U16/U17 SNL Games on Sun 17 Sep
Dunfermline Juniors returned to Scottish National League (Phase 2) action at NSA on Sun 17 Sep with 2 tough games, firstly against Menzieshill and then Stirling.
The team welcomed back Cameron Baigrie, Orla McQuade and Saul Paton from injury. The first game was against Menzieshill (MHW), 2 sides very closely matched with MHW just winning the previous 2 encounters this year.
The game was indeed a close affair between these two evenly matched sides with the match sheet recording only 2 events in Q1; Alex out for a major and a goal for Cameron to give DWPC a slender 1-0 lead after Q1.
Q2 continued in the same way with a goal for MHW after 1m 45s to even up the score followed by a double exclusion and a quick goal from Niamh to give DWPC a slender 2-1 lead at half time.
MHW responded first to level the game and despite a 2nd for Cameron from a penalty, MHW scored with just over a minute remaining to level the game 3-3 going into the final period.
The 4th period saw Cameron score his 3rd goal to edge DWPC ahead however MHW responded very quickly and it was all square again. An exclusion for DWPC saw MHW edge ahead for the first time in the game. Despite exclusions for each side, Cameron finally brought the teams back on even terms with 2m 19 s remaining - score 5-5.
The last 2 minutes saw these evenly match side work hard and with 1m 54s remaining, Cameron finally broke the deadlock to give DWPC the lead. A goal from Orla with 1m 4s remaining gave DWPC a 2 goal lead which they managed to retain and finally won this close and entertaining match 7-5.
A great game which always promised to be close and entertaining between these 2 evenly matched teams.
Team list (goals scored):
A Lawrence, C Baigire (5), O Mcquade (1), A Thomson, N Moloney (1), K Taylor, H Taylor, M Holmes, H Prattis, S Paton, C Aitchison.
U14 Junior Development Tournament
13 players from DWPC attended the first in a series of Autumn Development tournaments at NSA on Sun 10 Sep. Competing in Group B, the team faced Warrender, Larkhall and Stirling A in the group stage.
The group games consisted of single periods of 8 mins whilst the play off round was 2 x 6 mins periods.
In the first game against Stirling A, Dunfermline made a slow start allowing Stirling to get ahead, a lead they maintained. Some slack defending allowed shots which gave Nathan, who was deputing in goals, little chance. Weak and inaccurate shooting at the other end compounded the problem as Dunfermline chased the game but failed to gain momentum, eventually losing 4-0.
The team then went straight into the game vs Warrender without a break. An improvement in defending plus some good shooting from Scott gave Dunfermline an early lead which we retained and earned a narrow win.
U18 Girls League Match Report
Dunfermline WPC U18 girls team played their first game at RCP on 26 Aug in the newly formed U18 Girls Scottish league and came away with a comfortable 11-2 win over Kirkintilloch. Due to the tournament style format, the game was played over 2 halves. Dunfermline were also due to play Forth Valley who withdrew at the last minute so forfeit the game.
The team started brightly and began to take control of the game although it took 1 min 30s before Orla opened the scoring with her 1st of the game. A strong press ensured there were few attacking opportunities for the opposition with any balls which leaked through easily snapped up by Aithne in goals. Further goals came from Hannah P (2), Hannah M and Niamh (3) to ensure a comfortable lead. Imogen, Catriona and Erin worked hard to restrict chances from counter attacks down the wings. With the experience of the senior players showing through and supporting the youngsters, the opportunity also arose for firstly Kayleigh and then Amelia from our minipolo squad to make their debuts at this level.
Dunfermline led 7-0 at half time and a change in goal keepers allowed Catriona in and Aithne to play outfield for the 2nd period.
Scottish Development tournaments for Autumn 2017
The Scottish Waterpolo Development tournaments for Autumn 2017 have been announced. DWPC won this competition in 2016.
Age Group: Mixed: Under 14 boys (2004+) & Under 15 girls (2003+)*
Location: Stirling University, National Swim Academy (NSA)
Format: 7 – a – sides
Sunday Sept 10th 3:30-5:30 NSA (25M)
Sunday Oct 29th 3:30-5:30 NSA (25M)
Sunday Nov 12th 3:30-5:30 NSA (25M)
Under 14 boys/15girls Scottish Finals:
Saturday Dec 16th 4:00-7:00PM (trophy and medals!)
Clubs must enter teams for each date by Wednesday 12:00 the week before so players should ensure they check and confirm availability to the team manager/coach in good time.
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