Tough early test awaits

by Colin Ingley

Matlock Water Polo Club begin their 2012 league campaign this Saturday with the toughest of opponents visiting the Arc in a massive early test for the home team.

Southwell cleaned up last season, winning the league, both cups and remaining unbeaten all year.

Their last visit to our town was in October of last year when they played and defeated Hucknall “B” to win the Handicap Cup.

Their semi-final win against Matlock in that competition is still a huge source of disappointment to many at the club. “It was a gutting experience, especially when we knew the final was to be played here.

But this is a new season and we are moving forward,” remarked coach Richard Sellors earlier this week.

A near full-strength Matlock side is anticipated for the first time in many weeks.

Sunday’s open water training at the New Bath Hotel was the first official preparation for the club’s Great North Swim attempt, scheduled in June.

With wet suits being worn for the first time by many, it provided a good start for this type of competition.

“My body was warm, but me head hurt”, was a quote backed up by at least two other participants. Lack of hair was theorised as a likely cause.

“The Follicle Three” were still unnamed individually at the time of going to press.