Welcome to the first newsletter of the year 2016/17. Through these we want to give a short summary of what has been going on in EUSWPC throughout the previous month. September has been a busy but exciting month for EUSWPC with fresher’s week and the start of the season for all the teams. As with every year we have had an influx of new talent throughout swimming and water polo which is very exciting looking forward to the coming year to see all the teams develop.
Fresher’s week 2016 was a huge success with all events and the fresher fair having such strong turn outs. Wacky races lead by our social sec William Broadhurst and swimming convenor Francesca Christophersen went really well with the pool at max capacity. Same to be said for the water polo taster sessions, this time lead by vice-president Joe Hansen-Shearer, president Alison Thomson and water polo convenor Adam Meek, along with many other helpers and coaches, once again such a good turn out from the freshers to the taster sessions. Huge thanks to all committee and everyone else who helped run all the events and make fresher’s week the success it was.
Water polo- Men’s
There have been some major changes to both the men’s water polo teams. After losing some key players last year the men’s firsts have had a big change to the team. In the first few weeks the team has played three games. The first a win 11-3 against St. Andrews in the Varsity match on the 24/09. Their first BUCS game against Manchester met. was a tough game and the men fought really hard but sadly lost 9-14. Captain for the firsts this year is Sam Pritchett. In SNL (Scottish National League) they won against Western once again with a really strong game from the guys. The men’s seconds aka the flies also played two games, once again captained by Andrew Bryce. First game was a huge win away to Aberdeen 20-11, giving them such positive start to the season. Their next game was against Dundee at home, sadly losing 12-16. Both teams have lots to work on in the coming season, but hopefully good things to come.
Water polo- Women’s
The women’s 1st team have had the best start to the season, keeping their clean sheet and winning all their games. For the second year in a row, Alison Thomson captaining the team. The team has played four games in the past few weeks. Against Warrender (SNL), St Andrews (Varsity), Western (SNL) and St Andrews (BUCS). The team has gained some really strong players and the season ahead looks really positive. The women’s seconds aka the Queens have played two games in the BUCS league, one sadly losing 3-2 to Stirling in a really close game. The next game against Glasgow was an amazing win for the Queens 6-4, the first time they have beaten Glasgow in over two years.
Swimming training has been ongoing through September, there hasn’t been any matches yet but the sessions have been packed out looking good for this year. The swim team did take part in Varsity vs St Andrews and absolutely smashed it, taking our Varsity wins to 3/3 for this year so far. Looking forward to October, there is team trials coming up early this month as well as events such as Stirling Sprints which is always a fun one to get involved with.
Good luck to all the teams in the coming month. Remember to keep an eye on all of our social media @EUSWPC to keep updated on fixtures, events and results.