Last year’s U17 bronze medallists Crawley impressed to claim top spot in Group A of the 2015 ASA National Age Group Water Polo Girls’ U19 Prelims.
The London outfit, who finished fourth in the U19 age group in 2014, won all three of their matches in Walsall, beating City of Leeds, defending champions City of Liverpool and Cheltenham to book their spot in April’s Qualification Round.
Crawley’s match against Liverpool was one of the closest of the day as the underdogs turned round a 3-2 deficit at half-time to claim a 9-7 victory with Danica Brazier bagging a hat-trick.
Liverpool were untouchable in their other two matches, bagging 35 goals to secure second spot in the group while City of Leeds beat Cheltenham 8-6 to finish third.
City of Manchester win Group B to close in on finals
Last year’s runners-up City of Manchester won Group B to move a step closer to the Finals weekend, securing victories over Otter and Caledonia.
Anya Clapperton – who finished top of the goal-scoring charts in yesterday’s U17 Prelims – continued her rich vein of form with seven goals across the two games for the seven-time champions.
Last year’s U17 champions London Otter will be the fifth side in the Qualification Round as they saw off Caledonia 9-3 before a nail-biting 8-7 defeat to Manchester.
- Click here to download simplified match sheets from the Girls U19 Group A Prelims.
Girls U19 Prelim
|Cheltenham||0 – 18||City of Liverpool||FT|
|City of Leeds||5 – 13||Crawley||FT|
|Cheltenham||6 – 8||City of Leeds||FT|
|City of Liverpool||7 – 9||Crawley||FT|
|Cheltenham||1 – 7||Crawley||FT|
|City of Liverpool||17 – 1||City of Leeds||FT|
|City of Liverpool||3||2||0||1||32||4|
|City of Leeds||3||1||0||2||-22||2|
- Click here to download simplified match sheets from the Girls U19 Group B Prelims.
Girls U19 Prelim
|Caledonia||3 – 12||City of Manchester||FT|
|Caledonia||3 – 9||Otter||FT|
|City of Manchester||8 – 7||Otter||FT|
|City of Manchester||2||2||0||0||10||4|