Lyme Splash Water Polo back for a second year as part of the Lyme Regis Carnival Week

PUBLISHED: 10:56 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:56 24 June 2018

The Welsh Warriors were the runners-up in the 2017 Lyme Splash competition

The Welsh Warriors were the runners-up in the 2017 Lyme Splash competition

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The second Lyme Splash Water Polo Championship has launched and will take place on August 5 with a 10am start and be held as part of Carnival Week.

Water polo action from the 2017 Lyme Splash competitionWater polo action from the 2017 Lyme Splash competition

The event will take place at the back of The Cobb Centre in the harbour pontoons and a floating pitch allowing for twice as many teams as last year – so 12 teams can now sign up.

Last year’s winners, Western-super-Mare, and runners up Welsh Warriors have already signed up and are back to do battle in the harbour! More teams are needed to take part from around the country but especially Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall.

Either an experienced ASA Seniors team or beginners, as the games will be played in two leagues: Splash for beginners and Dash for more experienced ASA players, so everyone can enjoy the championship!

Teams need to have a minimum of seven players; a goalie and six fielders, although 11+ members is usually advised so that ‘subs’ can be bought on to give players a rest. The cost is £50 per team, although all team members need to register http://www.lyme-splash.com/water-polo-event

Dorset-based artisan ice-cream maker Baboo Gelato, has once again stepped up to sponsor the even, generously providing the infrastructure needed, winners’ medals and delicious prizes.

“Baboo Gelato is excited to be sponsoring the Lyme Splash Water Polo Championship for the second year. The teams last year had so much fun, and the volunteers put in an incredible amount of hard work that made for a wonderful day. This year it’s going to be bigger and better, and we can’t wait. Lyme Regis has a fantastic calendar of events all summer long, and we hope this will become a landmark fixture, eventually attracting teams from across the country and beyond,” said Annie Hanbury, Founder of Baboo Gelato.

The Cobb Centre has again kindly provided the players’ centre, where they can warm up with a hot cuppa and biscuits sponsored by Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, Martin Diplock.

Bridport Barracudas and Swim England South West Region Water Polo have also been massively supportive of this event providing back up, kit, referees and organizing the games timetable. The District Council and Harbor Master Grahame Foreshaw MBE and his team have also pulled out all the stops to make this event happen.

This year’s Lyme Splash raffle has a first prize £625 woodworking course from The Boat Building Academy, who might also be entering another Splash team from their pupils and staff this year. There are many other prizes from local companies. Tickets will be sold on the day or can be bought online at http://www.lyme-splash.com/polo-raffle/ for £1 each. All proceeds this year will be going to four charities: B Sharp, Two Minute Beach Clean Up, Plastic Free Lyme Regis and Water Aid.

“It’s exciting to be able to hold our championship again.There has been so much hard work put in to make this happen for a second year. This year the floating pitch will make it easier for spectators to see the games and cheer on their favourite team. Once again, our wonderful sponsors and volunteers have excelled themselves – without them this event couldn’t take place,” said Karen Durham-Diggins, chair, Lyme Splash.

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