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Welcome to Glasgow University Swimming and Water Polo Club’s Website!

We are one of the biggest and most friendly sporting clubs on campus, catering for both competitive and recreational Swimming and Waterpolo while having a hugely active social scene. No matter how much experience you have in either swimming or water polo we are always on the hunt for new members. It’s a great chance to build up fitness and stamina but more importantly meet a bunch of really great people and the chance to compete around the UK, with a tour during the summer. Of course if you don’t want to compete, just come along to keep fit and socialize.

We compete in numerous events throughout the year including Scottish and British University leagues. To name but a few highlights in our year: Stirling Sprints, GUSA Ball, Scottish University Championships, SubCrawl, Christmas Meal, Mums & Dads etc etc….

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We are one of the most sociable clubs and a great way to meet new people outside your course and halls. We welcome new members whether you’re a fresher or you’re approaching the end of your university career. While we are a competitive club and successful within Scotland, there is no pressure to compete and many members join just to keep fit and have fun. For more information visit the Join Us page.

End of season drama for Glasgow men’s Water Polo
Going into the final game before Christmas, everything was going so well for the Glasgow uni Men’s Water Polo team. They had qualified for the next round of the cup and had won all their league games.  Then along came Dundee.  The two teams battled out a huge game that Glasgow were leading going into the final quarter, but let slip as Dundee won that game 12-11. First game after Christmas threw up a rematch in the cup, Glasgow travelled to Dundee with a weakened team and despite playing better than the previous game, lost 13-11. Glasgow made amends, winning their remaining league games while Dundee let slip a poor result meaning that both teams were on 24 points. Fast forward to the 7th March and the scene is set perfectly for the last game of the season, as Glasgow travel to Dundee on level points, for a winner takes all clash of the titans.  An away win, would mean Glasgow win the league outright.  Given how tight the previous games had been, Glasgow knew this was going to be a game of fine margins and prepared extensively on how best to keep the hosts from scoring. Cheered on by a full bus load of noisy Glasgow supporters, the atmosphere on poolside was electric.  As the teams lined up for the swim off it was hard to hear the referees whistle as the game started at a frantic pace.   The first quarter was dominated by superb defence from both teams, as neither could take advantage of exclusions as both keepers Glasgow’s plan of containing Dundee’s main threat was working well, but was hindering their attack.  However with the last attack of the quarter the black and gold’s set up Mannix O’Boyle who faked cleverly, and shot into the near corner, giving Glasgow a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter continued at a fast pace, and Glasgow worked Graeme O’Flannagain into space at the deep end who scored making it 2-0.  Dundee got on the score sheet soon after that goal, and then took advantage as Glasgow were down to 6 men for an exclusion to equalise.  They then scored again to go into the lead for the first time, making it 3-2.  A Rob Slater goal from the right wing brought it back to 3-3 at half time. Some serious words were spoken at half time, along the lines of this is our night, and we will not lose.   It had the desired effect as tight defence, great saves by keeper Greg Carr and goals from Rob Slater and Oli Coombs took Glasgow into the final quarter leading 5-3.  The Glasgow supporters, including GUSA president Stu Law, were doing a fantastic job of making it feel like a home match for Glasgow, as they shouted, sang and screamed their encouragement. Final quarter: Dundee scored the first goal of the quarter, but this was cancelled out in the next attack by another (air)Mannix special making it 6-4.  With a little under two minutes remaining Dundee cranked up the pressure with another goal bringing it to 6-5 to Glasgow.  Dundee only needed a draw to win the league and threw everything at Glasgow in the last seconds, but the defence held firm, and a second Graeme O’Flannagain goal with forty seconds left sealed the game for Glasgow, who held on to win 7-5.  The crowd went wild at the final whistle, and as the teams shook hands, everyone could agree that it was a special night for University sport, and for the Glasgow Uni men’s Water Polo team, at last, on the final game, Scottish 1a League Champions, 2013/14. Team Greg Carr Soma Molnar Tom Gebbie Edward Mallinson Ibrahim Kraria George Hall Rob Slater Graeme O’Flannagain Alex Zegart Mannix O’Boyle James Pulham Oli Coombs Sean Kelly (captain) By Sean Kelly
Weekly 10/01/16

Helllllooo everyone,

I hope you all had the nicest of holidays and are back feeling refreshed

Some fun info for you about this up coming semester!

This week;

normal training resumes! Refreshers Fair Volunteers Club sport recovery Aberdeen Aquatics Tour ✈️ Gusa Ball Kit

Normal Training

After one too many mince pies this Christmas it’s time to get back into the pool and we have just the news you want to hear. 

NORMAL TRAINING will commence from tomorrow (MONDAY). What better way to start the semester properly

Re-freshens Fair Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help man the stall at the Re-freshers Fair its on Jan 22nd in the GUU between 12-5 and any help anyone can give would be fab. If your keen to help give me a message and you will be rewarded in sweets and love

Club Sport Recovery

Some exciting news for you! 

Starting next Thursday (14th January 2016), each week from 0730 until 0830 will be the CLUB SPORT RECOVERY session in the Stevie.

This bespoke session is aimed at boosting recovery from the rigours of training and competition; reducing injury risk; and enhancing post-match routines.  Participants will learn techniques to enhance flexibility and mobility, allowing them to get back into the game and ready for the next session.

 This is a drop-in activity, so to participate just meet in PowerPlay at 0730.  

This is a fab opportunity to get to use the new facilities and learn some great techniques so why not pop along ☺️

Aberdeen Aquatics

The countdown is on!! Only 20 days until Aberdeen Aquatics the captains have been busy organising accommodation and travel so the planning is underway. They will be in touch ASAP with a price and how they will collect the money

Tour ☀️☀️☀️

There are still a few spaces for the best week of your life!! if you are interested and want to come on tour make sure and drop Colleen a message and she will provide all the details ✈️✈️✈️ We are going to Albrufeia between 25th – 30th of May

GUSA Ball

The countdown is also on for GUSA BALL 2016. So get choosing those dresses and hiring those kilts…is it too early to have the champagne chilling…..? tickets will be on sale very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that! 

Kit

Rob is sorting out some fab kit for everyone again by doing an order so we are all looking super tiger this semester! If your keen the deadline will be 24th January so plenty time to place an order! 

That’s it for now  any questions as always – fire them my way  

Love Anna

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Men’s Polo Storm to Victory in First Match Back
As dry January came to a close, the Glasgow University Men’s Waterpolo team was itching to get wet again, and their opportunity came in the form of their local rivals Stirling University! Having faced them earlier on in the season, Glasgow had a few new faces in the team. A distinct lack of team practice meant that there was some uncertainty with how they would fair in the new year. With the first quarter getting underway promptly it took only 20 seconds for nerves to be calmed and order to be restored with the familiar number 7 Robert Slater to kick off proceedings with a finely worked move to blast into the top left hand corner. With the first goal coming quickly Glasgow sought to push their home advantage and this mostly came from the dynamic duo of both Slater and Sean David Kelly. Both taking advantage of the pressing defence Glasgow played and bursting away on the fast break, scoring a further 4 goals between them. Craig Dickson managed to craftily evade his defender to receive a good pass from Soma Molnar to increase the home side’s advantage. With Glasgow looking strong the first quarter ended with Glasgow comfortably leading 6-1. With the switching of the sides, Glasgow started the second quarter a bit more shakily than they did the first, with Stirling managing to capitalise on a foul outside of 5m to put one past Goalkeeper Romain Ricchi. But this goal proved to be the kick that Glasgow needed as they managed to respond to increase their advantage through Kelly and Slater once again. With Dickson selfishly deciding not to pass with a 3-on-1 chance, he managed to place the ball around the keeper and keep tempers at bay. Soma Molnar also manage to convert on the well worked play that Glasgow had continued to demonstrate off the fast break. Glasgow managed to go in to the half 15-4 to the good. Knowing that the league may all come down to goal difference, the Tigers had to utilise the full 13 men to their advantage, and use the successful tactic of the fast break to increase the lead. With Slater adding another 5 to his scoring tally, and Kelly also adding a brace, the third quarter saw Nacho Diez grab his first of hopefully many goals to come this season! Stirling were still pushing back, by scoring 4 goals of their own in the quarter. Glasgow, with a full bench of supporters still had a better quarter, going into the last with a lead of 25-8 With the fitness of both teams being called into question in the 4th quarter, it was clear that Stirling having only 10 men would have an effect on the way the final quarter panned out. After scoring quickly with a nifty shot by one of the Stirling Players, that was the last real opportunity they got at trying to close the gap. Glasgow managed to convincingly control the final quarter. With further goals off the fast break by Slater, one particular highlight was a fine finish from Gida Fabian who converted a pin point pass to bury it into the bottom left hand corner, well out of the keepers reach. The final score ended up being a triumphant 32-9 win for Glasgow! Notable performances go to the fastbreaking of Robert Slater and Sean David Kelly, facilitated by some accurate passing from keeper Romain Ricchi. A special mention goes to debutant Duncan Fraser who defended well and contributed on both sides of the ball! Our next game is away to RGU so look out for the next match report!! Team Sheet: Romain Ricchi Some Molnar (4) Andrea Benecchi Gida Fabian (1) Craig Dickson (2) Chris Williams Robert Slater (14) Nacho Diez (1) Alex Zegart (1) Scott Chisholm James Pulham Duncan Fraser Sean David Kelly (10) Man of the Match: Sean David Kelly
GUSWPC Bulletin 22/02/16

Happy Monday everyone!! 

I hope you all had great weekends 

Some info for you guys this week!

-1898 Club and Alumni Dinner

- Subby

- Fixtures

- Land Training

- Bus Cleaning 

- Neptune Steps

1898 Club and Alumni Dinner

A super exciting announcement for you all!!!

You are invited to The annual 1898 Club and Alumni Dinner  which will be on Friday 25th March in the GUU. On Saturday 26th we will also have some swimming and waterpolo for you all so we can show the alumni how much better we are than them!! 

Tickets will cost £35, for the Dinner & half a bottle of wine, Ceilidh, entry to a club and all the Racing and events on Saturday…with many more fun things along the way! We would love as many of you as possible to come along to this event as its a fab way for us as a club to celebrate together the great year we have had! 

There is an event for the night 

https://www.facebook.com/events/483079541898453/

So make sure to join the event to keep updated on the chat!! 

To get your tickets:

- We will be selling them before training on Monday 29th Feb at 8 – 8.30pm and Wednesday 2nd March at 7-7.30pm  and 8-8.30pm….. please bring along your £35 cash with you then! 

We would encourage you all to buy your tickets ASAP as we have limited space and anticipate it will sell out!!

Subby

Subby will be on the 5th March!! It is one of the best nights of the GUSWPC calendar and not one to miss. The boys have been working hard getting it all arranged for you and finalising a costs so keep an eye on the page for that this week!! They will then arrange a couple of days to collect the money! wooooo!! 

Fixtures

The Gals waterpolo team have a fixture against Northumbria on Wednesday at 4pm in the Stevie – after they smashed it last week please come down and support them again!! 

The guys Waterpolo are away to Aberdeen – so Good Luck to them too!!! 

Land Training

Just a reminder that Land training will be on every Monday from 7.15 – 8.15 in Studio 2 of the Stevie!! A great way to sweat out the sins from the weekend!

So make sure to pop along! 

Bus Cleaning

It is our chance to take a turn cleaning the bus (all the fun) so we are looking just for a few fabulous volunteers to help clean the bus on Thursday Feb 25th at 2pm for literally 1 hour. You would be rewarded in GUSWPC love and sweets too!! 

If you are free and can help if you can send me a message/email that would be fabulous <3 

Neptune steps 

The time has come again to take a dip in the MaryHill Canal….

For those who missed out last year or have no idea what i’m talking about on the 9th April Neptune Steps, a Redbull run competition, takes place which sees athletes struggle there way through a challenging course in the Maryhill Canal. 

From those who did it last year they said it was a really fun challenge so check out the info below if you are keen!! 

Thats all for now – watch out on the FB page this week for some other very important dates regarding AGM!!

All the love, 

Anna xoxox

End of season drama for Glasgow men’s Water Polo
Going into the final game before Christmas, everything was going so well for the Glasgow uni Men’s Water Polo team. They had qualified for the next round of the cup and had won all their league games.  Then along came Dundee.  The two teams battled out a huge game that Glasgow were leading going into the final quarter, but let slip as Dundee won that game 12-11. First game after Christmas threw up a rematch in the cup, Glasgow travelled to Dundee with a weakened team and despite playing better than the previous game, lost 13-11. Glasgow made amends, winning their remaining league games while Dundee let slip a poor result meaning that both teams were on 24 points. Fast forward to the 7th March and the scene is set perfectly for the last game of the season, as Glasgow travel to Dundee on level points, for a winner takes all clash of the titans.  An away win, would mean Glasgow win the league outright.  Given how tight the previous games had been, Glasgow knew this was going to be a game of fine margins and prepared extensively on how best to keep the hosts from scoring. Cheered on by a full bus load of noisy Glasgow supporters, the atmosphere on poolside was electric.  As the teams lined up for the swim off it was hard to hear the referees whistle as the game started at a frantic pace.   The first quarter was dominated by superb defence from both teams, as neither could take advantage of exclusions as both keepers Glasgow’s plan of containing Dundee’s main threat was working well, but was hindering their attack.  However with the last attack of the quarter the black and gold’s set up Mannix O’Boyle who faked cleverly, and shot into the near corner, giving Glasgow a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter continued at a fast pace, and Glasgow worked Graeme O’Flannagain into space at the deep end who scored making it 2-0.  Dundee got on the score sheet soon after that goal, and then took advantage as Glasgow were down to 6 men for an exclusion to equalise.  They then scored again to go into the lead for the first time, making it 3-2.  A Rob Slater goal from the right wing brought it back to 3-3 at half time. Some serious words were spoken at half time, along the lines of this is our night, and we will not lose.   It had the desired effect as tight defence, great saves by keeper Greg Carr and goals from Rob Slater and Oli Coombs took Glasgow into the final quarter leading 5-3.  The Glasgow supporters, including GUSA president Stu Law, were doing a fantastic job of making it feel like a home match for Glasgow, as they shouted, sang and screamed their encouragement. Final quarter: Dundee scored the first goal of the quarter, but this was cancelled out in the next attack by another (air)Mannix special making it 6-4.  With a little under two minutes remaining Dundee cranked up the pressure with another goal bringing it to 6-5 to Glasgow.  Dundee only needed a draw to win the league and threw everything at Glasgow in the last seconds, but the defence held firm, and a second Graeme O’Flannagain goal with forty seconds left sealed the game for Glasgow, who held on to win 7-5.  The crowd went wild at the final whistle, and as the teams shook hands, everyone could agree that it was a special night for University sport, and for the Glasgow Uni men’s Water Polo team, at last, on the final game, Scottish 1a League Champions, 2013/14. Team Greg Carr Soma Molnar Tom Gebbie Edward Mallinson Ibrahim Kraria George Hall Rob Slater Graeme O’Flannagain Alex Zegart Mannix O’Boyle James Pulham Oli Coombs Sean Kelly (captain) By Sean Kelly
League Match Report – Dundee 9th October 2013

So last Wednesday was the chance for Glasgow’s 2013/2014 Swimming team to strut their stuff in the water for the first time this season.

In a classic styley Dundee were late, but after they finally arrived things go off to an interesting start. Races kicked off with the medley relays, and it was no surprise that Glasgow Dominated both the Women’s and Men’s events ensuring a crucial lead for us.

Moving onto the individual events, first off the blocks was Vhari McClements and Rachael Morris for Team Tiger in the Women’s 100 Freestyle. It was a close race with Vhari just missing out on first to Dundee touching in 2nd place with MO (Rachael) not far behind. For the Men’s we had Luke Campbell and Sean Kelly. Luke cruised to an easy victory with Sean, still pumped from the relay, pulled it out in the last 25 to touch in 3rd place.

Next up was the 100m butterfly. For the Women we had “Secretary Jeanna Gordon” and making her debut for the team, Cara Tosh. Jeanna smashed out an impressive 1:11.25 as she annihilated the competition to touch in first place. Cara, fully motivated by her teammates, was only just behind touching in 3rd position. In the men’s race Chris Hamilton (ginge) and men’s swimming captain Andy Thomson put on an impressive show, with Chris touching first in an amazing 1:02.97 and Andy working hard throughout the race to just get touched out on the finish.

Moving onto the 100m Backstroke we had Katie James and Marie-Claire Barry (MCB). It was an intensive race at the start but after the first 25 both Katie and MCB pulled away to storm to an easy 2nd and 1st respectively. For the Men’s Mr Campbell  (Luke) was up again alongside another fresher to the team, Chris Best. Luke had to work hard to stay ahead of Dundee’s Michael Mcgovan, but managed to keep a healthy lead with his amazing underwater phase to touch in first place. Chris wasn’t too far behind to touch 3rd.

Next was the 100m breaststroke. This time for the girls we had Rachael McQueen and Women’s swimming captain Heather Winfield. Heather worked hard to secure yet another 1st place with Rachael touching in 3rd. In the Men’s category Michael Mcgarrity and Thomas Holmes both made it look all too easy, with an impressive 2nd and 3rd places.

The 200m Freestyle was the next event – always a gruelling ordeal! First up were Katie and Cara, both digging deep and pulling through the entire race they managed to stay ahead of one of the opposition and touched in 2nd and 3rd respectively. For the boys it was Chris Hamilton and Tom Raikes making his first swim of the season. It was a tough race with Chris leading off with one of the Dundee opposition while Tom, after his amazing dive, wiped the floor with the other Dundee Swimmer. It remained a close race throughout with Chris just being touched out at the end, but still with a very impressive 2:05.99, and Tom coming in not far behind in 3rd place.

After a short (very short) 5 minute break the focus moved onto the 50m events.

Starting with the 50m butterfly Vhari and Jeanna were up again with Jeanna smashing the competition to win yet another race and Vhari only just behind. Andy and Chris H made up the boys side with Andy making up for his disappointing 100m fly earlier he touched in 1st  place with Chris in 2nd only 0.4s behind his teammate.

In the 50m back we had another 1st and 2nd in both Women’s and Men’s events with Katie and MCB for the girls and Luke and Chris Best for the boys.  Woop for team Glasgow! Luke is making quite a habit of these 1st places!

In the 50m breaststroke Heather and Rachael McQueen took to the blocks to strut their stuff, with Rachael touching 2nd in a time of 38.66 and Heather 3rd in 38.91. Swimming in the men’s category was Michael and Marcus Duve with his first swim for GUSWPC. Both swam well for Glasgow.

The final 50m event was the freestyle – always a fast and furious spectacle! For the girls Cara was up yet again along with Alex (Pow Pow) Powis in her first swim of the season. It was a fast race with Cara touching in 31.53s and Pow Pow in 33.35s. For the lads we see the mighty return of Sean and Tom with Sean powering through from the very start with raw strength and an almighty first and Tom following closely behind to gain those extra points for Glasgow.

Next up was the final individual event of the evening, the 100m Individual Medley. The tireless Jeanna and Heather stepped up on the block once again for another exciting race, with Jeanna pulling through and getting Glasgow another (yes another) first place, whilst Heather held on with a strong finish. Andy and Thomas H made up the Men’s side and swam a very intensive race with Thomas powering through a very impressive breaststroke phase.

The final event of the match was the 200m Freestyle relay, always a nail-biting event. The girls swam strong, but it wasn’t quite enough and Dundee just touched them out. It seemed as though the same outcome would befall the Men with everyone so fatigued from all the previous wins, however they clawed it back with Sean powering down the final length and overtaking Dundee to finish in a firm 1stplace with a team time of 1:45.25.

That brought the close of the first league match of the season with an amazing Glasgow victory of 142 points to Dundee’s mere 114. Now all there is left to do is get dry!

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