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City of Bristol claim U19 Girls Water Polo Plate

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City of Bristol dominated the Girls U19 plate competition at the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships in Manchester.

Although there were only three teams in the competition, Bristol came into both of their matches with an air of confidence.

City of Bristol team captain, Emily Watkins, commented on their performance: “It feels amazing to win the Girls U19 Plate. We haven’t won anything for a while and we don’t really train with all the girls we played with, but we worked really well as a team.

“We had a bit team talk at the start of the competition, which got us motivated. There was some team bonding too – and we went out thinking we were going to win. I think having that in our minds made us want the win even more.”

Otter Futura played Cheltenham in the final match of the Plate tournament to see who claimed second place. It was a tough match, but Otter took the win 4-3 at the final whistle.

Girls U19 Plate Results


City of Bristol5 – 4CheltenhamFT
City of Bristol5 – 2Otter FuturaFT
Cheltenham3 – 4Otter FuturaFT

Group Table

City of Bristol220044
Otter Futura2002-40

Bridgefield take U17 Boys Plate

Bridgefield secured the U17 Boys Plate after a top performance throughout the tournament. The team sailed through the group stage unbeaten, and faced Watford in the final. Watford were also unbeaten in the group stage, so the final promised to be interesting.

There was almost nothing separating the teams, both keepers performing some impressive saves over the two halves of the match. Both teams scored one apiece in the first half. Petar Djordjic put one in the net three minutes into the first half, but it was returned by Alex Campbell with just 45 seconds left on the clock.

Both teams scored again in the second half, and it looked as though the stalemate would not be broken. Matthew Alderson managed to hit the back of the net with two minutes left in the second half to secure victory for Bridgefield.

Bridgefield team captain, Matthew Kendall commented: “It feels great to win the U17 Plate. We were hoping to qualify for the National Age Group semi-finals, but then we were knocked out – so we are happy to win the plate in the end.

“In between matches we eat together and bond as a team and that helps us to focus on the game.”

Boys U17 Plate Results and Group Tables

Group Stage
Watford8 – 3CheltenhamFT
City of Manchester B2 – 3GranthamFT
Bridgefield7 – 4City of NewportFT
Northampton5 – 7City of LeedsFT
Watford13 – 2City of Manchester BFT
Cheltenham8 – 4GranthamFT
Bridgefield12 – 5NorthamptonFT
City of Newport10 – 2City of LeedsFT
Watford9 – 3GranthamFT
Cheltenham7 – 5City of Manchester BFT
Bridgefield8 – 1City of LeedsFT
City of Newport7 – 2NorthamptonFT
7-8 Playoff
City of Manchester B5 – 10NorthamptonFT
5-6 Playoff
Grantham2 – 3City of LeedsFT
Bronze Medal Match
Cheltenham1 – 13City of NewportFT
Watford2 – 3BridgefieldFT

Group A

City of Manchester B3003-140

Group B

City of Newport3201104
City of Leeds3102-132