New England Canoe Polo

NECP Celebrates Successful 2008 Season and Looks Forward to 2009

NECP recently celebrated a successful 2008 season with our yearly end-of-season party. As usual members ate too much, told stories from the previous year, and celebrated another year of polo with awards and officer elections.

2008 was marked by extensive recruiting and team development. We are ending the year with nearly twice as many regular players as we began, and we are very excited to welcome so many enthusiastic and talented new players to our ranks. We played in 4 local tournaments and fielded teams in two divisions in the US National competition in Austin, TX.

We had two players, Cheryl Crawford and Eva Lau, play on the US Women’s national team this year; Eva also serves as the team manager. We were honored to welcome several players from outside the greater Boston area to our teams, including US Women’s team coach Karl Wall and US national player Alan Lamb.

Once again the team prospered under the strong leadership of a dedicated officer corps, including President Bill Schoolcraft, Treasurer Betsy Reynolds, Insurance Coordinator Cheryl Crawford, Equipment Coordinator Nick Nagel, and New Player Liaison Allison Corbett.

Leading the club for 2009 will be President Allison Corbett; Betsy Reynolds, returning as club Treasurer; Rebecca Sugarman, who is taking over as our Insurance Coordinator; and Nick Nagel, returning as Equipment Coordinator.

NECP Looks Forward to 2008

In early November NECP held its annual end-of-season party. Amid much laughter, ribbing and storytelling, we celebrated the past year of playing, handed out awards, elected officers for next year, and looked forward to another year of polo.

In 2008 Bill Schoolcraft will return for a second term as club president, and Betsy Reynolds will reprise her role as club secretary. Cheryl Crawford will continue to handle insurance and Nick Nagel holds the thankless (but critical) job of equipment and gear coordination. Allison Corbett will manage the Web site, coordinate recruiting and serve as new player liaison. K Trepanier is our new PR guru.

In 2007 we designed and constructed new goals for Spy Pond, founded a partnership with the Watertown Boys & Girls Club, launched a new Web site, and hosted a summer tournament. We welcomed guest players from places as nearby as New York and as far away as Israel. We competed in five tournaments and welcomed new players who are bringing fresh skills and perspectives — not to mention a lot of enthusiasm! — to the club. And somehow we found time to work and sleep…at least most of the time!

We’re very excited about the challenges and opportunities that 2008 will bring. This year we’d like to expand our club and put in place a more structured new player training program. We’re also seeking an outdoor training location that will offer more permanent boat and gear storage and allow us to train more effectively.

If you’d like to play with us — or if you’d like to help or participate in some other way — drop us a line!

Congrats to Cheryl and Eva!

Congrats to NECP players Cheryl Crawford and Eva Lau, who were selected to play on the US Women’s National team under coach Karl Wall.

Cheryl, Eva and their teammates recently flew to Ireland to compete in the Irish Open competition. Flying out directly after US Nationals, the US team overcame fatigue, jet lag and chilly Irish weather to take first place in the women’s division. Go US Women!

US National Championships 2007

On September 14-16, 2007 NECP competed in the US National competition in the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte, NC.

We sent 4 teams in all, competing in the A, B, Women’s, and Open Divisions. Many of our players sharpened their skills by competing in more than one division. Our hard work this summer paid off when both our A division and women’s teams took 3rd place in their respective divisions.

Our B and Open teams put up a fierce fight in their divisions. We are particularly proud of our B division team, many of whom were new players. Several players stepped up to compete in the US Nationals as their first polo tournament.

Our teams were as follows:

Boston 1 (A Division): Heiko Cordt, Andy Gasparini, Andreas Knorr, Nick Nagel, Bill Schoolcraft, Scott Simpson, Karl Wall, and Oliver Will.

Lady Lobsters (Women’s Division): Artemis Agelaridou, Rebecca Brumer, Allison Corbett, Cheryl Crawford, and Betsy Reynolds.

Boston Bees (B Division): Rebecca Brumer, Allison Corbett, John Corbett, Steph Koufman, Betsy Reynolds, and Jim Twohig.

Boston Freefall (Open Division): Rebecca Brumer, Allison Corbett, John Corbett, Andy Gasparini, Eva Lau, Nick Nagel, Betsy Reynolds, Bill Schoolcraft, Karl Wall, and Oliver Will.

Many thanks to the Carolina Kayak Polo Club for organizing a great competition!