WATER POLO Cheltenham win men's national title

Cheltenham beat City of Manchester 12-11 after a penalty shoot out to win their first men’s Water Polo Championships title.

The 2014 British Gas-sponsored competition at Manchester Aquatic Centre was filled with drama as Cheltenham held Super 5 winners Manchester to an 8-8 draw in normal time.

Both goalkeepers made important saves in the final quarter to take the match to penalties, which Cheltenham won 4-3.

After nine penalties the score was still tied, 11-11, until a winning goal from Adam Legge for Cheltenham, who can trace their water polo roots back to 1895.

Cheltenham keeper Sam Legge – Adam’s brother - said: “The team has worked really hard at training this year so to come here and win the British Champs is brilliant. It was a great team performance and I’m ecstatic to have saved two penalties.” 

Cheltenham's winning squad 1 S Legge 2 M Thomas 3 B Jakupovic  4 M Gerasimov 5 M Banwell 6 G Shafie 7 J Thomas 8 J Vincent 9 R Parker 10 A Laws 11 A Legge 12 D Taylor 13 J Simcox

Quarter scores Cheltenham goals first 4-2 0-2 4-0 0-4

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