Water polo column: Win proves a timely boost

James Barber, Matlock Water Polo Club.
James Barber, Matlock Water Polo Club.

Matlock entertained a young Bingham side on Sunday as the home team’s own youngsters once again had a match with development as the main objective.

Both club’s agreed some weeks ago to play a game involving each others’ inexperienced and developing players.

Assistant coach Mike Glancy sees this as the way forward.

He said: “We will be playing matches throughout the season with this philosophy in mind. If the opposition helps to make it an even contest also, then this is best for everyone.”

Matlock were winners on the night with three goals by 16-year-old Joe Palmer and further goals by fellow youngsters Brad Thomas, Will Fry and Luke Elliott.

Andy Goodacre had an excellent game in goals and Martin Peace and Alex Goodall performed well.

Coach Jim Evans was thrilled this week to hear that he will possibly have access to a wireless head set for Christmas as used by aerobic and aquarobic teachers.

Jim did heavily deny however, that he plans to undergo an S Club 7 dance routine or a Britney Spears number during his training sessions.

He added: “Total nonsense. Besides, my era is more Herbie Hancock.”

His version of ‘I thought it was you’ is to be released shortly.

Merry Christmas to all of you from Matlock Water Polo Club.