong start and with a couple of minutes left in the first quarter, Stirling led 8-0: however, sloppy ball handling allowed 2 quick goals to Portobello. The result was that Stirling lost their shape and the next two quarters were tight affairs with each period being drawn 3-3. Going into the last quarter, the players were asked to control possession better and they responded well by winning the final period 8-1. The final score of 22-9 means that Stirling go through to the final to meet the winners of either Menzieshill or Dunfermline who meet in the other Semi Final.
Team: Cameron Blance (GK), Harry Gray, Alexander Harris, Thomas De Nova, Catherine Mitchell, Kirsty Miller, Hannah Luke, Rachel Luke, James Miller, Jonny Hanson, Leon Campbell, Athol Murray and Fraser McNair
With Stirling Swimming only having started the Water Polo section less than 6 years ago, it is an excellent achievement to not only have one Team, but Two Teams qualify for the Scottish Championships where they hope they can win a Scottish title