Thursday 21st march saw Barbarians welcome Swindon to Hengrove to play in the BWWPL Division 1 match. Barbarians always knew that it was going to be a tough, physical match, with the vast experience available to Swindon, yet still Barbarians took the opportunity to start some more Junior players in their journey into Senior Polo.
The game was close all the way through, with shots and goals being traded throughout the match. The first quarter saw Nathan open the account for Barbarians after only 25 seconds of the match, however, the equaliser came 40 second later. The quarter, which looked as if Barbarians were still asleep, finished 4 – 3, with goals scored by John and a pair by Chadders.
The second quarter was much the same, with Barbarians scoring 4 to Swindon’s 3 finishing the half with the score line at 8 – 6, Goals for Barbarians in this quarter coming from Jake, Nathan, Joe and Dylan. The third quarter saw Nathan score a hat trick in the quarter, with Charlie scoring Barbarians other goal, while Swindon put 5 past the keeper, to bring the score to 12 – 11 at the end of the quarter.
The final quarter was a fairly niggly, but quiet affair, with Barbarians scoring 2, Chadders and Nathan, and managing to keep Swindon out of the goal.
The final score was 14 – 11, which, whilst it is a win, it leaves Barbarians having a lot to reflect on and improve for future matches. Onwards and upwards.
Well done to Scott, Jonathan, Matija and Joe, all under 17’s, for their first match with Barbarians, good luck for the future, and enjoy the ride and experience as you learn about senior Polo.
Barbarians take on Weston, in Weston this Sunday, in what is going to be another tough game, with the added complication of a shallow end, which the Barbarians do not have a lot of experience in.