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Jack First Div 2 K1M Saturday 12th

Jack First Div 2 K1M Sunday 13th

This weekend (12th and 13th July) at Ironbridge Div 2/3 slalom Jack us proud with first place on both Saturday and Sunday in the mens K1 slalom.  His time on Saturday was some 3 seconds ahead of second place and on Sunday a storming first run put him in a truly unassailable 8 second lead.  Winning by these margins is quite astounding. Often the winning margin is down to fraction of a second.  The two wins at Ironbridge along with the win at Nene give Jack promotion to Div 1.

As footnote Claire and Isobel battled it out in the ladies K1 Div 2 with honours even, one ahead of the other on one day and t'other ahead of the one on the next day.

And as an even more minor footnote Ian competed too in the Div 2 K1M and managed not to be last.

Hull International Weekend

22 club supporters made the journey over to Hull to participate in the Canoe Polo International run by the Kingston Kayak Club at the weekend.
We had 2 teams entered a very young youth team with an average age of less than 13 years old. Unfortunately the organisers decided late on to combine two the two lower divisions so our young players were up against it for all of the weekend and ended up losing all of their games. Nevertheless they stuck with it and for the main from what I see enjoyed the weekend.
It is hard for them but like all of players over the years if they stick with it hopefully it will come good as they develop both physically and in game savvy.
For me it is more than pleasing that we can at least muster a youth team in the first place, it's all good experience both playing and mucking in together.
Our second team was entered into Class 1 again a young team by comparison with other entry's with an average age of just over 18 years (just over 16 years between  7 of them!) other than a bit of a drubbing in the semi final they also acquitted themselves well. As with most developing teams consistency has to be their focus it's not something that happens overnight so if you like it's still very much work in progress with the team.
Again pleasing to see the even lesser experienced players Harvey 18, Shivan 16 and Jack 15 slotting in so well.
Team Youth
Ella, Isobel, James, Luke, Rosalind and Santanam.
Class 1
George, Graham, Harvey, Jack, Kartik, Neil, Shivan and Suryan.
Many thanks to the supporters and parents who as ever more than supportive a good 'club' weekend for all I would suggest.
Oh yes before I forget as the only youth team entered the Youth Team won the Youth Trophy and the older boys the Class 1 3rd Place Trophy.
So good! two teams! two trophies! and an enjoyable weekend to boot.
Many Thanks

25th Liverpool International Canoe Polo Tournament 2014

25th Liverpool International Canoe Polo Tournament 2014

This year was going to be special.  This was the 25th Canoe Polo Tournament the club has hosted and it was time to celebrate this milestone.  Planning started late 2013 with meetings with Liverpool Leisure Services and Landowners working together to help make the Waterfront Festival the best ever.  The planning was overseen by the competition committee with an ambition to have 5 pitches, inclusion of all abilities in canoe polo and provision for the wellbeing of the paddlers and their supporters over the weekend.  A special Anniversary trophy would also be sourced.

Those in the know with up to date technology predicted a rainy weekend -  How wrong technology can be- we had a scorcher and some scorched more than others!!!

The week started with Mike, Kartik and Graham setting up the pitches in the Dukes dock.  Some hilarity about how this was to be done and within what timescale was challenged with more crew arriving on the Friday to ensure all was ship shape.  No relaxing then they had promised Neil (who was sunning himself in Palma) the pitch signs would be ready.  So at 6pm there was a rush down to Collingwood to apply the signage, even that turned into a competition more so when Neil was spotted coming to inspect the work.  While this was going on the campers were arriving at SFX and thanks to Ruth and Shivan they were given a warm welcome.

The Saturday started for the club at 5.30 to be down at the dockside for 6.30 for a lesson in rapid tent erection.  With the good teams we had all tents were up by 7 and the refreshment tent up and running by 7.30.  A team of non-paddlers have to be applauded the way they catered and provided for all eventualities - ice packs to homemade cakes, lost property to cheerleading.  The games all started on time thanks to FOA referees taking the whistle on all pitches.  Mark, Linsey and Ian were at the ready to collect, process and display updated scores throughout the weekend.

The FOACC teams included 2 teams under 18, a Boys team and a Girls team in Class 4, and 2 teams in Class 1.  The day brought about many emotions and characteristics not witnessed before!!  And certainly not off the pitch - what happens to them when they get in that boat with the Liverbird on !!!!?

With our own club and specially Class 1 revelling in the use of our Shot Clock it is fair to say not all saw it as a benefit - but fair play was the game.  As usual referring decisions were challenged and discussed until the sun went down.  Thanks must go to Ian and Keith for their knowledge and design expertise the first Shot Clock owned by a British Club and envied by many other clubs.

Saturday night saw a close at a reasonable time which then saw the Tournament team disassemble the event only to re-erect the following morning.  The paddlers on the campsite were provided with TV coverage of the England team game from the club house, a ploy many were hoping for some overindulgence to start at an advantage on the Sunday morning, no way they all appeared full of fight and flight down those pitches.  The Waterfront crowds joined in and enthusiastically tried to learn the game on the spot.

With many paddlers and supporters praising the work of the preparation and provision for this year’s tournament being the best it all seemed well worth it.  The paddlers from the 5 pitches graciously awaited the trophy ceremony in front of the Echo arena and Wheel on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  The Club were proud to have the Liverpool’s Cabinet Minister of Culture and Tourism Wendy Simon to present the awards this year.

The Youth trophy was presented to FOACC under 18 Boys Team,

The Ladies trophy presented to FOACC under 18 Girls Team.

The first Anniversary trophy was awarded to Dragon after a thrilling performance in Division 1.

Some got trophies but we were all winners with a lovely weekend and many many thanks to the Waterfront events Team and Landowners for supporting the 25th Liverpool International.  A Special and Sincere Thanks must go to the FOACC Volunteers who have worked for months to prepare and many hours to deliver the best yet.

Ladies Trophy Winners 2014 FOACC Girls


FOACC Class 1 Teams A and B

Youth Trophy Winners FOACC Boys


Monday Evening Liverpool Novice Leagues Monday 16th September

Monday Evening Liverpool Novice Leagues Monday 16th September
The following teams are due to play this coming Monday 16th September Collingwood 6.00 p.m.
Division 1
Staff C
Prescot A
Liverpool Canoe Club
Divison 3
Friends of Allonby Girls
Friends of Allonby B
Mike M

Division 1 Yorkshire (Polo)

Hi all,
I have now taken over the running of Division 1 Yorkshire.  I have been sent the playlist and the game times have been moved from 10min to 6mins each way.  What do people think of this??
I have attached the current playlist.
Could you all make sure you reply so I have your correct email.

Andy Lowthorpe

Kayaks stolen from Knotty Ash

Hi all, Apologies for the mass email.

We have had some kayaks stolen from our school grounds over the last week. I'll try to track down photos as best I can but this is what has gone walkabout'

* Pyranha Kanarli Medium x2 in blue / white. x1 in yellow / mango. Rapid plus spec
* Pyranha Kanarli Large x1 in Green & x 1 in yellow / mango. connect 30 spec.
* Pyranha Z one small 2 x blue / black & 1 x blue / white. rapid plus spec
* Pyranha Z one Medium 3 x yellow / mango, rapid plus spec
* Pyranha H3 small [235] yellow rapid plus spec.
* Feel Free Nomad sit on top solo kayaks, 1 x red / blue / white & 1 x Red / blue.
* Pyranha Rebel in blue

All were in good order inc. airbags at the time.

All were marked in permanent marker 'Clifford holroyde SEN college'

If you see or are offered any of the above a bit cheap or from suspicious sources please contact my mobile 07834 536565 or ring school in daytime hours 0151 2289500.

Obviously this is an expensive loss and any help would be appreciated. if you have contacts with other clubs etc in the area if you could forward this out to spread the word.

Many thanks

Alastair Randall This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Liverpool Local Leagues

We feel there is now sufficient interest to host and run a local league or leagues dependant on the interest.
The league events will run initially at our Collingwood facility and as the weather turns colder from the Speke and /or Bootle pools from early October onwards. The teams and the league is specifically aimed at running the leagues locally and to make participation attractive by reducing the travelling time and costs to the minimum. Within the club we will be looking to see if we can make up as many teams both girls and boys as there are interested members. To that intent if you wish to have ago learn to play then come along. We have over the last weeks ran a Monday session and that will continue to and we will be able to build the numbers up dependant on the interest. As part of their development I am hoping that some of the slightly older boys and girls will help to coach and take ownership to both some of the training and hopefully the teams coming as result of their efforts.
If there is sufficient interest then we can run additional sessions and they can continue on some of the days of the term break.
the opportunity is open to all attending the Speke and Bootle pool sessions along with all of our other club members.
Let me know your interest if you would better still come along 6.00 p.m. this coming Monday and have ago.
and enjoy yourselvse.