City of Manchester were in impressive form as they powered unbeaten through Group A of the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships Girls’ U17 Prelims.
The six-time winners, who finished fourth last year, racked up 34 goals from their four matches as they sealed their spot in the Qualifiers with victories over City of Leeds, Cheltenham, Otter and Grantham.
Anya Clapperton was Manchester’s top scorer of the Prelims, netting 12 times, while Lucy Thomas also contributed with 10.
Last year’s champions London Otter were the second team through from Group A, seeing off eventual third-placed City of Leeds 3-1 in their first match then securing more comprehensive victories over Grantham and Cheltenham.
Last year’s runners-up City of Liverpool won all three of their matches in Group B to ensure that three of last year’s four finalists will return for another crack at the trophy.
The three-time champions cruised past Bristol Central and Caledonia before securing a 5-4 victory in their group decider against Exeter, who secured the fourth spot at next weekend’s Qualifiers as Group B runners-up.
- Click here to download simplified match sheets from the Girls U17 Group A Prelims.
Girls’ U17 Prelim
|City of Leeds||1 – 3||Otter||FT|
|Grantham||8 – 2||Cheltenham||FT|
|City of Manchester||9 – 2||City of Leeds||FT|
|Otter||7 – 0||Grantham||FT|
|Cheltenham||3 – 13||City of Manchester||FT|
|City of Leeds||7 – 3||Grantham||FT|
|City of Manchester||9 – 4||Otter||FT|
|City of Leeds||8 – 3||Cheltenham||FT|
|Otter||11 – 3||Cheltenham||FT|
|City of Manchester||13 – 1||Grantham||FT|
|City of Manchester||4||4||0||0||34||8|
|City of Leeds||4||2||0||2||0||4|
- Click here to download simplified match sheets from the Girls U17 Group B Prelims.
Girls’ U17 Prelim
|City of Liverpool||13 – 2||Bristol Central||FT|
|Exeter||8 – 2||Caledonia||FT|
|City of Liverpool||12 – 2||Caledonia||FT|
|Exeter||10 – 1||Bristol Central||FT|
|City of Liverpool||5 – 4||Exeter||FT|
|Caledonia||5 – 6||Bristol Central||FT|
|City of Liverpool||3||3||0||0||22||6|