Melbourne Collegians Discover Gold in Geelong!

Congratulations to all our junior players, coaches and volunteers on outstanding results in the recent Victorian Junior Club Championships in Geelong.  In a dominating display, all 6 teams across 3 age groups played in finals - winning 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.


Results are as follows;

U12 mixed team - Silver medal losing to an all boys team from Ovens and Murray (inaugural 12 and under event winners in national titles)

U14 Girls - Gold medal win 9-4 vs Albury Tigers. Congratulations to Cassie Horne who was named named U14 goalkeeper of the tournament.

U14 Boys - Bronze medal win to MC Seals who defeated our U14 development boys team, the MC Otters 6 -2.

U16 Girls - Gold medal win 11-2 vs Richmond in convincing style.

U16 boys - Gold medal win 8-1 vs Richmond after a slow start coming from 2-1 at halftime.
Well done to Max Lowe who was named goalkeeper of the tournament.

Continue reading to view the story by Thomas Reeh (U12 coach, referee and parent) about the tournament experience of our U12 mixed team which sums up the spirit of Melbourne Collegians players beautifully…...

‘The U12 mixed team competed gallantly at the Geelong Club Championships. In the Round Robin matches the MC team had comfortable wins against Footscray, Geelong Marlins, The Pool Pirates, Essendon Water Ratz and then a loss against an experienced Sharks outfit, an all boys team. As it happens the Sharks were fielding a team that had won the National U12 Title a few months back in Wagga. 

With just one loss the MC team progressed to the Gold Medal Match against the undefeated Sharks. After the first quarter it was locked at 0:0 and the Sharks knew they were in for real fight. In a tough encounter with excellent skills on display from both teams the MC team ultimately succumbed 7:1. An excellent effort given our mixed team had never played together before. 

Tournament Water Polo provided our juniors with a first class opportunity to test their skills and endurance under proper match conditions with 6 games played over 2 days. A special mention from the coaching staff must be made about the sportsmanship that all our juniors displayed. We only had one player sent to the corner for the entire tournament and that was not because of the foul but because the referees’ call was not heard. All the players gave it their all and played in the right spirit from the outset. They should be justly proud of the way they all represented MC and of their podium finish’. 

A huge thanks you to all coaches, managers, volunteers and parents who supported our players through wind, rain and shine in Geelong. Congratulations and thanks to Geelong Marlins for a well run and enjoyable tournament.

Posted by Perry

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