Published on March 21 2017 for The Yorkshire Evening Post. Print.

Water polo may not be the most obvious sport to add to a list of Leeds based sporting achievements, but Leeds City Water Polo Club ladies team are hoping to make a splash as they enter Britain’s most prominent water polo competition for the first time in the club’s history.

The Leeds Sharks will be entering The Championship finals, which brings together the top English, Scottish and Welsh water polo teams for a competition that is spread across three weekends.

The team will head to London on April 1 to get the competition underway, before having home advantage as Leeds will host the tournament on April 8/9. The competition is decided in Manchester on the weekend of April 22/23.

Leeds Sharks Coach Mark Sutcliffe said: “We’re obviously all thrilled to have made history but we’re under no illusions about how tough the finals are going to be

“This is a talented and tenacious bunch of ladies though, ad we’re confident that we’ll be in great shape to give the best of Britain a run for their money.”

Leeds City Water Polo Club was established in 1964, and incorporates senior ladies and mens teams as well as mixed under 16 and under 14 junior teams. The Sharks train three times a week at The Edge in Leeds, and they will be reaching out to club members and regular Edge users for additional support to cheer the ladies on when the competition comes to West Yorkshire in April.

After months of preparation in and out of the pool, Sharks captain Jo Duncan says the team are ready for the challenge.

She said: “”Reaching the finals of a nationwide championship is a major achievement in any sport, and we’re all absolutely delighted to see our hard work come to fruition.

“In such a physical and demanding sport like water polo, success always seems even sweeter given that it comes after such an intense preparation programme. We’re confident that we will give everything we’ve got to do Leeds proud!”

If Leeds’s history girls can conquer the UK, then it will be open the door to a host of tournaments across Europe.

You can follow the Sharks progress in the competition on social media and their website: https://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/leedssharks/