A really shakey start that began way before any of us were in Speedos.
Xavier Giammattei, the Orca bus driver, ferrying 4 very-needed-players had a flat tire. We’d only just managed to scramble enough players to field a team so this looked like the end.
Amazingly, Xavier rallied the troops and five Orcas put that Soho gym muscle to good use. They lifted the car off the road and held it in mid-air while Hakan's nimble Swedish fingers fixed on a new tire.
The Eastern Otters are my favourite team to play. They’ve got one of the best pools in the league. The Russian water polo team used it while training for the Olympics. 6 lifeguards set up the full regulation-size pitch which was flood-lit, and backed by nets behind the goals. A far-cry from Porchester, and alone worth the travel out to play some ‘proper’ water polo.
The game itself should have been a fairytale. In defence they dropped the whole time. Just what we’ve been practising for the last 4 ULU training sessions. Naturally we seem to just sit back into a casual game of hot potato but moving into the second quarter we started to break the drop. How?
+ Get the ball to the man who’s being dropped-off. Anticipate receiving the ball and get a good angle on goal.
+ With the ball, kick hard, dummy, be a threat and close the space between you and the goal. Shoot if they don’t press.
+ Pass into pit if another man hasn’t dropped to cover their pit.
+ Drive like we practised last Saturday
- Never pass into pit if they have 2 defenders marking our pit player.
Game highlights were:
Karl Hakan Nordgren One of our newer players playing a great drop-defence and shutting down their pit player.
Thomas Jibogun Getting 2 lovely goals, 1 of which crept in just before the closing whistle.
Oliver Camerino An Orca from the Beginner Sessions and possibly our first ever London League supporter?
Darren: Our newest Orca. Rumour has it he spent the last two days passed out on our goalie, Jeremy's Beer Pong table. Not only did he put in a great performance in goal, saving a penalty, but he also ended the game in pit. (Versatile perhaps?)
Our other 2 goals coming from your lovely committee members, Cpt. Morgan (booyah) and John Sadler bringing the game to an OK close at 11-4.
- London Orca are the friendliest and most fabulous of all Water Polo Teams