Invaluable experience

by Colin Ingley

Matlock Water Polo Club entertained a Manchester University side at the Arc last Sunday, eager to look forward as a club and gain experience as individuals.

With over 20 squad members playing after a vigorous land training session, the match itself was a great success and will no doubt prove to be invaluable in the months ahead.

Coach Richard Sellors, recently described as “athletic looking and in shape” by a female near neighbour of his sister, was pleased with the evening.

“The numbers were down and newer players got water time. It is a slow, gradual process, but we have all pre-season to think about what we are doing.”

While the home side was narrowly defeated on the night, the last quarter certainly showed a lot of promise. The session also gave an opportunity for people to learn the electronic scoreboard and facilities, a task that is proving to be more difficult at times than learning the game.

This Sunday (November 6) will be a very proud moment for the club and its Arc home pool. The Notts League Handicap Cup final has chosen it as its venue, a contest between Southwell and Hucknall B.

Southwell are having a fantastic season, having beaten Matlock in the semi-final in July and raced away in the league. Although the underdogs, Hucknall B are capable of good performances and could well spring a surprise.

The jealous, very tall and slightly aggressive husband of Sellors’s female admirer, was not available at the time of going to press.