North West Tigers win U18 boys inter-regional title to complete hat-trickFebruary 3, 2020
North West Tigers were crowned Division One champions at the Swim England Water Polo Boys’ U18 Inter Regional Championships 2020, securing the squad’s third consecutive age group title.
After opening their campaign at Ponds Forge with a 9-6 win over East Midlands, North West then sealed another narrow win against London Sharks.
A comfortable 30-8 rout of the East region set up a grandstand finish in the division, with their final opponents, North East Steelers, also having won their first three games.
North West took a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period, courtesy of goals from Sebastian Thompson and Harry Dunkerley.
A second period hat-trick from Charles Moore extended their lead to 7-4 at half-time, before Dunkerley, Moore and Martin Stefanov added goals to seal the decisive 11-8 win.
Head coach Andy Wilson said: “It has been a pleasure to coach the North West U18 boys, building on the great work they achieved at U14 and U16 level with coaches Zak Sly and Ant McGuinness.
“It was a great honour to coach the team, especially as the boys showed great courage, discipline and skill to win the tournament against some very tough opposition.”
Irish pip South West
South West were runners-up in Division Two after being beaten by Ireland in a tense final.
South West finished second behind the Irish in Group B, thanks to a 6-6 draw with Scotland Saltires in their final group stage game.
That set up a semi-final clash against Group C winners West Midlands and there was nothing to separate the two teams heading into the final period, with the score locked at 4-4.
But late goals to Angus Nile, James Coleman and Luke Tubby wrapped up a 7-6 win to send South West into the final.
Their run was ended by Ireland, who won the showpiece 7-5 to add to the Under 18 girls’ division one title they won in January.
Fixtures & Results
|East||7 – 22||London Sharks||FT|
|East Midlands||6 – 9||North West Tigers||FT|
|East||9 – 25||North East Steelers||FT|
|London Sharks||10 – 13||North West Tigers||FT|
|East Midlands||6 – 13||North East Steelers||FT|
|London Sharks||15 – 10||East Midlands||FT|
|East||8 – 30||North West Tigers||FT|
|London Sharks||8 – 12||North East Steelers||FT|
|East||4 – 16||East Midlands||FT|
|North West Tigers||11 – 8||North East Steelers||FT|
|North West Tigers||4||4||0||0||31||8|
|North East Steelers||4||3||0||1||24||6|
Fixtures & Results
|Ireland||8 – 7||South East||FT|
|West Midlands||11 – 2||North West Ravens||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 6||South West||FT|
|South East||2 – 3||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|West Midlands||19 – 1||Wales||FT|
|South East||3 – 6||South West||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 4||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|North West Ravens||6 – 6||Wales||FT|
|South West||6 – 6||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|North West Ravens||2||0||1||1||-9||1|
|Scotland||3 – 4||South East||FT|
|Wales||2 – 15||South East||FT|
|Scotland||20 – 2||Wales||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 1||NW Ravens||FT|
|West Midlands||6 – 7||South West||FT|
|NW Ravens||6 – 10||West Midlands||FT|
|Ireland||7 – 5||South West||FT|