Basingstoke Bluefins under 15 waterpolo team win the annual Red Cross Tournament held at the Basingstoke Aquadrome

At the 3rd annual under 15 waterpolo tournament the Bluefins team first game was against local rivals City of Southampton Bluefins started well but then had a setback when Gareth Wintle got himself exclude from the game whilst Bluefins reorganised their defence Southampton took advantage and scored despite chances at both ends the half time score remain 1-0 to the City team.  The second half started with a couple of fine saves by Bluefins keeper James Stone, Amy Stringer then had a goal disallowed but as Southampton hit back they too got a goal disallowed. Basingstoke then quickly broke up the pitch and Dan Hutton scored from distance to equal the scores. With 15 seconds remaining on the clock a cross from Jake Melhuish was turned in by Josh Lay to give Bluefins a winning start to the Tournament. The next Bluefins game was against Worcester Crocodiles coached by ex Basingstoke player Nigel Paton, a much more disciplined performance saw the Bluefins take a 2 -1  half time lead both Bluefins goals scored by Josh Lay. As the Worcester team tired Bluefins added 5 more goals in the second half George Morrison getting his first Bluefins goal followed by goals for Melhuish, Hutton and Lay (2). Next game up was against the younger Bluefins development side which as expect led to a win for the ‘A’ team 11-1 with every member of the team scoring and Matt Harding responding for the development side.

The final match of the tournament was against a very strong Croydon team fielding 6 National academy players and also unbeaten in the tournament. Bluefins started strongly with Jake Melhuish breaking down the right hand side of the pool and scoring. Croydon hit back with a goal from their top scorer Tom Andrews. With Bluefins keeper James Stone pulling off a sting of fine saves to keep Bluefins in the game Josh Lay then missed a penalty as the tension rose. The right on the stroke of half time Bluefins got a second penalty this time Lay made no mistake to give Bluefins a half time lead of 2-1. The second half started with Lay scoring 2 more goals before Andrews for Croydon got 3 quick goals to pull the scores levels. As the crowd cheered on both sides keeper Stone once again pulled off a couple of fine saves before Bluefins broke and top scorer Lay was on hand to finish of fine passing movement to give Bluefins the lead with 90 seconds remaining. This proved to be the final score of the game to give Bluefins their first victory in this tournament.

Team manager Chris Wintle and assistant Matt Girle said this was the best they have seen this Bluefins team play and every player did their part in a fine team performance

James Stone the Bluefins keeper was named best keeper of the Tournament, by all the coaches and referees.

Team: James Stone, Jake Cleverly, Josh Lay. Gareth Wintle, Jake Melhuish, Amy Stringer, George Morrison, Dan Hutton

Bluefins development team : Alex Williams, Jamie Bradley, Matt Harding, Ben Delbridge, Cara Malone, Daniel James, Ryan Brown, Josh Cornwell Gina Lay

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