Barbados’ National Under-14 water polo team has made a solid splash in their opening matches at the Trinidad and Tobago 2nd Annual Water Polo Championships.
Playing at the Flying Fish Pool in Federation Park this afternoon, Barbados was thrashed 24-7 in their opening match against Trinidadian club side Royhill Seals Amber, despite four goals from Lamar Mayers and three from Xavier Smith-Taylor.
However, the team rebounded in their second game to inflict a 23-8 whipping on Royhill Seals Emerald to end the day with a 1-1 record.
Smith-Taylor was once again in the thick of things scoring nine goals, while Nathan James added seven and Mayers netted four goals.
There was one goal each for Jaliel Daniel, Sebastian Mayers and Abijah Beckles.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY earlier this morning, shortly after reaching Trinidad and Tobago, head coach Natalia Parris explained that teams from Bonaire, Suriname, along with some from the host country would be participating in the three-day competition.
She said Barbados was fielding a co-ed team comprising 12 males and five females, and although it would be the team’s first tour she was hoping for positive results.
“Most of them started polo this year, so this will be their first tournament, and because this is their first competition I really just want to see a fighting spirit from them when they hit the water.
“I would love for them to win, but this is their first time, so once they fight hard and play hard I will be satisfied,” Parris, a member of the senior water polo team, and former national swimmer explained.
“I know it is a learning experience and it is a developmental meet, so once they do their best I am happy.”
Parris said the team had been together since July and had worked extremely hard leading up to the tournament.
“Going into the competition they were training immensely, five days a week, two hours a day. That also included land training as well as in the pool, as well as games against the senior squad.”
“It’s just up to them now to go and put their best feet forward,” she stated. (RB)