City of Bristol Barbarians took on Cwm Draig in their opening match of the BWWPL season at home last night. Barbarians are introducing 9 Juniors to senior polo this season and last night saw 4 of them taking to the water during the match, all survived.
The first quarter was an even affair, finishing at 4 goals each, Nathan and Joe both scoring 1 each, and Jack claiming a pair. The second quarter saw Barbarians start to pull away, with the half finishing at 10 – 6. Goals in this quarter were scored by Jake, Jack, Charlie, Joe and a pair for Nathan.
The third quarter saw both team trading goals, 2 goals each, both of Barbarians goals coming from Nathan. The quarter finished at 12 – 8.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Barbarians appeared to go to sleep, or rather, started to play as individuals, rather than the team they had been playing as for the previous 3 quarters, allowing Cwm Draig to claw their way back to level, at 12 – 12, after only just over 2 minutes the quarter played. A timeout allowed Barbarians to regroup and start to work together again, successfully defending the Man-Down situation they found themselves in. The rest of the final quarter saw Barbarians score 3 goals to Cwm Draig’s 1. Barbarians goals coming from Nathan and a pair from Joe, to see the match finish at 15 – 13.
This was a hard fought win, which saw four of the Juniors take part in their first game of senior polo. A good start to the season, with a lot to learn to move forward. However, there was also lots to take pride from.
Next Thursday Barbarians take on Swindon at home. This is likely to be a tough, physical match. Good luck to the Boys.