Updated: Cheltenham lift national water polo title
Cheltenham water polo club are celebrating their first national league title in 42 years.
They emerged victorious from the British Water Polo League's Super 5s competition.
The title was won in Guildford yesterday after Cheltenham beat Portobello 17-9 and their nearest rivals Bristol lost 15-12 to Lancaster.
First team coach James Ross said this morning: "We are really, really pleased, it's a fantastic win for us.
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"We were a bit nervous going into the weekend, but we did the job.
"It was a real team effort, that what was critical.
"Everyone stepped up and everyone played for each other."
The game against Scottish side Portobello was close in the early stages.
It was 4-4 midway through the second period, but, by the halfway point, Cheltenham had built a 7-4 lead.
It was 11-6 to Cheltenham after three quarters and they then eased clear with six goals in the last quarter.
Mark Banwell, Will Middleton and captain David Taylor all scored hat-tricks for Cheltenham.
Cheltenham beat Bristol 26-9 this afternoon in their final game of the season.
Friends and family of the team will be watching them lift the trophy this evening.