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North East take ASA Boys' U18 Inter Regionals 2016 title

North East Steelers lifted the ASA Water Polo Boys’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016 trophy after victory in Division One at the Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford.

The Steelers were the only undefeated team across both days of the Boys’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016 weekend and secured the top spot after a 10-6 victory over London.

Steelers player John Pratt shone the brightest against London, scoring six of the team’s goals including the final one in the last few minutes.

North East Water Polo Team Manager John Stephenson said: “Going in to the tournament our main objective was to remain in Division One for next year’s tournament.

“But it was clear from the start that the team were determined to pick up the trophy and they didn’t disappoint.

“They are a fantastic group of players who are totally committed to water polo and are a credit to all their coaches and clubs.”

South West took silver, while North West Tigers were third.


  • Top Goalscorer – Michael Murphy (Ireland)
  • Top Goalkeeper – Shane O’Brien (Ireland)

Team MVPs

  • North East Steelers – Connor Carpenter
  • South West – Nick Armitage-Bond
  • North West Tigers – Andrew Mattison
  • London Sharks – Aril Pandya
  • Ireland – Shane O’Brien

Boys’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016: Division One


Day One
London Sharks6 – 8North West TigersFT
Ireland8 – 9North East SteelersFT
London Sharks3 – 6South WestFT
North West Tigers7 – 9North East SteelersFT
Ireland10 – 14South WestFT
Day Two
Ireland9 – 11North West TigersFT
South West9 – 12North East SteelersFT
London Sharks8 – 6IrelandFT
South West9 – 6North West TigersFT
London Sharks6 – 10North East SteelersFT

Division One Table

North East Steelers4400108
South West430176
North West Tigers4202-14
London Sharks4103-72

Wales were triumphant at the Manchester Aquatics Centre as they took home the ASA Water Polo Boys’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016 Division Two title and secured promotion into the first division for 2017.

The Welsh side started with early victories over North East Reivers (13-2) and North West Ravens (25-1) before ending day one with a 5-5 draw with the Midlands.

Day two saw a refreshed Welsh team dominate their opening match against the South East (11-1) before securing their promotion with a 6-2 win over the side from the East Region.

John Evans, Welsh head coach, said: “The whole team really stood out this weekend. They worked really well together and this result is credit to their strong performances throughout the tournament.”

Team MVPs

  • South East – Ben Curtis
  • East – Jack Warman
  • Midlands – Matt Madden
  • North West Ravens – Jack Phillips
  • North East Reivers – Richard Murray
  • Wales – Stefan Geary

Boys’ U18 Inter Regionals 2016: Division Two


Day One
North West Ravens4 – 9MidlandsFT
Wales13 – 2North East ReiversFT
East5 – 3South EastFT
Wales25 – 1North West RavensFT
East4 – 6MidlandsFT
North East Reivers5 – 11South EastFT
Wales5 – 5MidlandsFT
North West Ravens5 – 8South EastFT
East13 – 1North East ReiversFT
Day Two
Wales11 – 1South EastFT
East15 – 2North West RavensFT
Midlands7 – 4North East ReiversFT
East2 – 6WalesFT
North West Ravens5 – 5North East ReiversFT
Midlands7 – 3South EastFT

Division Two Table

South East5203-74
North East Reivers5014-321
North West Ravens5014-451

Photo credit: Trevor Hyde