University of Stirling Water Polo Club (USWC) has made a splash this season with a series of first-time successes.
The women’s team has finished second in their league (a result USWC has not seen in over a decade), with only two points separating the them from a victory.
“[This is] the best result USWC has ever had,” says Paige Aitchison, the women’s captain. All this, Aitchison describes, was achieved “with limited coaching and training [which] is phenomenal.’
“I am happy that this sport is finally getting recognised within the university and I am so excited to see how the girls perform next year”
The women’s team scored 132 goals, made it to the second round of BUCS Water Polo Trophy tournament, and was even able to play a Premier North promotion match against Manchester Metropolitan University, another achievement never seen by USWC.
What’s more, two members of the women’s team are going to represent Stirling on an international level. Emma Hamilton is going to represent Scotland in the EU Nation games in Czech Republic this summer, and Petra Kotkova will be heading to Wales to represent Scotland at the Celtic Nations Tournament.
“The guys team had a very successful year considering this was our transitional phase,” comments men’s captain Sam Manley on the season. “We managed to progress to the last 16 of the BUCS [Trophy]. In terms of the league, the men’s team went through a development year, recording wins against [3 teams].”
With 129 goals scored, the men’s team placed 6th in the league.
“Next season is our season,” says Manley, determined.
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