Wildcatz promoted to Div 2

In a crazy turn around final tournament we managed to get the right results to steal Manchesters top spot and win the Div 3 North national polo league: with the new rules this means automatic promotion.

It was all very exciting – we only beat Manchester with a last minute lob shot of a goal.  It came down to the wire with Selkirk as well.  Definitely a very close battle for the top two positions.  It leaves Manchester to fight through the play offs to regain their Div 2 position.

Many thanks to Duncan and team for organising the league. 

Wildcatz

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Wildcatz Div 3 Polo – Tournament 2 (Stockport)

This tournament was incredible – we only had four games again but some of them were going to be the hardest games of the season (both Manchester and Selkirk were demoted Div 2 teams and we’d seen Matlock playing well in the last tournament at York).

 A pleaseant warm up against FOA helped our goal difference with a 7-0 win.  In high spirits we played our hardest game against Manchester: first half was perhaps evenly played but they piled on the pressure in the 2nd with more than one chaotic fight under our nets.  I guess this is why it was so good to sneak a beautiful goal and beat them 1-0!

Selkirk turned out to be easier than expected with a comfortable 5-2 win and then a pretty scrappy game left us  3-1 clear against Matlock (with an amusing penalty given to little Pete after he had his head slammed onto the offending players boat… :-/).

Beer and Curry were much needed – Rusholme called and we answered.  Quality, quality evening.

Irish Team Photo

 

[From left to right: Chris, Pete, Steve, Davis, Matt – this is from Irleand 2005 (I need a more recent team picture with Matt Wray on it!!)]

 

Wildcatz Div 3 Polo – Tournament 1 (York)

Apart from issues on the M62 and cocking up our first game (beaten 2-1 by White Rose) we had a pretty good first Tournament.  

 We beat Bury 2-0 (though a 3rd was disallowed through my sheer ineptitude!):

Chris’ disallowed goal.

[Wildcatz vs Bury – my disallowed goal ]

Tees was a very tough game, we spent most of it under our own nets but got a beautiful 3 pass break for Matt to score from a distance and win 1-0. 

Chris wiped out on the Sprint

[Wildcatz vs Tees – high speed collisions to win the sprint!]

Our final match we beat Kingston 2-0; it was a harder game than we expected but we finshed it in style when they tried to go 5.  A rocket pass from Mr Wray for an easy open net.

Chris and Pete

[Wildcatz vs Bury – Chris and Pete (Scally #1 and #2) working it up the pitch]

Really good tournament.  Good results.  Bring on tournament two….

 

 

Salford Quays Nightlife…

Nothing like a bit of polo training to loosen the muscles and free the mind (or freezen the fingers and deaden the senses…?).   We (Wildcatz Polo Team) are attempting to prepare for our first Tournament of the season but the team consists of people from far flung places of the North (Preston, Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester) and so training becomes sporadic.  However the hardcore few can usually be found at Burrs Country Park or Salford Quays at least once a week! – Its not even icy yet.

Chris Smith and the ever lucky No. 5

[Looking mighty fine in lucky No. 5 (for Petes sake (no pun intended) – “Sarcasm”) – Photo: Dave Goadby]