South East Anderida crowned Inter-Region champions for first time

South East Anderida stunned unbeaten Ireland to win their first U16s Inter-Regions title after a thrilling final.

They trailed 6-2 at one stage but triumphed 9-8 at Millfield School to gain revenge from their opening game group defeat against Ireland.

It’s the first time the South East region has won a title since they were formed back in 2007 and head coach Ewan Partridge said: “What a wonderful moment for water polo in the South East.

“We came to the tournament with the aim of finishing in the top five, ensuring we would be in Division One of the U18s with this talented group of young players in 2020.

“Our victory was hard won, by the narrowest of margins, with a talented bright team that contained only two full age players.

“I would like to dedicate this win to the coaches, from club level and up, and the team managers that have down the years built us up to this great moment.

“Thank you to the organisers, officials and venue for a wonderful weekend.”

Anderida bounce back

South East Anderida bounced back from their opening group game defeat against Ireland with four straight wins to book their place in the semi-finals.

They faced high-scoring North East Steelers who topped Group A on goal difference after winning four and drawing one of their five matches.

But it was Anderida who booked their place in the final with a slender 8-7 victory, Caitlin Silk scoring four times for the victors.

Group B winners Ireland faced South West in the last four and cruised to a 13-5 win – Eva Ramsey scoring five.

Ireland stormed into a 6-2 lead in the final but Anderida were determined to avenge that opening game loss and took the title, with Nicole Fawcett scoring four and Silk bagging a hat-trick.

South West won the bronze medal as Jasmine Coleman scored seven to help seal a 10-8 win over the North East Steelers.

All four will be in Division One in the U18s League in 2020, along with East Angels who took fifth spot with an 8-6 play-off win against North West Thunder.

Group A

Fixtures & Results
London Sharks9 – 12IrelandFT
North West Tigers18 – 6EastFT
London Sharks7 – 14North East SteelersFT
Ireland12 – 12EastFT
North West Tigers18 – 7North East SteelersFT
Ireland8 – 12North West TigersFT
London Sharks9 – 14EastFT
Ireland3 – 5North East SteelersFT
London Sharks4 – 19North West TigersFT
East5 – 14North East SteelersFT
League Table
North West Tigers4400428
North East Steelers430176
London Sharks4004-300

Group B

Fixtures & Results
West Midlands3 – 5North West RavensFT
East Midlands5 – 6Scotland SaltiresFT
West Midlands4 – 5South EastFT
North West Ravens10 – 5WalesFT
East Midlands5 – 7South WestFT
North West Ravens6 – 8South EastFT
West Midlands5 – 4WalesFT
Scotland Saltires7 – 8South WestFT
South East10 – 4WalesFT
Group B
South East330096
North West Ravens320154
West Midlands3102-22


5-7 Playoff
West Midlands5 – 6WalesFT
East Midlands14 – 5WalesFT
West Midlands6 – 9East MidlandsFT
1-4 Playoff
South East3 – 5ScotlandFT
South West13 – 6North West RavensFT
3-4 Playoff
South East2 – 9North West RavensFT
1-2 Playoff
Scotland11 – 8South West FT