Aidan’s making a real splash in the world of water polo

Aidan O'Reilly
Aidan O'Reilly

Newtownabbey’s Aidan O’Reilly really shone last month when the Irish Under-17 water polo squad lifted the Tri Nations Trophy in Glasgow.

The Glengormley teen scored the opening goal against Scotland and was involved in most of the other scores, finishing with an impressive double hat-trick in the 23 - 4 rout of the Scots.

In the other match against Wales he scored twice in what was a much closer affair which Ireland won 8 -6.

Aidan first came to the fore when he was selected two years in a row as the most valuable player in the Annual Firestone Under-15 tournament, organised by Grads water polo team.

He recognises the part this tournament plays in the development of junior players and recommends anyone interested in seeing exactly what the game is all about, and why it is recognised as one of the most physically demanding sports, to make a point of catching some games.

This year’s tournament starts on September 27 in the Grove Wellbeing Centre. It concludes on September 29 in the Falls Leisure Centre with the semi-finals and finals.

Organisers say the event is recognised as the premier tournament for the age group it serves, and this year will feature in excess of 50 games including several members of the junior Irish male and female teams.

Organisers Joe Connolly and Daniel Fox are delighted with the entry list which includes a team from Manchester.

Grads currently have teams in national competition at Senior, Under-19, Under-16 and Under-14 levels and is currently preparing for Ulster development games at Under-12.

Anyone interested in water polo can contact Grads via the Grove Wellbeing Centre.