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Town hope to win another national title

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

victory:  Super Fives champions

victory: Super Fives champions

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CHELTENHAM'S water polo men's team travel to Manchester for the finals of the British Gas championship this weekend.

Cheltenham go through as one of the top two teams from the group stages of the competition, having been undefeated during the first weekend of the tournament earlier this month.

They will face the second-place team in group B, Lancaster, in the first of the two semi-finals.

The other semi-final will see group B winners Bristol Central take on City of Manchester, who were second in group A.

Having achieved bronze medal position for the last two seasons, the Cheltenham Swimming and Water Polo Club team will be looking to go one step further and reach the final.

Coach James Ross said: "This year is already the club's most successful season since 1971, with the league title secured in late January.

"So to reach the final of the British Gas Championship in the same year would be the icing on the cake and testament to the hard work that the whole squad has put in over the last 12 months.

"Cheltenham have already beaten all of the other semi-finalists at least twice during the league and Super Fives competitions this season and so hopes for our side are high.

"The British Gas Championship is now at the knockout stage, so every game is crucial."

Cheltenham take on Lancaster at 1pm on Saturday at the Manchester Aquatic Centre.

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