Barnstaple Swimming Club welcomed Kettering Water Polo Club at North Devon Leisure Centre on bank holiday Monday.

The fixture is now a firm tradition, with the two clubs having played each other every late May bank holiday for the last 47 years.

After suffering an 11-9 defeat last year, this time Barnstaple came away from the match victorious, winning 16-7.

The younger Barnstaple team utilised their skill, speed and varied their attacks to negate Kettering’s physical strength.

Barum’s England U19 international Tom Hutchens scored six goals for the home team. Rob Squires chipped in with three and there were two apiece for Bob Whittaker and Jake Patrick. James Gardner, Jacob West and Nigel Smith also scored.

The game was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Barnstaple secretary Joan Squire and Kettering’s Roger Patrick. The two were the instigators and regular organisers of the traditional fixture.