The purpose of our weekend trip to sooth was for the Orkney team to play in the Scottish Division Two canoe polo league at Glenrothes. Orkney Canoe Polo Team – Peter, Torquil, Graham, Kristian and Colin
Two of the team were coming down by plane so myself and Ansgar were reserve players in case of bad weather. As it was, we were not needed but did make a reasonable camera girl and water boy.
The Orkney team made a good start in the first game of the evening against Scarlet Ladies B, winning by a convincing 4 goals to 2, with Graham Summers scoring all 4 goals for Orkney. Kristian in the thick of it against Scarlet Ladies
The next match was against Stirling University. Orkney showed far more aggression in this game and it was a hard fought match, with Orkney the eventual winners with 5 goals to nil, thanks in the main to Graham and Torquil’s fine shooting. Graham again scored 4 goals and must be a contender for top scorer in the the league. Good defending by keeper Peter
The next team to play were Heriot Watt and this was a really tough match with lots of good hard play. Orkney had one yellow card issued for language but then won a penalty after a dangerous play on Colin, which was successfully taken by Graham Summers.
Unfortunately, Graham then conceded a penalty at the other end of the field which put Heriot Watt back in the lead. The final score was 3, 2 to Heriot Watt, with Orkney’s other goal coming from Kristian Cooper. Orkney win a penalty from this tackle on Colin Graeme converts the penalty into a point for Orkney
The final game of the match was against F.C.A.G coached by Coldwetwater. It was a really good, hard match and Orkney had loads of shots on target which were expertly saved by F.C.A.G. By this point in the evening, Graham had been identified as an excellent long range shooter so he was marked heavily. The opposition played very defensively and it was difficult for Orkney to convert any chances to goals. The final score was 4 – 1 to F.C.A.G with Orkney’s goal again scored by Graham Summers. Orkney (in blue) defend against FCAG
All in all, the Orkney team played very well and thoroughly deserve their place in Division 2.
The Heriot Watt game can be seen below: