Get ready for the Swim England National U15 ChampsOctober 13, 2017
The Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships (U15s) 2017 are taking place this weekend at Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Just like the U17 and U19 Champs which took place earlier in the year, the U15s will see some of the top junior water polo players in the country battling for national honours.
Follow this year’s event
You can keep track of all the live scores from this year’s events on the Live Water Polo page.
There are 14 teams competing in the boys’ competition on Saturday, including defending champions City of Manchester A and runners up Caledonia WPC.
Eighteen matches will take place in the group stages before the top two teams from each group make their way into the Playoffs.
The girls’ competition on Sunday features nine teams split into three groups. The competition will be played as a round robin tournament until the semi-finals, when just four teams will fight for a place the final.
Last year’s champions London Otter will be hoping to hold on to the title for a third consecutive year. But they will face tough competition from City of Manchester, last year’s runners up Newton Abbot and City of Liverpool.
The context of the contest – round-up from 2016
Last year City of Manchester A were crowned champions of the boys’ competition after beating Caledonia WPC in the final.
It was a closely contested match, with little to separate the teams. Manchester held their composure to take the match in penalties.
The North West side were unbeaten on the road to the final. They saw off Beckenham and Cheltenham in the group stages, Ealing in the semis then Caledonia in the final.
- Click here to see results and read the full final match report from the 2016 boys’ championships.
London Otter dominated the girls’ competition in 2016, conceding just five goals in as many matches in the group stage.
They faced City of Liverpool in the semis, who incidentally were their rivals in the 2015 final. They took victory with a score of 12-2.
Newton Abbot were waiting for the London side in the final. Although they put in some impressive performances, they were shut out in the final as Otter emerged victorious with an 11-0 win.
- Click here to see results and read the full final match report from the 2016 girls’ championships.