08 July 2019

London Youth Games Water Polo tournament sees John Lyon take trophy

The London Youth Games Water Polo tournament has seen a great comeback performance by John Lyon, overcoming early disappointment to scoop the plate trophy.

The U15 squad of 13 John Lyon boys travelled to the Crystal Palace National Sport Centre on Saturday 29th June to represent Harrow Borough against 12 other London boroughs in the high quality Water Polo tournament.

The toughest of group draws saw John Lyon / Harrow Borough come up against last year’s bronze medalists Bromley and gold medalists (and this year’s eventual champions once again) Southwark in the first round, and despite spirited performances could not avoid defeat in both.

With cup victory now out of reach, Harrow then went to the second-tier plate competition, where they went on to dominate the next four matches, beating Enfield, Ealing, Wandsworth and Lewisham, scoring 39 and conceding just eight goals, with star performances by Jason Mahmutoglu and Oliver Castell, an impressive feat against teams that are run as Water Polo clubs and play more regularly than the John Lyon school team.

The stunning run of four wins saw team captain Arav Bhatia lift the plate trophy, placing Harrow 9th in the London Youth Games Water Polo tournament overall.

John Lyon Swimming Coach, Mr Jovica Nikolovski was proud of the team’s performance. He said: “This is the third time John Lyon has represented Harrow in the London Youth Games and our performances have got better each time. With a kinder draw in the first round I believe we would definitely have been able to compete for a medal this year, our later performances showing that we will definitely come back even stronger next time.

Congratulations to the whole London Youth Games Water Polo squad: Arav Bhatia, Jason Mahmutoglu, David Pruteanu, Patrick Colson, Cory Costigan, Oliver Castell, Alexander Rothwell, Tristan Doyle, David Self, Shaan Sokhal, Aaron Esser, William Mitchell, Ethan Greaves, and also Gabriel Van Jaarsveld who assisted as team manager.