Finalists for U17 Boys National Age Group Championships are confirmed

The four teams who will battle it out to be crowned Swim England Water Polo U17 Boys National Age Group champions have been confirmed.

City of Manchester, Nova Centurion, Watford and West London Penguin booked their place in the semi-finals, at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre, following the qualifying round at the Northampton School for Boys.

West London Penguin boasted a 100 per cent record as they topped Group B to reach the last four.

After opening their campaign with a 10-5 victory over City of Sheffield, the Penguins beat Bridgefield 10-9 and then ensured they sealed top spot with an 11-9 triumph over second-placed Watford.

There was a thrilling encounter in the winner-takes-all match in Group A as qualifiers City of Manchester and Nova Centurion drew 13-13.

City of Manchester won their first two matches 10-6 against Beckenham and 22-5 against City of Bristol.

Top spot on goal difference

Nova Centurion defeated City of Bristol 15-9 and Beckenham 13-7 to set up the group deciding clash against City of Manchester.

And it was City of Manchester who topped the table with a superior goal difference of 21 as both teams finished unbeaten on five points.

City of Manchester will now play Watford in the semi-finals at Liverpool over the weekend of 13-14 April, with West London Penguins taking on Nova Centurion.

Meanwhile, City of Cheltenham, Northampton, Cwm Draig and Caledonia will be aiming to be crowned U17 Boys Plate champions during the same weekend in Liverpool.

The next stage of the qualifying rounds takes place on the weekend of 23-24 March.

Grantham Meres Leisure Centre is the venue for the U17 Girls competition, while the U19 Boys are in action at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

U17 Boys Group A

City of Manchester10 – 6BeckenhamFT
City of Bristol9 – 15Nova CenturionFT
City of Manchester22 – 5City of BristolFT
Beckenham7 – 13Nova CenturionFT
City of Manchester13 – 13Nova CenturionFT
Beckenham10 – 10City of BristolFT
City of Manchester3210215
Nova Centurion3210125
City of Bristol3012-231

U17 Boys Group B

City of Sheffield5 – 10West London PenguinFT
Watford14 – 13BridgefieldFT
City of Sheffield8 – 12WatfordFT
West London Penguin10 – 9BridgefieldFT
City of Sheffield8 – 17BridgefieldFT
West London Penguin11 – 9WatfordFT
West London Penguin330086
City of Sheffield3003-180