Olympians to star as top-level water polo comes to Lancaster

Lancaster's Glen Robinson in action for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
Lancaster's Glen Robinson in action for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.

A festival of top-level water polo action is coming to Lancaster.

The third weekend of the British Water Polo League’s Super Fives will see the best men’s and women’s teams in the country battle it out at Salt Ayre Sports Centre on the weekend of December 7 and 8.

Many of Team GB’s London 2012 Olympians will be in action with the successful Lancaster side hoping to have a big crowd cheering them on for their games against Bristol on Saturday and Cheltenham on Sunday.

Coach Zak Sly said: “We’re going for our 13th title since 1996 this year.

“We’ll have two London 2012 Olympians in our ranks in Glen Robinson and Alex Parsonage with the third, Ciaran James, moving to France to play professionally there.

“This is the top senior water polo in the country.

“The teams that do well in this competition can qualify for Europe.”

As for any fans who hadn’t watched live water polo before, Zak believes they are in for an exciting day if they support Lancaster at Salt Ayre.

He said: “It’s an action packed game.

“There’s a lot of minor and major fouls and is just a really intense sport.

“I’m sure it was the named the toughest sport in the world the other week as people get pushed under the water.

“It’s the combination of strength and speed. It’s just action right from the start to the finish.”

On Saturday the action kicks off at 11.15am with Lancaster’s game against Bristol at 12.30. The final game starts at 5.30pm.

The following day the hosts start the day’s games against Cheltenham at 10.15am.

The last contest of the weekend sees Liverpool take on Manchester in a women’s game at 2pm.