Two victories and a draw for men’s water polo

Ian Cooper 30 January 2014

Last Saturday, the Blues water polo team travelled to Watford for the inaugural Bennett Invitational. After a tour to Turin over the Christmas break, the team were in very good shape and were eyeing three victories against UCL, Cardiff & Imperial in the second instalment of the BUCS group stages. Success in the group stages is crucial as it ensures a favourable draw in the knockout stages of the competition.

Against a strong Imperial side, the first two quarters were closely contested but the superior depth and fitness of the Blues squad ultimately shone though and the final result ended 18-8 in Cambridge’s favour. 

The Cambridge outfit simply proved too strong for UCL and the scoreline of 12-4 reflected a very one-sided encounter. The final match against Cardiff was undoubtedly the closest match of the tournament. Cardiff had a strong starting seven who were very quick on the counter-attack. They capitalised on this and  they had a one-goal advantage at the half-way stage. However, as fatigue took over Cardiff, the superior depth of the Cambridge squad shone through.

With 40 seconds on the clock, Cambridge were leading 6-5 but poor tactical play led to Cardiff regaining possession in a prime position to counter-attack. With 11 seconds remaining, Cardiff grabbed the all important equaliser. A long range shot from Cambridge with two seconds to go hit the woodwork and the game ended a draw.

Cambridge are only one win away from finishing second to last year’s BUCS winners in the group stages. The Blues will play their final group stage match against Southampton this coming Sunday.