Cheltenham Swimming and Water Polo Club got their League title defence off to a mixed start, as the new campaign got underway in Sheffield last weekend. The title holders opening fixture took place on Saturday against newly promoted Solihull.
The game however, didn’t go according to the script as Solihull took full advantage of what can only be described as a below average Cheltenham performance and narrowly edged the game 9-7.
With one early setback inflicted, James Ross’ side faced Lancaster in Sunday’s early season title contenders match with both sides fielding former Olympians. However, the Cheltenham head coach would have been a lot happier with his sides performance in game two, as Cheltenham’s clinical touch in front of goal paid off, outscoring Lancaster 15-10.
Cheltenham duo Jack Collier and Marc Tarres both finished the weekend on four goals a piece whilst Tarres’ brother and teammate Albert, top scored for the reigning champions with five goals.
No doubt, Cheltenham will be disappointed with the overall outcome of the weekend but the current holders will have to quickly turn their attention onto the games against Bristol and Invicta on the weekend of the 29th and 30th October with the ties taking place at Gloucester’s GL1 Leisure Centre.