League title secured with a game to spare for Solihull's water polo squad - The Solihull Observer

League title secured with a game to spare for Solihull's water polo squad

Solihull Editorial 14th Apr, 2018   0

SOLIHULL clinched the British League Division One title with a game to spare after defeating Manchester 7-6.

It completes a remarkable journey for the men’s team after they first entered the league in 2012.

They initially started in Division Five but gained successive promotion to Division One where they finished third last year.

The team is still relatively young with around half of the players being 21 and under.

These include 19-year-old Matt Madden who captains the Great Britain under-19 team.

There is also plenty of experience in the side highlighted by Jake Vincent who represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Madden and Vincent alongside Ryan Padbury and Jordan Elliot also recently played for England in an international match against Scotland.

As well as enjoying success at the highest level, Solihull’s junior section for boys and girls continued to thrive to ensure the next generation of players continue to come through the ranks.

Much of the credit goes to the drive of 30-year-old head coach Phil Powell whose coaching prowess has recently been recognised after being appointed as head coach for the England under-17 boys’ team.

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