Finalists for U17 Boys National Age Group Championships are confirmedMarch 18, 2019
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 Manchester||10 – 6||Beckenham||FT|
|City of Bristol||9 – 15||Nova Centurion||FT|
|City of Manchester||22 – 5||City of Bristol||FT|
|Beckenham||7 – 13||Nova Centurion||FT|
|City of Manchester||13 – 13||Nova Centurion||FT|
|Beckenham||10 – 10||City of Bristol||FT|
|City of Manchester||3||2||1||0||21||5|
|City of Bristol||3||0||1||2||-23||1|
U17 Boys Group B
|City of Sheffield||5 – 10||West London Penguin||FT|
|Watford||14 – 13||Bridgefield||FT|
|City of Sheffield||8 – 12||Watford||FT|
|West London Penguin||10 – 9||Bridgefield||FT|
|City of Sheffield||8 – 17||Bridgefield||FT|
|West London Penguin||11 – 9||Watford||FT|
|West London Penguin||3||3||0||0||8||6|
|City of Sheffield||3||0||0||3||-18||0|