Weston duo awarded places in GB programme

PUBLISHED: 14:17 27 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 24 May 2010

IN Weston's penultimate game of the Bristol and West Water Polo League season, they lost away to Swindon Dolphins, who they had beaten earlier in the season

IN Weston's penultimate game of the Bristol and West Water Polo League season, they lost away to Swindon Dolphins, who they had beaten earlier in the season.In the opening quarter they struggled to find the back of the net, and were then caught on the counter attack by the home side, and trailed by two goals before Sean Coles pulled one back. However, Swindon scored again before the end of the period, finishing 3-1 up.They slipped further behind when the home side netted again. Captain Greg Harper pulled another goal back, only to see Swindon score again a few minutes later to take it to 5-2 as Sean Coles netted his second. Swindon netted their sixth goal before Jon Edwards scored to make it 6-4 and Sean Coles completed a hat-trick to pull the Seasiders within one goal of Swindon's lead, but they could not press home the offensive and they home team scored just before the half-time break.Weston came out on the attack in the third period and were rewarded by Stuart Fennell and Harper scoring, and it looked like Weston would go into the ascendancy, but it was not to be as Swindon fought back and scored twice more before Harper struck back to make it 9-8 at the end of the quarter.With all to play for in the final quarter, Weston suffered from the lack of substitutes as they the team began to tire and the Dophins scored two goals in fairly quick succession.The Seasiders were awarded a penalty which was converted by Harper, which gave them a glimmer of hope at 11-9, but the final nail in the coffin was dealt with less than a minute left, and Weston went down 12-9.Justin Beardon made some good saves in goal, and he is now the first choice keeper for the Seasiders.Together with Stuart Fennell who also played well in this game, they have been awarded places in the British water polo youth programme, bringing them both a step closer to gaining a place in a future GB side aimed at the 2012 London Olympics, after they spent a week at the National Water Polo Academy, held at Millfield School.Man of the match however was Greg Harper, whose leadership of the team and top scorer of the Seasiders with four goals was an inspiration to fellow players.Sean Coles was tireless with his work for the team which gained him a hat-trick, while brother Liam Coles also worked hard, but could not score, despite many chances. Paul Watkins worked tirelessly, together with brothers Jon and Nick Edwards.In a friendly at Portishead open air pool, Weston beat Frome 12-8, with Stuart Fennell top scoring with six. Sean Coles netted four, Greg Harper got three, and Justin Beardon one.Polo returns to Hutton Moor on September 3, 6-7pm, and on September 7, at 9pm. Further details from Mike Coles on 01934 511456.

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