North West Thunder win Girls’ U14 Inter Regional title04/12/2017
North West Thunder won the Swim England Inter Regional girls’ U14 crown for the first time at last weekend’s Championships in Walsall.
Having stormed through the group stage with three wins from three, they defeated 2015 champions London in the semi-finals before a 7-4 victory over North East in the final.
Thunder’s northern rivals proved a tough nut to crack in the final, holding them to 3-3 at half-time and 4-4 at the final interval.
But a final quarter hat-trick from Harriet Dickens went unanswered in the fourth quarter as North West became the fourth different winner of the girls’ U14 title in as many years.
Five great performances
“We were very proud of the girls for putting in five great team performances over the weekend,” said North West Thunder coach Izzy Howe.
“They put into practice the key skills we had developed during our Regional Academy sessions and stuck to the tactics we had prepared, which helped us to control and win each of our games.
“There is no doubt that having the players together for a tournament like this helps improve their individual performances, as well as those of the team.”
South East, who finished second behind North West Thunder in the group stage, won bronze with a 16-5 defeat of London.
Caitlin Silk led the charge for the South East, scoring 10 of their 16 goals, including five in the third quarter.
Results and Group Table
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|5 – 8 Playoff|
|Scottish Saltires||3 – 7||East Midlands|
|East Angels||3 – 5||South West|
|North East||10 – 4||South East|
|North West Thunder||7 – 3||London|
|7 – 8 Playoff|
|Scottish Saltires||9 – 7||East Angels|
|5 – 6 Playoff|
|East Midlands||7 – 8||South West|
|3 – 4 Playoff|
|South East||16 – 5||London|
|North East||4 – 7||North West Thunder|
Group A Results
|North East||18 – 2||South West|
|London||11 – 4||Scottish Saltires|
|London||9 – 2||South West|
|North East||21 – 4||Scottish Saltires|
|North East||14 – 6||London|
|South West||8 – 5||Scottish Saltires|
Group A Table
Group B Results
|East Midlands||6 – 5||East Angels|
|South East||5 – 8||North West Thunder|
|East Midlands||2 – 9||North West Thunder|
|South East||13 – 2||East Angels|
|East Angels||3 – 10||North West Thunder|
|East Midlands||3 – 12||South East|
Group B Table
|North West Thunder||3||3||0||0||17||6|