Croydon boys come out on top in Manchester
10 April 2012
Croydon’s Academy Boys Team emerged victorious at the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships 2012 which took place at Manchester Aquatics Centre on 24 March.
The team which included fifth highest goal scorer of the competition, Ashley Castle started the tournament well by winning two of their three Group B matches. In Group A the team from Invicta had also started well winning all four of their qualifying games.
The semi finals saw Croydon take on home team City of Manchester beating them comfortably 9-1 while Invicta played a much closer match against Sedgefield. Even a hat-trick by second highest goal scorer, Ben Turnbull couldn’t help Sedgefield claim a place in the final with the match finishing a close 5-3 in Invicta’s favour.
The climax of the competition saw Group A winners Invicta take on Group B victors Croydon. The match proved an exciting end to the day’s hard battles with impressive goals from both sides. Croyden eventually stormed to victory stealing the show with an extraordinary 10- 3 win over their rivals.
Home team City of Manchester finished third after a nail biting third and fourth place play off with Sedgefield which finished 4-3 to the North West team.
Watford finished fifth, just ahead of City of Sheffield. City of Birmingham, Welsh Wanderers and Cheltenham finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
For a full list of results and match statistics please click here.