Monday, April 23, 2018 #ScottishWaterPoloChamps18 - Review The best of Water Polo in Scotland took to Tollcross Pool this weekend for the Scottish National Water Polo Cup Championships, treating the crowd to six quality finals. Dunfermline WPC took home two titles with the Mens U21 Malta Cup and Girls U19 Annette Mooney Memorial Trophy, but they were edged out in the Men's showpiece Scottish Cup final by Portobello ASC. University of Edinburgh won the Women's Scottish Cup while Stirling Swimming WPC took home the Mixed U16 David Balbirnie Cup, and there was a triumph for Warrender WPC in the Boys U18 Willie Mellor Cup. The opening match was the Mixed U16 David Balbirnie Cup between Stirling and Portobello, with the former looking to retain their title. A close match finished 14-9 to the holders. Portobello featured in the next final too, for the Mens U21 Malta Cup, against another title-holding team in Dunfermline WPC. And once again it was the holders who won out, showing their class in an 18-4 victory. Dunfermline kept up that impressive form in the Girls U19 Annette Mooney Memorial Trophy, beating a spritied Warrender side by a score of 18-7. For the Boys U18 Willie Mellor Cup it was Warrender vs Menzieshill Whitehall. Warrender won by five goals in the end, stretching their lead from a tight 7-6 at the beginning of the final quarter to eventually run out 13-8 winners. In the next match, the Women's Scottish Cup, University of Edinburgh WPC inflicted another defeat on Portobello to win the Graz Trophy for the seconed year in a row. The final score was 15-4. But Portobello finally got their hands on a trophy and it came in a thrilling final against age-old rivals Dunfermline WPC, maintaining their dominance in this championship. The scores went back and forth early on and the gap throughout the match was never more than two goals. Portobello nudged out in front 4-2 just before the end of the first quarter and they did not reliqinquish the lead for the rest of the match, even with Dunfermline scoring in the last 30 seconds of the match. The score in the end was 9-8 to Portobello. Full scores: 22/04/18 05:30 PM Dunfermline Water Polo Club Men 8-9 Portobello ASC Men 22/04/18 04:00 PM Portobello ASC Ladies 4-15 Edinburgh University Ladies 22/04/18 02:30 PM Menzieshill Whitehall U18's 8-13 Warrender Baths Club U18's 22/04/18 01:00 PM Warrender Baths Club U19's Girls 7-18 Dunfermline Water Polo Club U19's Girls 22/04/18 11:30 AM Dunfermline Water Polo Club U21's 18-4 Portobello ASC U21's 22/04/18 10:00 AM Portobello ASC U16's 9-14 Stirling Swimming U16's Well done to everyone who competed and a huge thanks to all who volunteered and/or supported the teams. Photos courtesy of Neil Hanna are available on our Facebook and Flickr pages. If you are interested in taking up Water Polo, why not join your nearest club?