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Clean sweep for City of Manchester to defend U15s title

City of Manchester emerged victorious after an all North West final at the Swim England National Age Group Championships (U15s) boys competition.

The Manchester side made it through to the final without losing a match. They faced Bridgefield to see who would take home the title from the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Top performances from defending champions

City of Manchester sailed through the group stages with little fuss. They defeated Cheltenham 12-1, Chelmsford 11-5 and City of Bristol 18-1 during the group stages.

Heading into the semi-finals with confidence, they took on Watford who had come through a tough line up in Group B. Manchester once more prevailed, taking the match 7-2.

The final against Bridgefield had a tense first half, with both teams keeping almost level. In a tight fought first few minutes Bridgefield took the lead but Manchester came straight back to equalise.

An end-to-end half saw Manchester take a one-goal lead at the break but this was anyone’s game with both sides defending well.

In the second half, Manchester scored straight from the swim off and never looked back. Dominating the play they overpowered a very good Bridgefield team to finish worthy winners. The final score was 9-2.

Manchester also took all three individual awards. Callum Foulkes won best goalkeeper, Daniel Bentham top goal scorer and Tom Simpson MVP.

Team captain Tom Simpson said “I am thrilled to have captained such a talented group of players.

“I would like to thank our coaches Dan Paddon and Andy McGinty who have made us put in extra training hours to get ready for this prestigious event.”

Watford A take national bronze

After beating Rotherham Metro 4-3 in a tense first game in the group stages, then Newton Abbot 9-7 in their second game, Watford A were knocked back by Manchester in the semis.

However, they came into the bronze medal match against last year’s runners-up Caledonia with an air of confidence.

Watford A ran riot in the first half of the bronze medal match, scoring six without reply from the Scottish side.

Caledonia pulled one back in the second half but Watford scored two more without reply for a very comprehensive victory, finishing 10-1 victors.

Results and Group Tables

Click or tap on ‘PDF’ to download a match sheet for each fixture.

Play-Off Stage

13-14 Play-Off
City of Bristol18 – 1Watford BPDF
9-12 Play-Off
Chelmsford12 – 13Newton AbbotPDF
City of Manchester B5 – 8EalingPDF
11-12 Play-Off
Chelmsford12 – 8City of Manchester BPDF
9-10 Play-Off
Newton Abbot11 – 7EalingPDF
5-8 Play-Off
Cheltenham5 – 7Rotherham MetroPDF
City of Newport0 – 6Nova CenturionPDF
7-8 Play-Off
Cheltenham8 – 4City of NewportPDF
5-6 Play-Off
Rotherham Metro8 – 10Nova CenturionPDF
Semi-Finals
City of Manchester A7 – 2WatfordPDF
Caledonia2 – 13BridgefieldPDF
Bronze Match
Watford10 – 1CaledoniaPDF
Final
City of Manchester A9 – 2BridgefieldPDF

Group Stage

Group A
City of Manchester A12 – 1CheltenhamPDF
Chelmsford10 – 2City of Bristol
City of Manchester A11 – 5ChelmsfordPDF
Cheltenham12 – 1City of BristolPDF
City of Manchester A18 – 1City of BristolPDF
Cheltenham9 – 5ChelmsfordPDF
Group B
Rotherham Metro3 – 4Watford APDF
Rotherham Metro8 – 4Newton AbbotPDF
Watford A9 – 7Newton AbbotPDF
Group C
City of Manchester B5 – 8City of NewportPDF
City of Manchester B4 – 8CaledoniaPDF
City of Newport6 – 10CaledoniaPDF
Group D
Bridgefield8 – 7Nova CenturionPDF
Watford B0 – 21EalingPDF
Bridgefield22 – 0Watford BPDF
Nova Centurion7 – 7EalingPDF
Bridgefield6 – 4EalingPDF
Nova Centurion26 – 0Watford BPDF

Group A

TeamPWDLGDPts
City of Manchester A3300346
Cheltenham320144
Chelmsford3102-22
City of Bristol3003-360

Group B

TeamPWDLGDPts
Watford A220034
Rotherham Metro210132
Newton Abbot2002-60

Group C

TeamPWDLGDPts
Caledonia220084
City of Newport2101-12
City of Manchester B2002-70

Group D

TeamPWDLGDPts
Bridgefield3300256
Nova Centurion3111253
Ealing3111193
Watford B3003-690
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