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3 Carifta medals for water polo team


RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

3 Carifta medals for water polo team

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BARBADOS HAS secured three more medals at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, this time in water polo.

At the end of the event on Sunday, the 16-And-Under boys’ team won a silver medal, while both the 19-And-Under boys’ and girls’ copped the bronze medal at the Championships held last weekend in the Bahamas.

The younger boys went up against Bahamas vying for gold. Although they played a hard-fought match, and were leading 3-0, their opponents fought back just as hard. At the final whistle, the score was 6-5 in favour of the Bahamians.

National coach Ryan Forde, speaking to NATION SPORT from the Bahamas, said the boys overcame traditional powerhouses to make it to the finals.

“The boys did really well overcoming Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica first, then Bonaire, and narrowly losing to Bahamas in the groups. They went into the final in full confidence, but eventually lost 5-6 in the last minute of play. This team will be regrouped and reformed for next year. The future for them is bright, with our new learn-to-swim programme, and hopefully our school programme, it will help them be back on top by 2019,” he said.

The 19-And-Under boys beat Bonaire 11-8 to win the bronze medal.

Though Forde said they lost the semi-final match after running into trouble, he was happy they finished in the top three.

Members of Barbados water polo 16 and under boys’ team, which won a bronze medal.

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“The 19-And-Under team did really well. After being up by four in the semis, they fell short by a mental lapse after going into very serious foul trouble. This affected their team play and defensive especially, but they were able to regroup and came third.

“The good thing is the majority of their team stay together for next year. They will be a force to reckon with for the next two to three years in their division. Up next for them are the CCCAN games, which is another level of tournament and great experience to help them get back up to the top,” he said.

As for the girls who are between the ages of 15 and 16 playing in the 19-And-Under division, they secured a bronze medal, while Trinidad and Tobago took the gold medal.

Strong support for the water polo teams. 

“The girls learnt some valuable experience playing their first CARIFTA together, and were able to be a threat throughout moments of the game. They will take the next year playing as much as a team in tournaments, and training as hard as they can,” he said.

He believes that in order for the sport to rise, players must be recruited before they reach secondary school.

“If Barbados water polo is to rise further, we must be in the schools and within the learn-to-swim polo programme. All islands that we play have kids ten and under and up, due to them being in the schools and learn-to-swim programmes. This is the direction Barbados must go in, in order to be challenging yearly, as well as playing as many tournaments as possible,” he said. (RA)

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