Water Polo team claim another title

Lancaster City have been crowned with their12th title. 'Back row from left: Duncan Holmes (team manager), Colin Burgess, Tom Curwen, Mike Brown, Sam Smith, Hamish Crichton, Dave Bush. Middle: Rysz Detko (coach), Zak Sly, Decland Ellwood, Marc Robinson, Giannis Paraskevopoulos, Fotis Paraskevopoulos, Jeff Parker (team manager). Front: Chris Hartley, James Wannop.

Lancaster City have been crowned with their12th title. 'Back row from left: Duncan Holmes (team manager), Colin Burgess, Tom Curwen, Mike Brown, Sam Smith, Hamish Crichton, Dave Bush. Middle: Rysz Detko (coach), Zak Sly, Decland Ellwood, Marc Robinson, Giannis Paraskevopoulos, Fotis Paraskevopoulos, Jeff Parker (team manager). Front: Chris Hartley, James Wannop.

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LANCASTER City’s Senior Men’s Water Polo team claimed their 12th British League title in the last 15 years after a thrilling weekend of action in front of the Sky cameras at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Lancaster headed into the final weekend two points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester, meaning the clash between the two sides on Saturday afternoon was billed as a title decider in this first ever screening of the British Water Polo League (BWPL) by Sky.

Manchester took an early lead through Serbian star Kacic but this was quickly cancelled out by a long range effort from Tom Curwen.

Manchester responded and ended the first quarter 3-2 up thanks to goals from Irish forward Jonny Kirk and Rob Rae.

Lancaster hit back at the start of the second quarter and took the lead thanks to goals from James Wannop and Decland Ellwood.

Following this there was never more than one goal between the teams as the two heavyweights exchanged goals.

Approaching the end of the third quarter the sides were level at 7-7 when Manchester were awarded a penalty.

However, veteran keeper Dave Bush came to the rescue with a brilliant save to keep the scores level at the end of the quarter.

Manchester started the final quarter strongly and a goal from Rob Rae put Manchester 9-8 ahead with four minutes remaining.

See the Lancaster Guardian (26-01-12) for full story.