Olympians return to pool

Lancaster welcome back three London 2012 Olympians for the start of the British Water Polo League season this weekend.

Ciaran James, Glen Robinson and Alex Parsonage all took a year out to play abroad but will form part of a new-look Lancaster side hoping to win their title back from reigning champions Cheltenham.

Their returns are just some of the big changes in and out of the water for the Salt Ayre-based club.

Team managers Duncan Holmes and Jeff Parker have stepped down and made way for Tracy and Nigel Sharpe with the side coached by Rysz Detko and Zak Sly with Ron Winn also helping at training.

In the pool goalkeeper Dave Bush, Colin Burgess and Chris Hartley have all retired allowing goalkeeper Marc Robinson to step up to the full-time position with youngster Lewis Peach, 17, also set to experience his first senior season after showing some great potential in Lancaster’s local league games.

Ryan Pinington returns after four years away with the club also welcoming two new signings in the form of Roger Kennedy, 20, and Declan Thompson, 18.

Despite all the changes, a host of regular faces return as well including last season’s league top scorer Tom Curwen, Decland Ellwood, James Wannap, Michael Brown, Robert Simpson, Noel Howson, Scott Sharpe and Ben Walker.

The season gets underway at Ponds Forge, Sheffield this weekend, September 7 and 8, where Lancaster take on two Scottish teams in Caledonia on Saturday and Portobello on Sunday.