The U19 Water Polo semis took place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre today, and some closely contested games led to unexpected outcomes in the girls’ competition.
Girls’ U19 Water Polo semis
The girls were first up in the evening after the excitement of the U17s, and it was all to play for as the first semi kicked off between City of Liverpool and Mid-Sussex Marlins. The Marlins knew they were expecting some heavy and determined competition, after the Liverpool side made it through the qualifiers unbeaten. Despite putting up a fight, the Marlins lost out in a 11-5 defeat.
City of Liverpool have secured their place in the final and go on to face London Otter, the silver medallists from last year.
The second match in the girls’ competition was an exciting one, with last year’s champions City of Manchester taking on second place Otter. The competition had been highly intense last year, but in a surprise turn of events Otter managed to keep pressure on the Manchester side to make their way into the finals tomorrow.
Boys’ U19 Water Polo semis
The boys were almost too close to call in both semis, with City of Manchester and Lancaster up first to play. City of Manchester were certainly the favourite as reigning champions from last year, but Lancaster had been strong throughout the competition so far, so it was going to be close. The final score ended 7-6 to Manchester, but it could have been anyone’s game.
It was a very similar outcome in the second match of the competition, with Exeter just pipping Watford to the post in an 11-10 victory. They will be looking to improve on last year’s fourth place finish.