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Waterpolo - 25. February 2008.

MANCHESTER TAKE POLO HONOURS



City of Manchester took the honours at the British Water Polo Championships after a day of highly competitive action at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

photos Andrew Schofield

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photo Andrew Schofield


City of Manchester took the women's title after some fantastic play against Penguins A Ladies.

Penguins looked like taking an early lead after a minute of play when a dipping shot rattled off the Manchester crossbar.

Both teams could have broken the deadline early in the first quarter but the defensive play of both keep their opponents aT bay.

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Manchester broke the deadline when the superb Chloe Wilcox hit the back of the net after four minutes.

Penguins made a quick attack after the restart and hit the crossbar for a second time in the quarter.

Manchester's defence were strong and prevented Penguins from converting many of their attacks into goals.

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Some fantastic passing straight from the Manchester defence going from the left to right wing led to their second goal of the quarter and sent them through to the next period leading 2-0 through another goal by Wilcox.

Penguins came out fighting in the second quarter of brought the game to 2-2 with two early goals, however Manchester soon re-established their advantage and extended it once again when Wilcox netted and Victoria Hawkins scored to make it 4-2.

This quick start to the next quarter by both teams had seen four goals in as many minutes hit the back of the net as Penguins and Manchester battled it out for the championship trophy.

Penguins broke the Manchester defence to bring the score to 4-3 but Manchester continued to dominate the attacking play and scored two goals in the final 90 seconds.

Manchester dominated the third quarter, taking it 4-1 after Penguins took an early goal 20 seconds into play with Aine Hoy, Sarah Pimblett, Ros Griffiths and Alex Rutlidge all finding the back of the net for Manchester.

As the teams headed into the final period, Manchester went in leading 10-4

Manchester took the first goal of the final period with Aine Hoy adding another to her tally, but Penguins pulled one back moments later through Kate Allum.

Penguins found the net once again shortly after to make it 11-6 when Kelly Miller found a way through Manchester's defence.

However, Manchester were to take the final goal of the game when Victoria Hawkins made it 12-6 to the now champions.

Manchester's top scorer and captain for the championships, Chloe Wilcox was thrilled with the teams title.

"Obviously we are so pleased to have won. The whole team has worked so hard and as it was Julie's (Allsopp - coach) last game with us it was also great to win it for her," said Wilcox.
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