Katy Cutler – call up to represent GBR in EU Nations Tournament
14 year old Salisbury Stingrays Waterpolo player Katy Cutler has just had confirmation that she has been selected as part of a 15 strong GBR team that will be competing in the EU Nations Junior Women’s Water Polo Tournament in Prague, Czech Republic from 4-6th September 2015.
Other teams entered are:
Czech Republic (host Nation)
As the Junior Women’s category is for players born 1998 and later Katy, born 2001, is extremely excited to be selected by the GB Coaches. This will be her first major competition representing GBR at an international level. There are very few Waterpolo players in Wiltshire so this is a fantastic achievement for a player from a small club participating in a little known, but extremely tough sport. Once called water rugby it is considered the toughest sport in the world by many and one that receives virtually no funding currently. Katy has been supported on her way to this achievement by Wiltshire Council who awarded her a Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Sports Scholarship last October but the sport is desperately looking to attract more sponsors both at local and National levels.
As a small club Salisbury Stingrays Waterpolo would love more people to join them or to help support them financially – anyone who would be interested in attending a trial session and finding out what the sport has to offer or would be interested in sponsoring desperately needed new kit is welcome to contact the club via cath...@gmail.com
GB Training Camp in Hungary by Katy Cutler
I travelled to Hungary over Easter with the GB Girls Waterpolo Talent Squads for a total of 10 days. The first 5 day training camp was with the 2001 GB squad, my own age group squad. Over the 5 days, there were 6 x 2 hour training sessions and 6 matches against different Hungarian teams. The first day we played a team in Budapest callED BVSC who provided a good match. Throughout the duration of the trip, we stayed in Szentes, 2 hours away froedBudapest. We played the local Szentes team as well as an older age group German boys team that was also on tour.
For the second 5 day camp I was with the 2000 GB squad. We played an older BVSC team in Budapest before travelling back down to Szentes where we participated in a further 5 days training and playing matches against an older local team as well as an American girls 1999 team.
During this time I developed my skills in pit attack and pit defence as well as learning second set techniques. We participated in various team building exercises and also had the opportunity to watch two Division 1 Senior Men’s Matches which were both spectacular and provided an amazing experience of seeing my sport played at a very high level.
During the trip, a ceremony was held by the Mayor of Szentes welcoming us as the first team from Great Britain to the new 50m pool in Szentes. I was one of 6 of our squad had that the honour of carrying my country’s flag during the ceremony.
- National Age Group Waterpolo Finals
Salisbury Stingrays 13yo Waterpolo player Katy Cutler travelled to the Manchester Aquatics Centre this weekend to play for Exeter in the U17 NAG Finals. Day 1 saw Exeter facing a tough semi-final against City of Manchester who were out to maintain their 100 per cent record in this year’s competition and take back the title from last years winners, Otter.Katy was one of the opening seven players for Exeter as they won the first swim off and scored the opening goal. However they were down 1-3 at the end of the first quarter. Exeter won the swim off again in the second quarter but failed to take advantage and were 1-5 down going into the second half of the game. Exeter offence, including 2 attempts on goal from Katy, was kept at bay by Manchester’s goalkeeper. Along with relentless pressure from the championship top scorer from Manchester in front of the net Exeter were left suffering a 12-4 defeat, however the Exeter coaching team described Katy’s play in the match as superb.
On Day 2 of the championships the bronze medal match between Exeter and Liverpool seemed set from the start. Despite Katy claiming possession for Exeter in the opening swim off the Liverpool Girls finished the first quarter 4-0 up. Exeter stopped the onslaught of Liverpool goals in the second quarter but struggled to finish off their attacks on their rivals goal, only managing to slip in a single goal and failing to take advantage of 2 perfectly placed assists fed in by Katy. Going into the second half the score was 1-4 . Katy, out of the pool on a rest period, could only watch as Liverpool hit back with three more goals in the third quarter. Returning to play in the final quarter Katy scored a last minute goal from the left wing, described afterwards by her coaching team as “wonderful”. Sadly it only took the score to 2-7 so Liverpool took the bronze medal.
The only consolation Exeter Girls could take was in being one of the top 4 teams in the UK.
- Sam Dalton was called up for the Hampshire U19 Men’s team for the South East Men’s Inter County Championships. The championship was held at the Portsmouth Mountbatten centre. Early on Hampshire sadly lost their goal keeper due to an injury but despite some excellent defending they did not make it through to the final.
Well done to all those who have successfully Stingrays Tuesday night water polo trials.
- Sam Dalton was invited to trial for the GB talent squad. Only 30 boys were invited for his age group to an intensive 2 day training camp held at the International pool in Cardiff.
- Katy Cutler and Holly Dennis were called into the Hampshire under 19 Ladies team for the South East Ladies Inter County Championships. Drawn against Sussex in their first match, Katy got her county off to a glorious start by scoring a hat-trick as they won 8-5. Defender Holly proved her worth helping Hampshire to a 7-2 win over Kent. Hampshire lost in the final against Middlesex, leaving Hampshire coming away with a well deserved silver.