Author: Mark Procter

Invitation to Trial to Represent Devon County ASA at the Inter-County Water Polo Championships

Dear Coach / Parent / Player

Invitation to Trial to Represent Devon County ASA at the Inter-County Water Polo Championships 

Players in the following age groups are invited to attend trials to represent Devon in the forthcoming South West Inter-County Championships to be held on the 24th and 25th November 2018 at Millfield School in Somerset. At present we do not know which age groups may be required to attend on which day, and so players are asked to keep both days free at present. In order to attend the trials, players need to:

(a)   Be available to play on the above dates;

(b)   Be a registered member of a Devon based Water Polo Club;

(c)   Register their attendance at the Trials by their parent or guardian emailing me at this address not later than 12 noon on Monday 10th September 2018 and providing full name, date of birth and parent / guardian contact details; and

(d)   Pay £5 (to be paid at the trial and in cash) to cover the costs associated with the Trial.

The Trials will be held at the Pyramids Leisure Centre (Exeter, EL1 2 LA) on Sunday 16th September.

1800-1915         12&U (Mixed sex)          Players born in 2006-2008

1900-2015         14&U (Mixed sex)          Players born in 2004 and 2005

2000-2130         16&U Male                    Players born in 2002 and 2003

Assessment of players will take place in accordance with the established procedures used within the County. If a player cannot attend the trial, then an email explaining the reasons for the player not being able to attend should be sent to me, and an assessment as to selection may be undertaken and may include consultation with any other coach within the County. Please note that the County reserves its position to select players that can attend the trial in preference to players who are not able to attend the trial – but to be applied at the discretion of the selectors.

If you have any questions regarding the trials, please do not reply to this email, but telephone me on 07557055775 to discuss. Please leave a voicemail or send a text message to this number if you do not receive an immediate response. Please do feel free to pass on this email to any member of your Club who you feel may be interested in attending the trials.

Yours sincerely

James Baker

For and on Behalf of the Devon County ASA Water Polo Committee

British Masters kit on sale now

The HCMSMG are proud to announce the sale of Tyr British Masters Kit.

British Masters generic kit consists of a Training Jacket, T shirt and two different coloured swim caps.

There is also a European Masters T shirt specifically for the LEN Masters European Championships 2018

In order to ensure your kit arrives before you fly off to Slovenia the pre-ordering window is Monday 28 May until Sunday 17 June. In order to ensure you don’t miss out please order your kit as soon as possible.

You can order your kit at the Tyr partnership website: nessswimwear

British Masters National Championships Results

Over 700 masters from all over Britain turned out to compete in the British Masters National Championships over the weekend in the Plymouth Life Centre. 

The three-day event turned out to be a great success with many swimmers praising the venue, the organisation and the friendliness and efficiency of the officials.

A big vote of thanks must to go to the many Devon officials who gave up their time to volunteer to help out over the weekend.

Thank you so much to all of you.

It was great to see so many friendly faces on poolside.  

Having this event on our doorstep was a fantastic opportunity for Devon swimmers to compete in a National event, without having to travel too far and happily many took advantage of this.  

Well done and thank you, to all who took part and helped make it such a memorable weekend

Cupar Trophy Top Club

Devon Results

Devon ASA Talent Camp

The first of the talent camp days was held at Mount Kelly on the 22ndApril 2018. The event was attended by 24 swimmers that had been selected following the Devon Championships and 8 staff to support the swimmers. In total 12 clubs from across the county were represented.

The day consisted of a one hour gym session which focussed on Fundamental Movement Skills such as coordination, throwing, jumping and balance. There were two one hour pool sessions, held in the 25m pool, where the focus was very much on skills such as streamlining, aquatic alignment, underwater skills and transition into the stroke, although there was still time for a very exciting skills relay at the end of the second session. A one hour presentation was given in the afternoon on Effective Stroke Technique by Head Coach, Neil Shire, which was attended by both swimmers and parents.

The objective of the day was not only to pass on high standards of skills and behaviours to the swimmers that can be taken back to their home programmes but also to develop the skills and knowledge of the support staff of coaches and team managers. British Swimming very much see these days as the first step along the development pathway of both swimmers and support staff. Two further talent days with the same swimmers and support staff is planned for July and October.


Newton Abbot Waterpolo Club claims national title

Newton Abbot Under 17 girls’ Waterpolo team followed up last year’s Under 15s to win the 2018 National title.

Newton Abbot defeated a strong London Otter side 9-6 to take the title in front of a full house at the Manchester Aquatic Centre last weekend. Otter, who beat the Devon side 2 years ago to take the under 15 title could not match the speed, power and superior technique of the Newton side.
The improvement in the Newton Abbot team shocked the opposition throughout this year’s competition.  The players and team improved throughout the rounds and although not having lost a game in the qualifying rounds still went into finals weekend as underdogs for the title.

The Newton team sent a strong message to the other semi finalists with a convincing win over Cheltenham in the semi-finals, whilst in the other semi-final round Otter beat a strong Tyldesley team.

The final took place on Sunday with London Otter at full strength with five England players in their starting seven. Newton took an early lead which they held to half time in a very tight first half. In the third quarter Otter came back to lead the game 6-5 for the first time. Going into the final quarter the  Newton coaches refocused the team on their defensive structure and the transition in to offence.

This resulted in Newton Abbot scoring four unanswered goals in the last quarter to take the title 9-6.

Coaches Sue Webb and Phil Shears were delighted with the team’s performance and the national title, and joined players in the pool as the final whistle blew.

Phil said: “It is impossible to single out any one individual as all 12 players were outstanding throughout the competition. The support and encouragement they gave each other was incredible and proved invaluable in the early rounds when they ground out hard fought victories against Sheffield, Rotherham and Cheltenham.

“Although South West players had been largely overlooked by the England coaching set-up, following this weekend’s competition all the Newton players have been invited to trial for the England squad in either May or June – only one of the players having been previously selected for the squad.

“As a club, Newton Abbot has been building towards this for four years, and the support of sponsors three years ago allowed the club to invest in the players and enter the competitions. Special thanks must go to Ian Woolley IW dental laboratories, Centrax Gas Turbines and Ian Manley of SafeMark Roadmarking Limited, without whose support we would never have achieved the national titles.”

Regional Masters

Congratulations to Kalon Veale of Totnes SC, the winner of the Regional Masters Trophy for 2017. Kalon scored 6240 points to take 10th slot in the National Decathlon competition.
Totnes men’s team consisting of Kalon, Levin and Simon Veale and Dan John also had a successful year nationally, coming second in the men’s team event.