On the evening of Saturday 12th March, Letchworth Canoe Club polo team were playing in the National League Division 4, South East Tournament, at Stevenage Swimming Centre.
Their first match was against St. Albans. This was a close fought match with Letchworth taking an early lead, thanks to a goal from Paul Stephens. Letchworth held onto the lead until half way through the second half when St. Albans scored an equaliser. Letchworth put St. Albans under pressure to score a winner, but despite several shots on target, were unable to find the back of the net. Final score for the first match 1:1.
The second match was against University of London (ULU). Letchworth dominated the game, with Paul Stephens again opening the scoring for Letchworth early in the first half, followed by Fee McCusker and Joe Gibson adding to the total. Letchworth should have scored more goals, but poor shooting let them down. A defensive error by Letchworth allowed ULU to score a conciliation goal. Final score for the second match 3:1
The third match was against Blackwater, one of the strongest teams in the league. Letchworth allowed Blackwater to pull their defence apart in the first half and conceded 5 goals. After a team reorganisation at half time, the second half saw a much improved Letchworth side, with Paul Stephens scoring the only goal of that half with a fine individual effort taking the ball from the half way line to the goal to score. Final score for the third match 1:5
The last match was against Battersea - a very even game with Steve Bratton scoring for Letchworth in the first half before then conceding 2 goals. A nail-biting second half ensued, before Alistair Riches scored a well-deserved equaliser to draw the final match 2:2.
A successful tournament for Letchworth, with their best results so far this season.
Team Left to Right Fee Mccusker Alistair Riches Paul Stephens Steve Bratton Joe Gibson
Canoe polo is a high adrenaline, exciting, team sport, played in kayaks with teams of up to 8 players, attempting to score into goals suspended 2 metres above the water.
Letchworth canoe polo team are part of Baldock & District Canoe club paddling at North Herts Leisure Centre, in Letchworth, on Sunday evenings.
For further information, please see www.thecanoeclub.co.uk