Beth off to Azerbaijan
31 March 2015
Beth Ward, our GB U17 Ladies Water Polo player is to travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, in June with the rest of the team to take part in the European Games.
The GB team qualified for the games in Nice recently, coming second in a qualifying group consisting of France, Switzerland, Portugal and Czechoslovakia, only losing to the French.
The Water Polo tournament for the European Games runs from the 12-20 June in Baku and will feature the top twelve female and male teams in Europe.
It was a busy build-up to the qualifying tournament for Beth, since the February half term she has represented the South West region in the ASA Inter-regional championships in Walsall, where she was voted the team's most valuable player, she then went to Germany with the GB squad for a training camp, followed, a week later, by a four-nation tournament in Slovakia.
In parallel to her GB campaign, she has helped our Ladies team to secure fourth place in Division Three of the British Water Polo Ladies League, win both the Devon County Ladies Water Polo League and knockout cup for the second successive time and commence its campaign in the Bristol & West Ladies League with an emphatic win over Devon rivals Exeter.
2015 Schools Gala - A Fantastic Celebration
5 March 2015
By Robert Coleman
Our 2015 Schools Gala was another fantastic celebration of swimming, with the enthusiasm of both parents and children creating another great atmosphere at what is an undoubted highlight in our calendar.
The first schools up were the primary schools (Boringdon, Compton, Goosewell, Kings School, St. Georges, Stoke Damerel, Stowford, Woodford and Yealmstone Farm), with the events swum in two heats and a final. In the primary girls' event Stowford 1 were clear winners, with Stowford 2 just pipping Compton for Silver. The primary boys' event was also keenly contested, with Boringdon winning gold ahead of Compton and Stowford.
Next up were the senior schools, and this year there was a new category for 11-13 year olds, and new silverware. The new shield for the boys' event was donated by the Old Suttonian Association, while the trophy for the girls' event was donated by the Plymouth Ski Centre. The schools that competed were Devonport High School for Girls, Hele, Ivybridge and Stoke Damerel. The first winners of the Sutton High Memorial Shield for the boys race were Ivybridge 1, with Hele and Ivybridge claiming silver and bronze respectively. The winners of the girls race, and therefore the first winners of the Plymouth Ski Centre Trophy, were Ivybridge 2, who were followed home by Devonport High and Ivybridge 1.
The final two events were the senior events with Devonport High, Ivybridge and Plymouth College competing in the girls' race and Ivybridge and Plymouth College in the boys' race. Both races were swum as straight finals. The girls' event was another close race with Plymouth College 2 edging out Plymouth College 1 and Devonport High. In the senior boys' event, probably the closest race of the day, Plymouth College 2 finished just ahead of Plymouth College 1 and Ivybridge.
A huge Thank You goes to all of the swimmers, parents and volunteers who made this another excellent evening of entertainment.
All of the races were filmed, click here if you wish to relive the excitement of the evening.
Masters Impress at Caradon Meet
13 February 2015
Devonport Royal Masters swim team have made an impressive start to the 2015 swimming calendar by taking the Top Male, Top Female and Top Club award at the Caradon Masters and Senior meet held in Saltash last weekend.
Devonport won the Top Club award by an impressive 258 points ahead of second placed Caradon who scored 130. Devonport saw their largest Masters team race, with a total of 15 swimmers aged 18 to 68. In total Devonport took a total of 42 gold medals, including the Men's 120-159 Combined Age Group Freestyle and Medal Relay, Mixed 72-99 Combined Age Group Freestyle and Medal Relay and Mixed 160-199 Combined Age Group Freestyle and Medal Relay.
Top Female, Rebekah James, 20, won an impressive 9 gold medals including the 200m Butterfly that she completed immediately following her victory in the 100m Breaststroke.
The Top Male award was awarded to David Manning, 62, who was competing in his first competitive competition as a Devonport Royal swimmer. David won a total of 8 gold medals, including the 50m Freestyle where he just edged out teammate Paul Russell, 63 to take the gold in the Men's 60-64 category in a time of 32.72.
The 50m Men's Freestyle races also featured a close battle between teammates, Tyran Botha, 33, Terence Li, 22 and Jason Quiterio, 30, with Tyran taking the gold in the 30-34 category in a time of 26.63 and Terence Li taking gold in the 18-24 category in a time of 26.75.
Joining the impressive medal collection was Michelle Chopra, 35, who took a total of 4 gold medals. The competition also marked the return to swimming for former Plymouth Leander and Combined Services swimmer, Danny McSweeney, 29, who finished 4th in the Top Male competition and bagged an impressive total of 6 gold medals, including a gold in the Men's 25-29 category for the 50m Breaststroke that saw him narrowly beat teammate and the Devon County 100m Breaststroke silver medalist Rob Will. Speaking after his first race, Danny said, "it was a really well run event, with a great atmosphere, especially between the Devonport team."
The Devonport Masters team, sponsored by Bowden Physio, have gradually grown in size and strength over the past year under the experienced guidance of John Wright. John feels that "it is through the hard work in training that the team confidence to compete has grown." The Masters squad, who train three times a week at the Life Center, are now focusing on their next competition in April at Gloucester where they will be hoping to improve on some impressive results and times from this weekend.
Photo from left to right: David Smith, Jason Quiterio, Paul Russell, Michelle Chorpa, Rachel Ward, Rebekah James, André Roberts, Terence Li, Darren Green, Rob Will, John Wright (coach), Tyran Botha, David Manning, Danny McSweeney, Andrew Keller and Denise Ward.
It would be great if we could show some support for a local club and its quite close. There are individual races and relays, if you are interested Ty will have some entry form on the pool side, the completed entry forms and monies are to be given to Sara Bossom and the club will do the entries. If we could have the entries back by Monday 15 December that would be great.
Please note: No swimmers are to enter direct through the Caradon website all entries are to go through Sara and the club.
Hope to see you all there
Annual Membership Renewal
9 December 2014
Members are reminded that they need to renew their membership of the Association in January, in order to continue participating in our sessions.Membership of the Association is not covered by the Standing Order payments you make for session fees.If you joined us from September 2014, then it is likely that your membership will not need renewing until January 2016, if you are unsure, please contact us.The majority of the Annual Membership Fee that you pay goes to the Amateur Swimming Association for registration purposes, and the remainder is used by the Association for running costs.You should renew your Membership by FULLY completing the Membership Form AND parental consent, which are available to download from the Join us page. Please pay the appropriate fee, by cheque or cash to Roger Bossom or Denise Ward. Cheques should be made payable to D R S A. If you need to email either then there email address are:
Your membership MUST be renewed by the 31 January, 2015, failure to do so and you will be stopped from attending sessions.The Gen Sec, Paul Russell will be taking registers and does not want to stop any swimmer, especially a child, from entering the water in February but will have no choice.
Pushing for Promotion
3 November 2014
As reported by the Plymouth Herald
DEVONPORT Royal's Ladies sit in third place in the British Water Polo League in good shape for a promotion push after the latest round of results at Marlborough College.
The city side are handily-placed in Division Three of the British League after defeating Southampton but losing narrowly to second-top City of Birmingham in their first fixture on Saturday.
Owing to traffic pressures on the M5, Devonport only arrived at Marlborough 15 minutes before they were due in the pool to face high-flying Birmingham.
But the Royals showed little sign of road-weariness and started the game with gusto.
Two goals each from Angie Galea and Rachel Ward, plus a single strike from Jordan Parsons put Devonport 5-4 ahead at the end of the first period.
Royals continued in similar vein in the second period with further goals from Ward and Parsons, but Birmingham fought back and by half-time the scores were 7-7.
After the break Devonport pulled away from Birmingham again and by the end of the period, with further goals from Galea, Ward and Parsons, led the West Midlands outfit 10-8.
Royals increased their lead to 11-8 courtesy of a Galea goal in the fourth before Birmingham rallied to level the score at 11-11 with just 30 seconds left on the clock.
Despite their best efforts to net another, Royals could not put the match to bed as Birmingham rode their luck thanks to their goalkeeper and to the woodwork.
The tie was decided with two seconds remaining on the clock, when a defensive error allowed Birmingham to score and win by a single goal.
Devonport, having shaken off their disappointment of the first game, went off like a train against Sunday's opponents Southampton.
They sped into a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period courtesy of goals from Robyn Greenslade, Galea and Ward and carried on in that fashion in the next phase, with further goals from Galea taking Devonport into a 5-2 lead at the halfway stage.
Galea scored two more and improved Royals' winning margin to 7-3 at the end of the third period.
The final session saw Southampton rally and net four times, but Royals were in no mood to succumb to pressure and they hit back with four goals themselves from their Great Britain Under-17 international Ward.
The victory marks the end of the first phase of the British Water Polo League campaign.
Devonport play again in November at Basingstoke when the lower teams from Division Two and the top teams from Division Three contest play-offs to decide promotion and relegation.
Devonport are well placed to do well in the play-offs, an entirely different scenario to last season when Devonport were next to bottom.
Successful Defence of Mini Water Polo Title
22 October 2014The Paignton Festival of Mini Water Polo has become a firm fixture in the local water polo calendar and is one that our mini polo players and coaches look forward to months in advance.
We again entered three teams, the Destroyers, Dolphins and Dragons, while hosts Paignton and Newton Abbot entered three and two teams respectively.
This is the third time in the last four years that Devonport has won this tournament, with Devonport's Destroyers being pushed this year all the way by Newton Abbot, eventually winning the tournament with a very impressive goal difference.
There were some outstanding team performances on the day, and Devonport's coaching team on the day, Rob and Liam (Destroyers), Tom (Dragons) and Connie and Zoe (Dolphins) were very proud of their teams. The Dolphins deserve a special mention as this is the first time that our youngest team has won a match at this tournament, scoring with just seconds to spare to record a 2-1 win against Paignton's youngest team.
Dolphins coach Zoe: "This is the first time many of the players have played in a tournament like this and they did very well, especially against the more experienced teams. They were led by their captain Eva who scored numerous goals throughout the day. Ben and Tom stepped up as the team's goalkeepers and both made some brilliant saves. Sophie, Evie, Willow and Charlie were also key players as they all were finding space and creating great goal-scoring opportunities. The team worked very well together and everyone played their part. They should all be very proud of their performance. We hope to return next year as a stronger team and will be a force to be reckoned with."
Destroyers coach Rob: "Although we won the tournament on goal difference scoring a hatful of goals, the highlight for me was the quality of mini polo we played. In the opening match, against the eventual runners-up Newton Abbot, we adopted a diamond formation with Rhys in goal, Jessica as central defender/playmaker, captain Jasmin on the left wing, James on the right and Asa as centre forward. We played some eye-catching mini polo, racing into a 3-1 lead with goals from James, Jasmin and Jessica. However, as well as being talented, Newton Abbot are also stubborn opposition and denied us victory with two fantastic shots from distance that our onlooking senior water polo players would have struggled to save. Despite losing a two-goal advantage, I was delighted with our performance. I do not believe that I will ever see a better game of mini polo. I was also delighted with the performances of Lily, Abbie and Craig, who were asked to be patient in the first match and to watch and learn the team's formation. When they were called upon they did not disappoint, keeping the same diamond formation and contributing fully to the tournament victory."
The Dragons can be pleased that they were one of only two teams to score against the Destroyers, with Adam (a better finish you will not see) and Max both finding the back of the Destroyers' net in a keenly contested match against their older and more powerful opponents.
The MVP awards went to Jessica Garrad (Destroyers), Adam Greep (Dragons) and Phoebe Stentiford (Dolphins).
Arena League - Round 1
13 October 2014
By Harrrison Carrick, Boys Captain
We travelled to Bristol on Saturday the 11th of October for round one of the Arena League Competition, completing this round of the competition with a 5th place finish. We started the gala with a slight disadvantage having 20 points deducted due to a late entry and no official available. Despite this, the team were well motivated and keen to do as well as possible with a number of notable performances including from James Allinson in his 100 metre fly individual race where he finished first by a considerable margin, Jess Manning winning her individual 100 metre butterfly and the boys 16 and over medley relay finishing 3rd despite the tough competition. Another positive aspect of the event was the support the whole team gave to their team mates whilst racing; this undoubtedly gave an extra edge to some great performances.
We must now look forward to the next event, get some serious training in and ensure we populate the races more fully to compete on a more equal basis with all the teams - I'm confident if we do we can rise up through the ranks!
Medals at Millfield Long Course Masters Meet
13 October 2014
Our swimmers at the recent Millfield Long Course Masters Meet came up trumps, with Jason Quiterio and TeRence Li securing gold and silver medals in their respective age groups, although it could have been even better as Devon masters champion Michelle Chorpa had to pull out of the competition through illness.
"It was great to swim at Millfield again - I haven't been back there to swim for over 12 years," said Quiterio, who finished first in his age group (25-29 years) gaining two gold medals, while Li secured two silvers (18-24 years). "I've taken half a second off my 50m freestyle personal best since June which is pleasing. My focus will now be geared towards the British long course Masters next year. And I'm pleased to announce that we will have two of our masters swimmers competing at the nationals in a couple of weeks' time. They are Rob Will and Hannah Ball and we wish them both the best of luck."
Ladies' Nerves of Steel Tested to the Limit
3 October 2014
The second weekend of Devonport Ladies' British Water Polo League season saw them again return to the City of Steel, Sheffield. It was to prove to be a major test of Devonport's endurance.
Their first game of the weekend against Sunderland saw Devonport soon take command, with two goals from their captain, Rebecca Carling, and one from their GB U17 player Beth Ward. Sunderland did however pull back, and at the end of the first period Devonport's lead was only 3-2.
The second and third periods proved to be decisive for Devonport and they rattled in ten goals with Rachel Ward, Caitlin O'Malley, Robyn Greenslade, Connie McGregor, Rebecca Carling and Beth Ward all hitting the back of the net. The final period saw Devonport keep up the pressure on Sunderland with a further two goals from Lucy Greenstreet and Connie McGregor, while Sunderland scored twice in this period. The final score was 15-5 to Devonport.Their second game was against top of the table English Roses, a side containing many former GB International players. Devonport started well, took the game to the Roses, and scored through Rachel Ward and Connie McGregor, the end of the first period saw Devonport in the lead by 2-1. This was the first time in the season that the Roses were behind. They continued to play well at the start of the second period, but the Roses' experience was soon to show, and they scored five goals to which Devonport were unable to reply.
After the half-time break, Devonport revived themselves and scored three more goals, two from Rachel Ward, and one from Connie McGregor, with the Roses only managing to score once. Going into the last period, with the score 7-5, in favour of the Roses, it was anyone's game, and Devonport continued to take the game to the Roses, but it was not to be Devonport's day, as the Roses' greater experience showed, and they scored three times, without reply. The final score was
10-5 in favour of the Roses.
Devonport can be very pleased with their performance against the Roses, they came the closest yet to beating them.
Devonport are now in third place in division three of the British Water Polo League, and travel to Marlborough in Wiltshire, in mid October for the next tournament.
Great Start by our Ladies Water Polo Team
16 September 2014
Our Ladies team travelled to Sheffield last weekend for the first tournament of six in the current British Water Polo League season. Despite a slow start, no doubt the effects of a six-hour journey, the team eventually got into their stride against London Polytechnic, winning by 11 goals to 6.
On Sunday, they were fired up for the second game of the weekend, this time against Iceni from Norwich. Our Ladies were quick off the mark and were soon scoring goals, winning 28 - 6.It was a good team performance by our Ladies and they showed the progress they have made in the past year. They are now looking forward to their next weekend, again in Sheffield, at the end of the month.
Duo Impress at County Masters Event
14 September 2014
Michelle Chopra and Rob Will bagged a magnificent seven medals between them at the Devon County Masters Swimming competition staged at Tiverton. Chopra, who was racing in the women's 30-34 year age group and making her competitive comeback after an absence of seven years, claimed two gold medals in the 50m and 200m freestyle. Will, meanwhile, weighed in with four golds and a silver medal in the men's 35-39 age group category.Will's county CV reads first in the 50m breaststroke (33:60secs), the 100m IM (1:11.10), 100m breaststroke 1:16.73 and 50 freestyle (27.74). His silver medal came in the 50m butterfly where he recorded a time of 30.94 seconds. Will was, unsurprisingly, delighted with his performance and the event and venue. "The Devon County event is a perfect meeting for swimmers who haven't raced in a while," said the former Port of Plymouth athlete. "It has a relaxed atmosphere and the standard is very mixed, so there is no need to be afraid of being left behind."Chopra, who only joined Devonport Royal SA back in April after previously competing for Barnstaple, added: "The event was great, it was well organised and run in a friendly atmosphere. "It was good to get back into racing after seven years out. I have missed it immensely." Chopra will now be focusing on preparing for the South West Masters at the end of September in the long course (50m pool), at Millfield School, in Somerset. She will be joined there by team-mates Jason Quiterio and Terence Li."The South West Masters event is likely to be the final one of the year for the team," said Quiterio. "Some of the swimmers may compete in the short course championship, in Sheffield, but the distance and a small racing team make it an expensive event. "Next year we are hoping more of the squad will step back into racing and help the squad grow."The masters squad train three times a week at the Life Centre and are trained by John Wright. Wright has worked with the masters at Devonport for the past 14 months has said he loves working with the Masters at Devonport. "They have a good mixture of swimmers from a wide standard, from developing their technique, to swimming for fitness up to National standard," he said.
Devonport Royal impress at British Masters
2 July 2014
As reported by the Plymouth Herald
DEVONPORT Royal Swimming Association team of Jason Quiterio, Masai Zebechaka, Terence Li and James Edmonds returned with a bunch of medals won at the British Masters Long Course Championships in South Wales.
There were a number of individual first places and second places at the Swansea-staged tournament, and the Plymouth quartet can count themselves as unlucky at being denied a silver medal in the relay.
Devonport had clocked one minute, 42.66 seconds in their 200m freestyle relay behind winners, Totnes, who, too were later disqualified for a technical breach of a little-known condition of entry.
But if they were disappointed at being kicked out of the relays - along with several other teams on the day - Quiterio said they were otherwise absolutely thrilled with their performances.
Quiterio, who also skippers Devonport men's water polo team, said: "We had a few firsts and also a new British record in one of the events, so it was a really good meeting for us.
"The British Masters is great for allowing guys like us who just want to keep swimming and competing to do so and flourish.
"Yes, we were more than a bit upset when our relay silver was taken away from us, but it also happened to a few other teams, too, so we weren't alone.
"British Swimming were forced to release a statement seeking to explain the condition which states that all relay members must be registered individually onto the meet database.
"It's a real shame and in our view, not really in the spirit of the sport, but we're not letting it spoil what was a good day for us."
The controversial expulsion centred around the registration of James Edmonds.
Edmonds had made a splash in his individual races in the 25-29 age category, winning four gold medals for Devonport.
He was first in the 50m breaststroke (31.45), a winner in the 200m backstroke in 2:14.71, and also prevailed in the 100m backstroke event (1:00.43) and 50m backstroke (28.59).
Jamaica sprint swim champion and record holder, Zebechaka (35-39 age category), set a new meet record and took first place in the 50m backstroke (28.51), picked up gold in the 50m butterfly (25.89) and was runner-up in the 50m freestyle (24.98).
City of Plymouth University student Terence Li came seventh (59.97), 12th (27.05) and seventh again (28.99), in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, respectively.
Former Coombe Dean student and now Notre Dame teacher, Quiterio, scrapping it out in the 25 to 29 year age category, gained respectable times and placings in the 50m freestyle (10th and 28.03), and eighth in the 50m butterfly (29.81).
Devon County Sprint Gala
17 May 2014
By Terence Li and Robert Coleman
On 5 April our team competed in the Devon Sprint Gala at Plymouth Life Centre.
There were fine performances from all of the swimmers, including medal-winning performances, with Jamie Bailey, Terence Lee and Jasmin Coleman claiming top spot in their respective age groups.
Jamie Bailey claimed 3 Golds (Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle) and 1 Silver with 4 massive pbs, especially in the 50m Freestyle (27.12), while Terence Li won all four sprint events in his age group with 3 pbs on his birthday. Among our girls, Jasmin Coleman claimed overall first place in her age group, winning Gold in the Breaststroke and Butterfly and Bronze in the Freestyle and Backstroke, while Louise Lecointe claimed a Bronze in the Freestyle.All of the team members from the junior squad did well and have a bright future in DRSA.Click here to view the full results on the Devon County ASA website.