East win Division One of Boys' U16 Inter RegionalsSeptember 14, 2017
East region’s boys lifted the U16 Inter Regional Division One Title after completing an unbeaten campaign in Grantham.
The East had two re-arranged fixtures to play after the second day of the original tournament was postponed.
Having won both their matches from the original competition, East took on North West Tigers in their first rescheduled game in Grantham.
Tigers were the only other team unbeaten from the first set of matches and were looking to land the Boys’ U16 title for the second year in succession.
But it was the East who burst out of the blocks in the match, establish a 7-4 lead through three quarters.
To their credit, Tigers pulled off the comeback in the final quarter, scoring three to share the spoils at 7-7.
East defeat London Sharks in second game
East returned to the water against London Sharks in their second game, closing out an 11-8 victory to move to the top of the group table.
And with Tigers defeated 14-8 by North East Steelers in the final match of the day, the title was awarded to the East.
I truly believe we would have won
“The competition had to be split over two weekends due to the Grantham pool boiler room flooding and this helped our cause but I truly believe that we still would have won,” said head coach Dean Walker.
“Thanks to the new regime of regular regional training and the programme put in place for development under the new water polo manager Martin Atkinson, East Region Water Polo has grown from strength to strength.
“A big thanks to all the club coaches that have all bought in to this and have trusted me to build something that does take players away sometimes from their home training programme.”
Results and Group Table
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|North East Steelers||10 – 8||London Sharks|
|Scotland||3 – 24||North West Tigers|
|North East Steelers||5 – 6||East|
|London Sharks||5 – 12||North West Tigers|
|Scotland||7 – 17||East|
|Scotland||0 – 5||London Sharks|
|North East Steelers||5 – 0||Scotland|
|East||7 – 7||North West Tigers|
|East||11 – 8||London Sharks|
|North East Steelers||14 – 8||North West Tigers|
|North East Steelers||4||3||0||1||12||6|
|North West Tigers||4||2||1||1||22||5|