Wilson top scores in Devonport's win over Welsh
DEVONPORT Water Polo's Alex Wilson netted seven goals in his team's emphatic 14-10 victory over Cardiff-based Welsh Wanderers.
Wilson's goals in the Bristol and West Junior League match were complemented by team-mate Adam Williams' five goals with James Braidford and Toby Edwards also scoring.
The mixed city side had been drawing the youth 16 and under encounter 6-6 at the end of the first quarter before pulling away to lead 10-7 at the break.
Although Wanderers had cut into Devonport's advantage at the end of the third period – 11-9 – they responded to come away with a four-point victory.
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A proud Devonport head coach Roger Bossom said: "It was a good team performance; everyone played well and we could have won by more."
Devonport's mixed under-17s gave a good account of themselves but were beaten 13-8 by experienced Paignton at the Life Centre.
The city side trailed 5-2 at the end of the first quarter but kept within touching distance of Paignton as the half-time ended 8-5 to the visitors.
Paignton pulled away in the third quarter and took a healthy 11-6 lead into the last stanza which, despite a gritty display from Devonport, they improved to win by five points.
Wilson and Williams were again among the goals with the former netting a hat-trick and the latter joining Rachel Ward with two goals apiece.
Finlay Bowen scored Devonport's other goal against Paignton, for whom Matt Potter and Cody Plumridge both scored five times, followed by two from Sam Evans and a single from Alan Price.
Devonport's masters team were also in action and claimed a commendable second place while hosting a water-polo tournament at the Life Centre.
Visiting teams for the men's masters event were Newquay, Barnstaple, Okehampton and Paignton.
Masters sides are made up of players aged 35 and upwards in matches shortened to six minutes each – less than half the usual length of games, but made necessary to keep the tournament in its time scale.
Newquay topped the table winning all five of their matches – against Okehampton 4-1, Paignton 3-0, Barnstaple 3-2, Penzance 5-1 and Devonport 3-1.
But the host club were next best, prevailing in three matches, against Barnstaple 3-1, Okehampton 2-0 and Paignton 4-0, before drawing 1-1 with Penzance.
Tournament organiser Ian Mair said: "By hosting these masters events we hope to keep the more experienced players involved in the game and it's great to have the support in doing that from all of those involved – the players, the coaches and the officials."