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Day Two of the National Age Group Water Polo Champs

28 April 2013

It was another clean sweep for Manchester on the second day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

All Manchester teams in the junior and youth age groups for both girls and boys fought hard to take four gold medals away from four events at their home pool.

Manchester secured their first gold medal of the day against Liverpool in the Youth Girls Final. There were a number of near misses on both sides in a frustrating first quarter but Liverpool’s Eve Simpson was able to sneak past the keeper, putting Liverpool 1-0 ahead. Liverpool’s lead was short-lived and Manchester cemented their lead in the second half of the game, taking gold with a final score of 9-4. The Most Valuable Player Award went to Manchester’s Katy Andrew.

In the Youth Boys Final Manchester and Solihull faced off, both teams looking eager from the off but Manchester dominated throughout, eventually winning by a huge margin of 20-6. Remmy Gorton scored two of Manchester’s goals and was named Most Valuable Player.

City of Manchester triumphed again in the Junior Girls Final against an under-confident Liverpool side. In the first quarter Manchester made many attempts to break away but Liverpool stayed on their heels, the first quarter finishing 5-5. The gap between the teams grew as the match went on, with a number of powerful shots by Rosie Huck making Manchester the clear winners at 18-12.

Manchester faced their toughest challenge in the Junior Boys Final against Birmingham. Both teams’ defences were incredibly strong with fantastic saves from both Manchester’s Dylan Green, named Most Valuable Player and Birmingham’s Wesley Connellan. After a close contest Manchester started to pull away in the third quarter and in the end won the gold medal comfortably 9-4.

In the Youth Girls Bronze Medal Match Crawley had a strong start and were ahead until the third quarter when Otters made a brave comeback to lead 7-4. Crawley didn’t have an answer and the bronze went to Otters 10-6.

Exeter put up a strong fight against Lancaster to secure the bronze medal in the Youth Boys category. The final score was 14 – 12 and tensions were high throughout, with Lancaster’s Zak Lamb receiving a red card for misconduct and a Lancaster coach being asked to leave the poolside.

After a slow start to the Junior Girls Bronze Medal match, London Otters put in a convincing win over Birmingham with a final score of 12-5.

In the Junior Boys bronze medal match it was Solihull against Lancaster. Lancaster took an early lead but Solihull were not deterred and fought hard to come back to 4-4 by half time. Lancaster were able to come back briefly but couldn’t hold off Solihull who went onto win the bronze 13-9.The Lancaster coach was again banned from the poolside after a tirade of foul language.

Graeme Thompson, Water Polo Performance Director said, “I find it incredibly encouraging to see how the players are performing. Many of the players here today are in our under 17 England Talent Programme so it’s great to see some really competitive games.

“On another note, I’m so pleased to see some of our GB players such as Ella Chadderton, Fiona McCann and Joe O’Regan here today supporting clubs and coaching younger players.”

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