6Oct/17

U/16 Club Nationals, Done & Dusted for 2017

MC Boys U/16

The trip got off to an unexpected beginning with the Virgin flight to Sydney being cancelled. The opportunity for team bonding presented itself and the athletes, coach and manager spent the day at Airport West Shopping Centre taking in a film and trying their hardest to use up the food vouchers provided by Virgin. Despite the delay and even though flagging a little with a late arrival into Sydney, the accommodation, well stocked with food due to the online grocery delivery was enough to lift everyone’s spirits. The athletes were keen to get right into the competition and stoically faced up to the top seed team UWA City Beach Bears for their first game. Fiercely determined the scores stayed low, MC showing grit and focus. Athletes were positive and in good form.

They played off for fifth position and finished sixth, three spots higher than their entry seeding. There was a silver lining for the 16U NCC MCWPC team with the award of Goalkeeper of the Tournament presented to a deserving Max Lowe. As always, there were many lessons learned and skills refined, with Coach and Manager satisfied on the whole with the trip and its outcomes

Max Lowe. Goalkeeper of the Tournament

 

 

 

 

 

MC Girls U/16

The girls had a very successful campaign at the NCC tournament in Hobart.

Seeded 18th, they had a very tough draw against many of the top 8 teams in the comp.

Our girls played beautifully – showing their much improved technical skills, strength, passion and heart, at the same time demonstrating that Melbourne Collegians are a team to be reckoned with.

The games where they lost were all very tight scores – against some of the best players and teams in the tournament (Drummoyne, Cronulla Blues and SNB Breakers).

The girls finished in 11th place overall, and, had the crossover been kinder, we believe could have finished top 8. In 2016 they finished 21st; against that and our seeding, it was a massive improvement.

Apart from great polo, the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves, forging closer friendships with each other and opposing teams.

This was the first time that Babis coached the girls in a national comp, and his past, vast experience and coaching skills came into play. Without his guidance and belief in the girls it could have been a very different result.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Posted: October 6, 2017
21Feb/17

Melbourne Collegians Discover Gold in Geelong!

Congratulations to all our junior players, coaches and volunteers on outstanding results in the recent Victorian Junior Club Championships in Geelong.  In a dominating display, all 6 teams across 3 age groups played in finals - winning 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.

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Results are as follows;

U12 mixed team - Silver medal losing to an all boys team from Ovens and Murray (inaugural 12 and under event winners in national titles)

U14 Girls - Gold medal win 9-4 vs Albury Tigers. Congratulations to Cassie Horne who was named named U14 goalkeeper of the tournament.

U14 Boys - Bronze medal win to MC Seals who defeated our U14 development boys team, the MC Otters 6 -2.

U16 Girls - Gold medal win 11-2 vs Richmond in convincing style.

U16 boys - Gold medal win 8-1 vs Richmond after a slow start coming from 2-1 at halftime.
Well done to Max Lowe who was named goalkeeper of the tournament.

Continue reading to view the story by Thomas Reeh (U12 coach, referee and parent) about the tournament experience of our U12 mixed team which sums up the spirit of Melbourne Collegians players beautifully…...

Posted: February 21, 2017
3Dec/16

MC Holiday WP Clinics

1X0A0563The club will be running a series of water polo clinics over the December/January holiday break, run by head coach Slobo Macic. The clinics are open to athletes playing in grades Under 12 to Under 18 in WPV competition or school programs. Please see the attached flyer for further information. Get in quick to secure your spot!

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Posted: December 3, 2016
3Oct/16

Under 16 National Champs Report

Great success at 2016 Under 16 National Club Championships

The Club was well represented at the recent Under 16 National Club Championships in both the Girls (Hobart) and the Boys (Brisbane) events.

The Girls team (Marlins) coached by Alli Van Omen and managed by Ange Biviano improved steadily through the Tournament winning the Shield final against Tasmania 7-2. This was a strong team orientated victory to round off a successful week.

We had some excellent wins and also some close losses against much higher ranked opposition through the week. The girls significantly improved on their ranking by the end of the Tournament. This was a wonderful effort and is a big step forward for our Junior Girls development.

Posted: October 3, 2016