British Water Polo League Division 3 – Weekend 1.

In our first season in the British Water Polo League – BWPL – our Senior Water Polo Team had a great start to their league campaign in a fantastic weekend of water polo in Sheffield.

Watford 10 v 10 KKASC

In a closely fought 1st Quarter, Watford edged it 2-1. Watford turned it up a notch in the 2nd Quarter to take a 6-3 lead. With Macdonald, Arbus and Cornaglia all scoring in the 3rd Quarter and Simons saving two penalties, KKASC took the lead for the first time at 7-8. KKASC scored first in the 4th Quarter to take a 7-9 lead, however Watford rallied late to score three unanswered goals to retake the lead 10-9 with 2 minutes left on the clock. Smith drove up the right side just 17 secs later to score a late equaliser to finish the game at 10-10.

Solihull 4 v 26 KKASC

The team had an early start on Sunday playing Solihull at 10:00 and they played at speed right from the start of the game taking the 1st Quarter 1-6. The 2nd Quarter was pretty much the same with strong defence and fast counter attacking. KKASC lead at half time 3-12. The 3rd Quarter was pretty much the same script with KKASC added another 8 goals to lead 4-20. The most exciting play of the match was at the end of the 3rd Quarter when Watford had a player excluded from the game and KKASC called a Time Out with just 13 seconds left on the clock. KKASC played the ball around the arc skillfully scoring with just 1 second on the clock. In the 4th Quarter KKASC scored another 6 unanswered goals to win the game 4-26.

At the end of the first weekend KKASC are sitting in second place in the league table and are looking forward to the next two weekends of British League matches.

KKASC win the West Cup

Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth ASC Senior Women’s team won the West Cup with a 28-6 win over Western.

KKASC took a while to get going but once they found their shooting range they took the quarter 5-3. The second quarter was evens at 3-3 and then KKASC opened up the match in the third and fourth quarter with fast counter attacking and tremendous team play and with such a strong defense that Western were unable to score in the second half of the match with KKASC taking the third and fourth quarters 10-0 and 10-0.

KKASC U17 progress to Scottish Championship Final

The Under 17 Women’s team progressed through to the final of the Scottish Water Polo Cup final with a 33-11 win over Warrender in the semi-final.
All members of the out field team scored at least one goal. The team also put in a strong defensive performance.

KKASC Qualify for the British Water Polo League

Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth ASC team have qualified for the BWPL Division 3 Season 2022/23

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.

Warrender U19 6 v 16 KKASC U19

The Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth ASC Under 19 Women water polo team travelled to the Royal Commonwealth Pool on Friday to play the Warrender Under 19 team in their last game in the Scottish Under 19 Water Polo League.

In a close 1st quarter KKASC edged ahead with a 1-2 lead. KKASC took more control in the second quarter to lead 3-6 at half time. With two very strong second half quarters 2-5 and 1-5, KKASC closed the match out with a 6-16 win.

With two wins and a loss in the league it is likely that KKASC will finish the season in second place.