Otter stun the champions

The Otter Ladies 1st team pulled off a brilliant 9-7 victory over reigning champions Liverpool Lizards in this season's opening match of the women's Division 1 campaign at Newport Saturday.

Liverpool had led 5-3 early in the third period and then 7-5 midway through the last. Lily Turner's penalty with just over two minutes remaining cut the gap; and within another 30 seconds Holly Campbell equalised.

There were just 20 second left when Otter grabbed an 8-7 lead thanks to another Turner penalty. Campbell scored again just as the final hooter sounded.

Otter eased to a second victory on Sunday, defeating Caledonia 18-2. Seven of the goals went to Lily Turner, with Katie Cutler adding four. Left-hander Hannah Edwards scored twice in the second quarter for Caledonia but the Scots rarely threatened in attack. Otter keeper Tracey Allen added to their frustrations by saving a penalty. 

The team now have a couple of weeks off before taking on Hucknall and Coventry in Sheffield Mid October. 

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Otter U/17 are National Champions!

London Otter were out in force in the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships 2017 U17 Girls’ semi-finals, beating Tyldesley to make their way into Sundays finals. London Otter stormed their way to a second victory, of the day (with the U19s winning earlier in the morning vs Liverpool) this time thanks to their U17 squad. Katie Cutler was the top goalscorer, hitting the back of the net four times as the London side beat Tyldesley 18-3

Despite the U19’s defeat against City of Manchester earlier in the day, the younger squad kept their composure in the final defeating City of Liverpool at their opponents’ home pool to claim the Girls’ U17 National Age Group Water Polo title with a 14-7 win. Katy Cutler showed her goal scoring prowess again, with six of the team’s 14 goals.

At the end of the first quarter the scores were level. Although Otter were first to strike, scoring a point at the hands of Cutler, Liverpool matched them goal for goal.The second quarter was the game changer for the London side as they secured five points and conceded none. This gave them a comfortable lead at half time. Although City of Liverpool’s Molly Boniface-Ashton totted up four goals, Otter swam away with the game winning 14-7.

Congrats to all players who competed in the competition.

And a massive Congratulations to the Otter U/17s team on becoming National Champions again!

Otter U/19s win silver at National Age Group Champs

London Otter and City of Manchester U19 girls kicked off the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships 2017 in style besting their rivals at the atLiverpool Aquatics Centre on Saturday 1 April.

The U19 Girls’ semi-final saw last year’s champions London Otter take on City of Liverpool. These were the same teams in the 2016 U19 Girls final, in which Otter managed to take the win. It was a hotly contested match, with the score sitting 7-7 at the end of the third quarter. Each goal scored by the London side was returned by their rivals. Otter took the lead at the halfway point of the final quarter, and despite a goal from Liverpool with 47 seconds on the clock, Otter took victory, 11-10

The Girls’ U19 National Age Group Water Polo Championship final saw Manchester beat defending champions London Otter by 5-3 to take the title for 2017. Otter got off to a slow start with City of Manchester scoring four out of their five goals in the first quarter. The second quarter bore no fruit for either side, but a determined Otter side began clawing their way back into the game after half time. Goals from Cecily Turner, Katy Cutler and Poppy Mayall saw the London side closing in on their rivals’ lead. Before a final goal from Clapperton in the closing minute of the game saw Manchester secure their victory and take the title from the reigning champions.

Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the competition, and to Manchester on the win. 

Otter undefeated at the U17 National Age Group Championships.

London Otter finished top of their groups as defending champions City of Manchester dropped out at the Preliminary stage of the 2017 Girls’ U17 National Age Group Championships. Otter won all four matches in Group A, finishing on goal difference of +46 to secure their qualification in impressive style. 

The London side will be the only one of last year’s four finalists in this year’s semis. Seven-time champions City of Manchester finished fourth in Group A and last year’s bronze medallists Rotherham Metro were third in Group B.

Otter kicked off their campaign with comprehensive wins over Tyldesley 13-3, and Cheltenham 13-2, before a 16-0 shutout against City of Sheffield. They maintained their 100 per cent record with a 14-5 defeat of Manchester in the final game of the day. Tyldesley secured the second qualification spot from Group A.

The young Otter Futura development team put up a fight in Group B going down 10-5 to group winners City of Liverpool, 7-4 to runners up Newton Abbott and 10-4 to Rotherham.

Congrats to all of the girls who played and good luck in the next round of games!

Watch Otter Ladies take on THE BEST OF Great BRITAIN - in London!

For the first time ever, the Otter Ladies Waterpolo team will be playing their round games of the British Championships here on home soil in London! The competition takes on an exciting new format this year, which means Otter will play three round games here in London, with the top 4 teams progressing to the Super Finals on the 27th & 28th of May @ Sandford Parks Lido.

The team would love to have as many Otter supporters as possible at their London games so please come along and support your team, and then join us for a social drink after the matches.

Otter finish in style

The sixth season of BWPL's Super 5s reached a thrilling conclusion at Gloucester's GL1 pool this weekend, with three teams - Manchester, Otter and Liverpool Lizards - very much in contention for the women's title. With 2 games remaining Manchester held a narrow 1 point lead over Otter and Liverpool.

Otter went into the final round of the British Waterpolo League Super 5's competition with the title in their sites. The team needed to beat Manchester and Leeds and the title would be theirs. But it wasn't to be. The team struggled to get any traction in a disappointing game against Manchester. Going down 14-5 and ending their hopes for a second Super 5s title while setting up a winner-takes-all meeting between Manchester and Liverpool on the Sunday. 

Out of the title race but never a team to be taken lightly, Otter rounded off their British League season on Sunday with a run away 16-9 victory over Leeds Sharks. After an even start, the London club took charge, scoring six in the second period. Celebrating the end of the season and Peggy Etiebet's birthday in style. 

Goal scorers vs Manchester: Fabiana Anastasio (2), Brooke Tafazolli, Peggy Etiebet, Lex Higlett.
Goal scorers vs Leeds: Claudia Ferrone (4) and Fabiana Anastasio (3), Kathy Rogers (2), Brooke Tafazolli (2), Lily Turner, Gari Mulcahy, Anna Szyszko, Peggy Etiebet, Lex Higlett.  

In the final game of the season Liverpool Lizards beat Manchester 5-3 to take out the women's Super 5s title for a third year. Congratulations Liverpool. Otter had two players on the top goal scorers list this season: Claudia Ferrone was 4th with 14 goals, and Kathy Rogers was 5th with 13 goals. Otter also had two players on the majors list - Claudia was 2nd with 12 exclusions, Brooke was 5th with 9.  

The team are now looking forward to taking on the best of British waterpolo again in the British Championships which start in two weeks. 

Otter 1st team: Anna, Kathy, Claudia, Gari, Emma, Peggy, Fabs, Lex, Mhairi, Tracey, Izzy, Lily & Brooke. 

Otter U/19's sail through NAG's Prelims unbeated

 

London Otter and City of Manchester finished top of their respective groups in the Preliminary rounds of the Girls U19 National Water Polo Championships 2017 at the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre on Saturday 11 March.

Defending Champions, London Otter, kick-started their campaign in Group A with an easy 9-3 win over City of Bristol. They scored nine goals in the first two quarters of the match, with Cecily Turner, and Jordan Parsons taking two apiece. Otter’s second victory came in match four of the preliminary rounds, where they beat Hucknall 7-1, proving themselves a dominant force. This time it was Katy Cutler who took top goal scorer, taking three overall. Otter’s most impressive victory came against Cheltenham, in which Cutler managed to see five to the back of the net. They finished the match 15-3. The other team to make it through from Group A were Hucknall.

Otters development team Otter Futura had a tough run on the other side of the draw, but fought till the final whistles vs Group B winners Manchester & Group B Runner up city of Liverpool. 

Congrats to all of the girls who represented Otter so well, and good luck for the next rounds of the competition!

Ella in goals for Otter in the 2016 Competition

BWPL GAMES...IN london!

Next weekend there is a near-by opportunity to watch the Otter Men’s 1st team and the Otter Ladies 2nd team (Otter Lutra) play some of their  British Water Polo League games.

The venue is the The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, in Elstree (Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Herts WD6 3AF).  Which is an impressive brand new swimming facility.

Saturday 11th February
1:10pm Otter v Hucknall (Mens Championship 3)
2:20pm Otter Lutra v Hucknall (Ladies Championship 1)

Sunday 12th February
11:20am Otter v Bridgefield (Mens Championship 3)
1:40pm Otter Lutra v West London Penguin Emperors (Ladies Championship 1)

See you there!

Solid start to the Super 5's season in Luton

Otter brought Liverpools perfect record of 16 wins to an end with a 7 all draw in a thrilling first match of the new Super 5's campaign at Luton Saturday. Otter led 3-0 in the second quarter and, although Liverpool pulled up to 4-4 towards the end of the third, Otter went into the last minute of the game with a 7-5 lead. Otter were unable to hold on for the win, letting Liverpool score twice in the last 51 seconds, with two extra man goals, to level the game. Otter scorers: Emma Hamilton-Foster (2), Kathy Rogers (2), Lex Higlett (2), Lily Turner (1).

Kathy Rogers kick started Otters game in the opening seconds Sunday, stealing the ball in defense before swimming away to score. And from that point Otter never looked back. The team cruised to a 6-1 lead at the first break, before edging out to 9-1 at half time. The third quarter was a tighter 3-2 but then Otter put their foot back on the gas for a 5-1 last quarter. 8 different Otters got their name on the scorecard with some well executed team goals. But it was Otters defense that won the game, holding Coventry to just 4 goals: One penalty, 2 Extra man conversions & one in even play. After two games Otter narrowly hold the best defensive record in the division, with in 11 goals against, vs Liverpools 12, Manchesters 14, Leeds 25 & Coventrys 28. Otter scorers: Claudia Ferrone (3), Kathy Rogers (3), Mhairi Nurthen (3), Lex Higlett (2), Emma Hamilton-Foster (2), Brooke Tafazolli (2), Rebecca Mulchay (1), Lily Turner (1).  

 The Otter team after their match on Sunday. 

The Otter team after their match on Sunday. 

Lutra kick off BWPL Phase 2

The BWPL Championship 1 kicked off in Walsall last weekend. Lutra went in looking to continue their unbeaten run after 7 wins from 7 in Phase 1 of the competition. 

Lutra's first game of championship one was against Liverpool Liver Birds. It was a tough first game of the weekend and we knew that it would be harder than the first time we played them (due to the fact that they had their goal keeper and other other key players back) nevertheless, we played really well and drew the game 10-10 with goals from Holly Campbell 2, Katy cutler 2, Nahn van wyke 2, Sarah Connolly 2, Lidia Toth 1, and Emma Shkurka 1

Game 2 at 10.00 on the Sunday was always going to be tough it was our first game against a team that had dropped down from division 1 Sheffield Sharks. We let the game get away from us in the first half going 13-2 down after the first half, however I'm true Otter spirit we picked ourselves up and things started to fall into place and the goals started going in. The game finished 18-7 and we ended up tying the 2nd half which is a massive positive to take from the game. Goals went to Katy cutler 3, Lidia Toth 2 & Holly Campbell 1.

Our 2nd game on the Sunday and our third of the weekend was another toughie and against the team that finished second in division 2 behind us, the Welsh Wanderers. It was a slight grudge match. However the result didn't quite go our way with the wanderers coming out on top 8-6. Katy Cutler was amongst the goal scorers again with 2, Emma Shkurka 2, Nahn van wyke 1, and Lindsay Williams 1.

It was a tough weekend and everyone played really well the whole weekend and we are looking forward to our next weekend 11/12th February at Haberdashers where we take on Hucknall & London Penguin!!!!

Team: Bob Toth, Holly Campbell, El Lazat, Nahn Van Wyke, Drew Goold, Sasha Tinkler Davies, Emma Shkurka, Lidia Toth, Meg Wall-Peters, Catherine Freeman, Sarah Connolly, Katy Cutler and Lindsay Williams.