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Welcome to our Club Water Polo News for November -

October was another busy month as the British Water Polo League swung into full action. Also this month four of our clubs have been competing in the LEN Challenger Cup after qualifying for the event given their ranking in the BWPL Super Five competition.

City of Manchester women’s team headed out to Novi Sad in Serbia to compete in the initial round of the Challenger Cup. They faced high quality opposition playing against the local Serbian team, Vojvodina, two Croatian teams VK Jadran and ŽAVK Mladost, and Turkish team ODTU Sport Club. The tough schedule saw Manchester play 4 games in 3 days and the team did well beating ODTU Sport Club (17-5) but they unfortunately lost to the other European teams.

City of Manchester

Otter’s senior women also qualified and they travelled to Burgas in Bulgaria for their round. They played Sirens ASC Malta, Clube Fluvial Portuenese and ZVK Crvena Zvezda.

Otter in Bulgaria

Unfortunately, none of our women’s teams progress to the next round, but no doubt the teams learnt a lot and it has been great seeing our clubs competing on the European stage once again.

In the Men’s Challenger Cup, City of Manchester travelled to Mouscron in Belgium where they suffered narrow defeats to Royal Dauphins Mouscronnois 16-14 and Carouge Nahonal 11-10 and strong wins against VK Banja Luka 23 – 7 and ODTU Sport Club 13-8.

Polytechnic travelled to Porto in Portugal where they lost to KVP Novaky 8-11 and Galatasaray SK 17-8 but defeated ODTU Sport Club 8-13.

Poly in Porto

Back in England, it has been a busy month of BWPL competition. In Men’s Division 1 Welsh Wanderers and City of Manchester sit at the top of the leader board with 4 points each. City of Manchester defeated Cheltenham 14-9 and Penguin 8-17.

In Men’s Division 2, Exeter has had a strong start to the season after victories against Watford 13-18 and a close match against Portobello which finished 14-15 in their favour. Exeter sit at the top of the table with 4 points.

In Men’s Division 3 Sedgefield and Worthing each have 9 points. Sedgefield beat Croydon 12-28 and drew with Worthing 11 all. They were in commanding form against Otter in a match they won 5-20. They also defeated Castlefield 6-12 and Cheltenham Spartans 6-22.

Worthing beat Castlefield 6-11, Manchester Hawks 5-15 and Croydon 9-14 and Rotherham Metro 5-13.

In Men’s Division 4 Birmingham and Bridgefield are both at the top of the table with 8 points each.

The British Army playing in Div 4

In Women’s Division 1 City of Manchester are in good form and sit at the top of the table after 2 weekends of play with 10 points. They defeated Coventry 20-6, Otter 22-7, Liverpool Lizards 12-6, Sheffield Sharks 18-8 and Cheltenham 24-5. Liverpool Lizards are second in the rankings with 8 points.

City of Manchester Comets top Women’s Division 2 with 8 points having won all their games. They defeated City of Bristol 5-9, had a very close match against Mid Sussex Marlins but came through winning 11-12. They then beat Rotherham Metro 6-9 and Exeter 6-8.

City of Manchester Comets

Exeter also have 8 points but have played an extra game. Exeter beat Tyldesley 7-10, Liverpool Liverbirds 12-9, Mid Sussex Marlins 9-4, City of Bristol 11-7 and lost to Manchester Comets 6-8.

City of Bristol playing in Division 2

Watford are top of the table with 8 points in Women’s Division 3 having won all 4 of their matches. They have defeated Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth 13-12, Caledonia 11-14, Southampton 14-8 and Solihull 18-1.

There is more BWPL action to look forward to in November.

Also this month Hitchin Water Polo wrapped up their 2023 season with a match against Spalding Water Polo Club. Time for some training now before they start up their season in 2024.

Hitchin v Spalding

Finally, many congratulations to City of Sheffield who been announced as the swim England NE club of the year and Gabby Williams as the NE coach of the year and are both now national finalists. Fantastic!

Well done Gabby!

That’s it for this month’s round up of club news. We are always happy to publicise news from clubs around England so if you have any news you would like to share, please let us know by emailing









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