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Peak performance for Penrith Canoe Polo

Penrith Division 4 team, L-R: Jack Dunn, Katie Farley, Tim Mather, Chris Archer and Dan Farley Photo by Hugh Haynes
Penrith Division 4 team, L-R: Jack Dunn, Katie Farley, Tim Mather, Chris Archer and Dan Farley Photo by Hugh Haynes

[T]he weekend saw the final National Division 4 North tournament of the winter season for Penrith Canoe Polo team.

Up until this weekend the form had been relatively poor compared to past seasons. However, with the final tournament, ironically, came the best performances of the season. Out of the 3 games, Penrith won convincingly 2 of them, losing only to the unbeaten league leaders.

The first game was a tough one against a well organised Lancaster University team and despite a slow first half Penrith brought it back in the second half, dominating possession and taking a 3-2 win with goals from Jack Dunn (2) and Katie Farley (1).

The second game against Pennine was the toughest, arguably of the year. A very well organised club, Pennine simply shut Penrith down, not allowing them to play and as such this resulted in a 3-0 loss. It was albeit disappointing, but nevertheless a lesson learnt.

The final game of the season was against Manchester Wildcatz B and it was in this game where Penrith really peaked, smashing them 7-1.

Playing a more aggressive formation, possession was dominated by Penrith and Wildcatz were constantly caught on the break allowing for goals from Jack (3), Katie (2) and Chris Archer (2).

It was a shame Penrith couldn’t have hit this form earlier in the season, as this would have allowed a higher finish for the team, as opposed to 6th place. However, positives will be taken from the weekend and carried on into the Liverpool International Tournament on the 4th/5th of June, when the really exciting time of the year for canoe polo begins!

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