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Meridian Canoe Club claim Polo British Open crown

Congratulations to Meridian Canoe Club who were crowned Champions at the Canoe Polo British Open played at the National Water Sport Centre, Nottingham.

Entering two teams, Meridian C topped group A, then defeated Bridgend Sharks and Dragon to qualify for the final of Open Division 1.

They were joined in the final by Meridian E who won group B, then avenged an earlier second round group match defeat to Bridgend by winning the semi-final 5-2.

In a closely fought final Meridian C took the lead in the first half, with a well-worked goal by creating space down the right hand side of the pitch.

In the second half the match opened up, with both teams hitting the frame of the goals.

In the last 20 seconds Meridian E created an opportunity to equalise, but the attempted shot was blocked by the defence and gave Meridian C the British Open title. Meridian E finished runners-up with Bridgend taking third place.

The Open Division 2 final was won by JestWater, who defeated Red Rose Thorns 2-1. Meridian Ladies B competed in Open Division 2 and as the only women’s team competing were winners of the Women’s Division.

There were more goals in the Youth final with St Albans taking an early lead thanks to a well-worked move down the left.  But just before half time Bridgend equalised to go into the break all square at 1-1.

In the second half St Albans started strongly, but Bridgend started to dominate, with two goals to make it 3-1.St Albans responded quickly to score and make it an exciting finale. 

Both teams had chance to score in the final 60 seconds, but with chances missed Bridgend controlled the final moments of the match to complete a 3-2 victory and claim the British Open.

Full details, including all the results, of the Canoe Polo British Open 2019 are available here: