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From left to right: Maisy Head, Olivia Vinter, George Li, Almos Bultar, Kate Doughty, James, Blacker, Matt Birsan, Sergio Velcherean, Felix Hirst, Ethan Wyatt.

2 Colchester teams travel to Norwich - 12th October 2022
14 October 2022

Colchester took 2 teams to play Norwich recently on the 12th October. Norwich also have a junior section and asked Colchester to field a mixed junior team for a friendly before the senior teams met in the Eastern league fixture.

Colchester fielded a team of 10 juniors ranging from the age of 14 to 17. The game began as a tight affair with the first quarter being drawn 2-2. Colchester’s goals came from Matt Birsan and Maisy Head. Colchester had a couple of late arrivals due to the lengthy journey and by the second quarter they were up to their full squad and piled pressure on Norwich. George Li scored 3 goals and a goal a piece for Felix Hirst and Head saw Colchester build up a 7-2 lead at half time.

The third quarter showed the strength of the Colchester juniors as they held the Norwich team at bay and continued to be ruthless in front of goal. Olivia Vinter and James Blacker got on the score sheet as Li and Hirst added to their tallies in the 3rd quarter as Colchester built up a 11-4 lead going into the final quarter. Their dominance continued as Vinter scored a hat trick in the final quarter and Li and Head scored further goals. Norwich were unable to break down the resilient Colchester defence in the final quarter and Colchester ran out 16-4 winners.

Buoyed by the juniors result the seniors then set about taking on the Norwich senior team. Colchester started at a similar pace to the juniors with Ben Chapman grabbing two really quick goals at the start of the game. Norwich did respond, but Colchester managed to grab two further goals through Martin Vinter and Simon Lecomber to lead 4-2 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw Colchester build up a head of steam, Chapman added a hat trick to his tally, Matt Vinter scored 2 and further goals by Dan Himsworth and Ethan Wyatt saw Colchester build up an 11-3 lead at half time.

The second half of the game was similar in continued domination by Colchester. The defence kept Norwich at bay and allowed the attacking players to flourish in front of goal. 2 further goals from Chapman, 3 for Wyatt and one for Dan Eaton mean the final quarter began with Colchester leading 17-3. The final quarter saw goals shared by Chapman, Will Chapman, Lecomber, Wyatt and Chris Harrington to see Colchester run out comfortable winners at 22-5. Special mention to Ben Chapman who finished with 8 goals.

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From left to right back row: Martin Vinter, Matt Vinter, Harry Bumfrey, Ben Chapman, Zach Beale, Scott Ginder, Will Chapman, Adam Lecomber. Front left to right front row: Ethan Wyatt, Simon Lecomber, Simon Cooper, Duncan Wyatt (assistant coach) Dan Eaton, Jack Gibson & Keith Gibson (coach).

Colchester Mens Polo Team Compete atPonds Forge in Sheffield 8/9th October
10 October 2022

Colchester senior water polo team embarked on the long journey to Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield for their second weekend of action in the British Water Polo League. Following on from the previous weekend where they lost and won a game by a single goal they were expecting the weekend to be hard fought. On the Saturday Colchester were pitted against Radcliffe who they had previously beaten comfortably at the qualifiers back in April.

Radcliffe fielded a team with a mixture of youth and experience whilst Colchester entered the game with a full squad of 13 for the first time in the tournament and keen to increase their goal difference to stay in check with the pace setters in the league. Colchester finished the first quarter 3-1 up following goals from Zach Beale, Will Chapman and Adam Lecomber. Beale continued his good form with a further 2 goals in the second quarter whilst Lecomber and Ben Chapman added to his tally to leave Colchester 7-2 up at half time. Colchester’s defence was holding the opposition at bay, but despite the score line Colchester missed a host of opportunities to improve their lead. The third quarter epitomised this as Radcliffe came back strongly and drew the third quarter 1-1. Another goal from Lecomber the only blemish on the score. Colchester did re-group following a mixture of harsh words from coach Keith Gibson and the fact Radcliffe were tiring. Colchester piled on the pressure in the final quarter and ran out 7-1 winners following goals from Lecomber, 2 each from Ben Chapman, Beale and Ethan Wyatt. Colchester finally won 15-4 knowing they would have to perform a lot better the following day against a strong York team.

On the Sunday Colchester were forced to wait until one of the last of the days games which meant a lot of hanging around and watching other fixtures. Despite this Colchester were ready and determined to keep up the pressure on the leaders. Colchester flew out of the blocks and despite conceding the first goal, they led after the first quarter 7-2, three goals apiece for Adam Lecomber and Will Chapman plus a solitary goal for Simon Lecomber. Some of the nerves from the previous day were evident as Colchester lost the second quarter 1-0, but still had a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the second half of the match and by now York were showing signs of tiring. Colchester were able to re-group and won the third quarter 4-0 with 2 goals for Adam Lecomber and one each for Martin Vinter and Ben Chapman. York had plenty of opportunities to score, but the Colchester defence was impeccable and when it was penetrated Simon Cooper in goal made some fantastic saves. The final quarter saw Colchester run riot with another 3 goals for Adam Lecomber and one a piece for Will Chapman, Ben Chapman, Simon Lecomber and Zach Beale meant Colchester ran out 18-5 winners with their best performance of the tournament so far.

Standout performances from Colchester’s England under 19 forward Adam Lecomber who is now second in the overall scorers for the Division to date with a game in hand on others around him.

Colchester now embark on the final weekend of the season at the end of October in Watford where they face Sheffield Dolphins, Invicta and Chester. If they can win all these games they will win the league and be automatically promoted to Division 4. A fantastic achievement bearing in mind it is their first season in the competition.

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Colchester Mens Polo Team Compete at BWPL for first time ever
17 September 2022

Previously Colchester mens water polo team had participated in the play off for the 20022 British Water Polo League, despite winning all 3 games on the Saturday, they suffered 2 defeats on the Sunday and finished one place outside of qualification. However, Solihull pulled out and Colchester were promoted to compete in this year’s division 5. The team has grown in the past few years and participating in the BWPL is something all their junior members can now aspire to compete in.

The first weekend was hosted at Haberdasher’s boys school on the weekend of 17th and 18th of September and Colchester were drawn to play Avondale on the Saturday and Northampton on the Sunday. Colchester had previously beaten Avondale but suffered a heavy loss to Northampton in the play offs and were after revenge.

The first quarter against Avondale was a tight affair with both teams looking to take the early advantage. Avondale eventually scored first although Colchester were quick to reply through Adam Lecomber. Colchester conceded again and finally drew level right at the end of the quarter through Simon Lecomber.

The second quarter was just as tight although Colchester managed to secure a 5-4 lead at half time, thanks to goals from Adam Lecomber, Ethan Wyatt and Dan Eaton. There was never more than one goal between the sides as each battled for the upper hand. The final quarter began 7-7 after goals from Will Chapman and another screamer from Dan Eaton.

The final quarter was no different as end to end polo ensued as each team fought for the win. Avondale just had the upper hand as Colchester conceded on the counterattack while seeking that winning goal. Final quarter goals for Chapman and one each for the Lecomber’s were not enough to see Colchester to a winning result and the final score ended up 11-10 to Avondale. A result that could have gone either way. Adam Lecomber had a goal disallowed in the final seconds for pushing off a defender, which made the defeat even harder to take.

The Sunday saw Colchester return to Watford even more determined to secure their first win of the tournament. However, they were up against a Northampton team that had won 2 games the previous day including victory over Avondale. Colchester knew they had played well the day before and they just needed to do what they had the day before.

The game began at a fast pace as Colchester turned over Northampton’s attacks and were able to counter through Adam Lecomber who scored 2 in the first quarter, further goals by Ben Chapman and Simon Lecomber saw Colchester lead 4-2. However, Northampton fought back and won the second quarter 5-4. A further 2 goals for Adam Lecomber and two for Zac Beales saw Colchester lead 8-7 at half time.

Colchester were struggling with discipline as they fought to overcome Northants main attacking threat and although they were put under pressure, managed to overturn a number of attacks despite being a man down. Northampton did manage to get in front for the first time in the game and by end of the third quarter were leading 11-10. Goals came from Will Champan, Adam and Simon Lecomber.

The final quarter saw Colchester produce their best polo of the weekend. A total shut out in defence and a masterclass up front by Zach Beale and Adam Lecomber who both scored to leave the final score 13-12 to Colchester.

Colchester now travel to Sheffield on the 8th October for the next round of matches.

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Swim Wales Open Water Meet
25 June 2021

As competition restrictions begin to ease, Colchester Swimming Club swimmers, Charlotte Tree and Mark Milburn, travelled to South Wales to take part in the Swim Wales Open Water Meet on Saturday 19th June.

The meet at the Llandegfedd Lake, in Pontetpool, South Wales, was a selection race for the British Junior team for upcoming international races.

The race saw Boys and Girls from around the country covering an open water course around the reservoir of 5 KM or 7.5 KM depending on their age. Both Charlotte and Mark were competing in the 7.5KM races.

The field of swimmers for both races was incredibly strong, with many established open water racers taking part. Both Charlotte and Mark performed incredibly well in gruelling conditions that saw many swimmers abandon the race or not finish within the time limit, due to the cold water temperatures, and not being able to wear wetsuits.

Both races were dominated by a small group of swimmers from the start. The Colchester swimmers missed getting into the lead groups from the start, but held their respective positions well during the race. Charlotte came 20th in the Girls 16 to 17yo race, just sixteen minutes behind the winner. Mark came 11th in the Boys 16 to 17yo race, fifteen minutes behind the leading swimmers.

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Crucial co-sponsorship deal secured
18 April 2021

Swimmers and water polo players at Colchester Swimming Club are celebrating once again having secured an additional co-sponsor.

After a particularly difficult 12 months, the tide is slowly turning. Club members are beginning to return to training and Chelmsford-based Research & Development Advisors has agreed to co-sponsor the club.

Kevin Auchoybur, Managing Director at Research & Development Advisors, said: "It has been a particularly difficult year for everyone. We believe strongly that sport can help bring people together and our sponsorship of Colchester Swimming Club provides us with an ideal opportunity to play a small part in bringing the local community together again. As the club caters for swimmers and water polo players of all ages and ability we jumped at the chance to lend our support.

Kevin continued: "We were particularly impressed that the Sport England grant that the Club secured via its recent crowdfunding campaign has been used to provide free land training via Kai Fitness for its membership while they have been unable to train in the pool."

Matthew Rowe, Vice Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, who secured the sponsorship deal, added: "We are truly delighted that Research & Development Advisors have agreed to co-sponsor the Club and very much hope that this will be the start of a longstanding partnership. At our AGM in November it was clear that our priority was to work with local businesses and the wider community to raise finance and secure key partnerships. The support we have received has been truly wonderful."

Colchester Swimming Club is broad based and caters for all aspects of swimming from the 'learn to train' Academy through to Masters. Alongside competitive swimming and fitness training, the Club also has a growing water polo team.

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Colchester SC secure sponsorship
22 March 2021

Colchester Swimming Club are celebrating securing a new sponsor and, following the Government's recent announcement, are busy making preparations to return to the pool.

The DS Group, an award-winning full-service print, design and direct mail company based in Tendring, has agreed to co-sponsor the swimming club as it looks to provide much-needed financial assistance to grassroots sport.

Matthew Rowe, Vice Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, who led negotiations, said: "The last 12 months have been some of the toughest in the Club's 137-year history. The Club had just secured additional pool time and was on the brink of expanding our swimming and water polo squads across all age groups when the pandemic struck. Without the support of the wider community, firstly via our crowdfunding and then via our generous sponsors, the Club's future looked increasingly uncertain. For Allistair and the team at The DS Group to partner with our Club means the world to our members. On behalf of everyone at Colchester SC – thank you!"

Allistair Hunter, Managing Director at The DS Group, an employee-owned business, added: "When Matthew got in touch to highlight the sponsorship opportunity it presented us with an opportunity to give back to the local community. I was very impressed by the Club's energy and determination during their recent crowdfunding campaign and this partnership allows us to make a difference at grassroots level where it matters most."

Colchester Swimming Club is broad based and caters for all aspects of swimming from the 'learn to train' Academy through to Masters. Alongside competitive swimming and fitness training, the Club also has a growing water polo team.

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Colchester SC announce local sponsor
12 March 2021