Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth ASC Water Polo team qualified for Division 3 of the British Water Polo League becoming the only club side in Scotland in the women’s league. A very young KKASC team with an average age of 17 years old made their way through the qualifying matches to finish second in the group to secure a place in the British Water Polo League for season 2022/23.
The first game of the weekend was a very close match where the women drew 4-4 with Manchester Comets, with Manchester scoring in the last 28 seconds of the game. With the team knowing that a win in the second game would put them in a strong position for day two, they defeated Solihull 4-2, to finish Saturday joint leaders overnight.
The Sunday morning proved interesting when KKASC met bottom of the table Liverpool, with Liverpool and KKASC both defending strongly, however both team failed to make much headway in attack and the match finished 1-0 to Liverpool.
In the final match, KKASC required a win over Sunderland to gain promotion. While Sunderland were sitting near the bottom of the table with one win, they had still been scoring heavily in their matches and the final match was to be no exception. Both teams exchanged goals throughout the match and Sunderland took a late lead with 3:45 left in the game at 6-7. Kirkintilloch then scored three unanswered goals from Kirkwood, Macdonald and Kotkova to secure the win 9-7 and finish the qualifying tournament in second place.
A delighted KKASC coach, Nico Fenu praised his players for their effort, “The women have worked very hard in training to bring their play up to the British Water Polo League level and we are all very proud of the efforts of our very young team, now the work begins to make an impact on Division 3.”
The team will begin their British Water Polo League campaign in September this year.