Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Home Nations tournament proves to be good experience for Scots

Scotland’s Senior Men’s Water Polo team took to the pool to compete for the first time this year, at the Home Nations International tournament in Coventry at the weekend, coming up against England, Wales and Ireland in a round-robin competition.

Scotland – who won their first game post-Covid in December against Wales – took their one victory in the tournament against the same Welsh side, in a game that ended 13-8 in the Scots favour.

The game saw Finlay Nesbitt score a hattrick for Scotland, with doubles from: Christopher Campbell, Callum Bailey, Ben Scott, and Dominique Zahra. Edward Grundy and Harry Gray also got their names on the scoresheet for David Baxter's side.

Scotland took and early lead in the match, and never really looked back, leading 5-3 at the end of second period, and 11-5 by the end of the third. Wales matched Scotland’s goal tally in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to turn around the 6-goal gap.

In their opening game, Scotland lost to Ireland, despite a strong performance, particularly from No.8 Dominique Zahra who netted a hattrick in the final period of the match. The game, which ended 13-7 to Ireland saw the Irish side trailing 3-4 at the halfway mark, but the side from over the Irish sea stormed through Scotland’s defence to score 9 goals over the final two periods of the game. It was in the end, a comfortable victory for Scotland’s opponents.

In the battle between England and Scotland on Sunday, it was the home side who came on top, in another 13-7 defeat for Scotland in Coventry. Scotland made a dream start, leading 3-0 in the first period, before England began clawing back at the deficit in the second period, and by half time held a lead of 7-5.

The English side continued to assert their authority, scoring 6 more goals, and conceding just two throughout the rest of the match, in what was the last game of the weekend.

It was a tough way to end the weekend for Scotland, but a great experience for the squad.

 

 

The Scottish team, which travelled down to Coventry was as follows:

 

1) Thomas Cameron, 2) Josh Brown,

3) Edward Grundy, 4) Christopher Campbell,

5) Callum Bailey, 6) Finlay Nesbitt, 7) Ben Scott,

8) Dominique Zahra, 9) Guy Broadhurst,

10) Rory Nesbitt, 11) Harry Gray,

12) Christopher Raffo, 13) William Moores

Head Coach: David Baxter

Team Manager: Ian Melville

 

Image Credit: England Water Polo

All results can be found here and all matches are available to be watched back here