South East Anderida crowned Inter-Region champions for first timeAugust 8, 2018
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.
Fixtures & Results
|Ireland||8 – 7||South East||FT|
|West Midlands||11 – 2||North West Ravens||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 6||South West||FT|
|South East||2 – 3||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|West Midlands||19 – 1||Wales||FT|
|South East||3 – 6||South West||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 4||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|North West Ravens||6 – 6||Wales||FT|
|South West||6 – 6||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|North West Tigers||4||4||0||0||31||8|
|North East Steelers||4||3||0||1||24||6|
Fixtures & Results
|East||7 – 22||London Sharks||FT|
|East Midlands||6 – 9||North West Tigers||FT|
|East||9 – 25||North East Steelers||FT|
|London Sharks||10 – 13||North West Tigers||FT|
|East Midlands||6 – 13||North East Steelers||FT|
|London Sharks||15 – 10||East Midlands||FT|
|East||8 – 30||North West Tigers||FT|
|London Sharks||8 – 12||North East Steelers||FT|
|East||4 – 16||East Midlands||FT|
|North West Tigers||11 – 8||North East Steelers||FT|
|Scotland||3 – 4||South East||FT|
|Wales||2 – 15||South East||FT|
|Scotland||20 – 2||Wales||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 1||NW Ravens||FT|
|West Midlands||6 – 7||South West||FT|
|NW Ravens||6 – 10||West Midlands||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 5||South West||FT|