Last year’s champions of the Bristol and West Water Polo League’s President’s Cup knockout competition were unceremoniously bundled out of the 2017 competition after being beaten by City of Bristol Barbarians in April at the Bristol South Pool stronghold. The team of Barbarians was mainly made up of the old Harlequins team, and were given a nine goal start over the champions.
Ably officiated by Messrs Tamlyn and Tubby, the home side were leading 11-3 at the end of the opening quarter with Sergie Skachek netting twice for Barbarians, and three goals by Andrew Strong, Michal Trzeciak and Ian Brewer.
In the second period the Wiltshire visitors continued to chip away at the lead, but could not stop them scoring with Nick Bonthuys adding a further goal for the home side and Swindon only being able to net two more ia Strong and Trezeciak to make it 12-5 at the half way stage.
The third quarter saw Swindon’s attack at it’s most strongest when they added a further five goals with the loss of just one to make it 13-10 and it looked like they would be going through to defend their crown.
However, in the final period Swindon were only able to add another three goals to give the final score of 13-all at the end of time, and penalties loomed on the horizon.
In the shoot out, which was a disaster for Swindon, as they only managed to net one to Barbarians three, enabling the Bristol side to go through 16-14.