Canoe Polo

Pennine win Setúbal Cup – International Canoe Polo Tournament


Last weekend, Pennine CRC continued an established tradition of British success at the Setúbal Cup with a win documented and celebrated (with footage of games and interviews) by FPCanoagem TV…

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Pennine Canoe and Rowing Club has had an active Canoe Polo scene for more than 20 years. Youngsters and senior players alike train on the River Calder in Mirfield and at in Pool Sessions at Dewsbury Sports Centre, with teams competing at all levels of both the national and regional league structures.

Pennine’s A team competes in the highly competitive National league 1 and contains players who are either current or former members of the Great Britain National teams. Pennine members have competed at European and World Championships.

To claim the 2016 Setúbal Cup, the team contested games over two days with top teams from Portugal, The Netherlands and Spain. The win continues a tradition of British success in the event, with Meridian Canoe Club having won in 2000 and 2004.

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Pennine Canoe Polo place 10th in the Gekko International, Belgium

Pennine A, current national league runners up, were placed 10th in the Gekko International competition in Gent, Belgium.


The team faced a tough initial group stage where they got a good win against the Holland U21 national side 7-3 before adding another win against club team Triton 9-3.

The next match saw Pennine challenge the ex-European Club champions Conde Sur Vire from France. The Yorkshire club put in a great performance that ended in a narrow defeat 3-2 in the dying seconds of the game from leading the French side 2-1 at half time. This meant that Pennine had to beat the current British Champions to progress to the top 8 teams. After a hard fought battle with 2 sin bins from Pennine players for highly debatable technical offences the reigning British Champions prevailed to win 6-1.


This unfortunately put the Yorkshire club out of the competition to place them 10th overall.

The result was a little disappointing bearing in mind that the two tournament finalists were the same two teams that beat Pennine in the group stages. However the team is young and looking to progress and improve on their recent status as “the 2nd best team in Britain”, ready for next season.

Team List

Michael Smith
James Longley
David Edwards
Daniel Bailey
Matthew Fletcher
Gallin Montgomery

Pennine will be back in action on October 4-5th after qualifying for the European Club Championships for the first time in the club’s history. They will travel to Saint Omer in France to compete against the top 30 club teams in Europe.


Pennine players Matthew Fletcher, James Longley and Gallin Montgomery will be representing the Great Britain Men at the World Canoe Polo Championships from 24th-28th September with David Edwards coaching the Great Britain Men U21’s. Daniel Bailey and Michael Smith have also put in good performances for the Great Britain B team this year.The club are actively seeking sponsorship and funding which can be displayed on club kit and boats etc. If anyone could help the club out with funding please contact

Pennine Polo Players set to make global impact…again

This season saw the Pennine under 16 making a reapearence in Yorkshire leauge, Pennine C compete in Yorkshire Div 2 introducing a number of new players, Pennine B reclaim their place in National Div 2 and Pennine A finish 2nd in the National League and qualify for the European Championships in St Omer later this year.

The summer see many taking a break but not the clubs elite James Longley will Captain Great Britains mean team at the world championships at his 9th consecutive major tournament. He hopes to add to the World Under 21 gold he achieved in 2008 and the mens european bronze in 2011. James is joind in the mens team by Pennine´s Matt Fletcher and Gallin Montgomery both who achieve world bronce in 2010 and hoping to add to thier success after 4 and 5 major championships respectively.

The three selected for the GB mens A are not the only players t represent the club at the highest level of the sport. Danny Bailey, who´s dad Mark many Tuesday night paddlers know well, has been representing the club and training with his team mates since the winter as has fellow A team player Micheal Smith.

Pennine B 2014-15 player Nathan Robinson who has trained with the club for the last year as has Kartick McCutcheon will be part of the Under 21 Squad coached by Pennine´s David Edwards.

The world championships will be in Thury-Harcourt, France before then Pennine A will be competing at the DePaddel tournament in Ieper and Gent jnternational for Pennine.



New Site at Mirfield is taking Shape

If you haven’t seen on facebook there has been a lot of work at Battyeford. Following agreeing access and securing £12,500 we have started to build the landing stage.

We hope to have the landing stage finishes to enable sessions to take place over the summer.

We are going to install three containers on site one for rowing, one for racing, and one for polo and recreation.

The rowing section is rapidly Gathering a fleet of rowing boats thanks to generous donations from clubs across the country and British Rowing.

Polo Players have started to plan installing training facilities on sites.

All in all there is a lot of work being done to create a top class facility worthy of the club and region.







A&B Team Polo Dates

Please see the finalised dates for the 2013-2014 season – there are changes to Y&H Div1 which affect both the A and B team and for Div3N for the B team.
A Team
National Div 1 – 4th Jan (Cov), 15th Feb (Cov), 1st Mar (Stockport), 10th/11th May Playoffs
North West Div 1 (all at Stockport) – 26th Oct, 14th Dec, 11th Jan, 15th Mar
Regional Div 1 – 23rd Nov (York), 18th Jan (York), 12th/13th April (Kingston outdoor)
B Team
National Div3N – 2nd Nov (Cheadle), 8th Feb (York), 5th April (York), 19th April (Stockport), 10th/11th May Playoffs
North West Div 1 (All at Stockport) – 26th Oct, 14th Dec, 11th Jan, 15th Feb
Regional Div 1 – 23rd Nov (York), 18th Jan (York), 12th/13th April (Kingston outdoor)

C Team Dates to Follow Shortley



Tim Bland

Busy Summer preparing for new polo season

Following an extremely successful 12/13 season we have now entered the summer season. The A team will be playing Hull and a number of other tournaments home and abroad.

Players who are members and training with the Club will be representing us at Great Britain Level. Pennine A’s James Longley will Captain GB men at this year’s European Championships in France, Charlotte Lister will represent GB ladies at Europeans and world Games, Gallin Montgomery and Mathew Fletcher are also in the Mens Squad with Chris Newbury narrowly missing out on selection.

The Club will be entering teams in Yorkshire Div 1 (A&B Team) & 2 (C Team), North West Div 1 (Two teams), and National League 1 (A team) and Div 3 (B Team).

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Sunday Sessions

We are starting Sunday Morning Sessions running from Gill Bridge Mirfield, 10:00.

Sessions are aimed at beginners and intermediate paddlers to develop paddling skills and move towards competition disciplines.

If you are new to paddling outside check out clubs pages for advice

Facilities info

Pennine Basic Canoeing Gear

As the equipment is not on site you most contact Andrew or Viv to ensure arrangements are made for boats etc.

email or contact 07866692410

Pennine A start their title defence

Pennine A & B polo teams started their Yorkshire League Season last night. Players were trying to remember when Pennine last didn’t win the league. The A team’s start suggested whenever it was it’s likely there is another on the way. 7-4, 1-0, and 4-1 victories over FOA B, FOA A and White Rose A made for a reasonable start even if the team never really got out of 2nd gear.

The B team on the other hand still believe they are as good as they used to think they were. Disappointingly throwing away (literally) half time lead over FOA B to lose 7-2 and 2-1 defeat to rivals White Rose A, again conspiring in their own downfall passing to the opposition under their own unguarded net. The evening finished well with a 6-1 victory over FOA A and 12-3 victory over White Rose B. It seemed that for the first two games the team just didn’t turn up!

A Team:- Chris Newbury, Michael Smith, David Edwards, Andy Davision, James Longley and Chris Quinn

B Team:- Daniel Bailey, Andrew Carden, Robert Edwards, Matthew Street, Tim Bland and Peter Beverley

Goal Scorers on the night for Pennine

James Longley 7

Daniel Bailey 7

Chris Newbury 2

Chris Quinn 3

Tim Bland 4

Andrew Carden 3

Robert Edwards 2

Peter Beverly 2

Matthew Street 2

Andy Davison 1

Michael Smith 1

David Edwards 1

Next Tournament is 10th Nov


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