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
North East Steelers11 – 1Scotland SaltiresFT
North West Lightning2 – 8London SharksFT
South West14 – 1South East SolentFT
North East Steelers14 – 1North West LightningFT
Scotland Saltires3 – 9South WestFT
South East Solent1 – 19London SharksFT
North West Lightning2 – 16South WestFT
North East Steelers3 – 1London SharksFT
Scotland Saltires9 – 3South East SolentFT
North East Steelers7 – 7South WestFT
Scotland Saltires3 – 6London SharksFT
South East Solent3 – 11North West LightningFT
Scotland Saltires5 – 3North West LightningFT
North East Steelers28 – 2South East SolentFT
London Sharks2 – 9South WestFT
League Table
North East Steelers5410519
South West5410409
London Sharks5302186
Scotland Saltires5203-114
North West Lightning5104-272
South East Solent5005-710

Group B

Fixtures & Results
West Midlands2 – 3North West ThunderFT
East Angels4 – 3East MidlandsFT
Ireland6 – 3South East AnderidaFT
West Midlands3 – 4East AngelsFT
North West Thunder2 – 8IrelandFT
South East Anderida8 – 0East MidlandsFT
East Angels3 – 14IrelandFT
West Midlands5 – 3East MidlandsFT
North West Thunder1 – 6South East AnderidaFT
West Midlands3 – 11IrelandFT
North West Thunder7 – 1East MidlandsFT
South East Anderida8 – 2East AngelsFT
North West Thunder8 – 7East AngelsFT
West Midlands2 – 8South East AnderidaFT
East Midlands1 – 12IrelandFT
League Table
South East Anderida5401228
North West Thunder5302-36
East Angels5203-164
West Midlands5104-142
East Midlands5005-280


9-12 Playoffs
North West Lightning5 – 6East MidsFT
West Mids10 – 4South East SolentFT
London Sharks5 – 7East AngelsFT
North West Thunder6 – 4Scotland SaltiresFT
Semi Finals
North East Steelers7 – 8South East AnderidaFT
Ireland 13 – 5South WestFT
11-12 Playoff Pitch B
North West Lightning10 – 3South East Solent...;/;//.;'/
9-10 Playoff Pitch A
East Midlands4 – 1West MidlandsFT
7-8 Playoff Pitch B
London Sharks6 – 2ScotlandFT
5-6 Playoff Pitch A
East Angels8 – 6North West ThunderFT
Bronze Match
North East Steelers8 – 10South WestFT
South East Anderida9 – 8Ireland FT