Lancaster win British League title

Lancaster City captured the men’s British League Super 5s title after an enthralling final weekend of the season at Manchester Aquatics Centre (21/22 January). On day one, Lancaster needed a point against main rivals, City of Manchester, to be crowned champions. But in one of the best matches of the competition, they were beaten 10-9 – with Craig Hammond scoring the winner for Manchester in the last minute.

It meant that, if Lancaster and Manchester, who were now level on points, won their games on day two, the championship would be decided on goal difference. Manchester started with a significant advantage – a superior goal difference of three. But that meant nothing to Lancaster who, with eight-goal Tom Curwen in stunning form, demolished West London Penguin 22-7.

It left Manchester with the almost impossible task of beating Cheltenham by a 13-goal margin. Manchester won – but only 16-10. For more details and news of the first televising of British club water polo for many years, go to


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